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, who builds important relationships with domestic victims as they are being trafficked. These relationships will allow them to begin to trust again, assisting them on this long journey to freedom and healing, providing healthy options all along the way. Once they are recovered, we provide important crisis response the first 48 hours after recovery. If they choose to stay in the area and 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 to set them up for successful reintegration 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 in our everyday world, we consider it our role to empower the whole community, including those of other beliefs, to make a difference.
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 the community members and their 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.