Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVA-HTI) exists to eradicate sex and labor trafficking in Northern Virginia.
To eradicate human trafficking and restore those impacted through awareness, prayer, partnerships, intervention, and victim services.
To network, serve, pray, and create awareness to mobilize the local Church and community to make a difference in its own neighborhoods and ultimately, eradicate human trafficking in Northern Virginia. NOVA-HTI stands on the front lines of human trafficking by connecting with the public, law enforcement, service providers, and volunteers to identify those being trafficked and provide intervention, crisis response and aftercare services.
Our work begins with our Intervention Team, which builds relationships with domestic victims as they are being trafficked. These relationships allow them to begin to trust again and assists them them on their long journey to freedom and healing. We provide important crisis response the first 48 hours after victims are recovered. If they choose to continue with our trauma-informed case management, we provide a full assessment of needs and begin to build a strong support structure that will help them successfully reintegrate into society.
NOVA-HTI strives to multiply its efforts and its model across the nation and empower communities to recognize and eradicate trafficking.
What We Believe:
Our hope is that victims of abuse and injustice will be fully restored through a relationship with Jesus. Although we believe the Church is responsible for creating an environment of justice and mercy, we consider it our role to empower the whole community, including those of other beliefs, to make a difference. View our statement of faith here.
We help all victims who choose to work with us, regardless of their faith.
In 2010, our congressional representative, Frank Wolf, asked the local faith community to be involved in the fight against human trafficking in Northern Virginia. The Pastors Consortium, a local group of church leaders, heeded this call by forming a team called the Loudoun Human Trafficking Task Force.
The Task Force decided the best way to fight trafficking was to serve those already in the fight, such as government agencies, non-profits, and service providers, by funneling community members and resources to them and by creating awareness within the community.
At the beginning of 2013, we re-branded ourselves as the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVA - HTI), officially becoming a 501(c)3 organization, and in 2014, we revised our mission statement to clarify our role in fighting human trafficking and caring for victims.
We are excited about being able to serve all who are interested in being part of this cause.