Project NO REST is addressing the growing problem of human trafficking in North Carolina, specifically, the trafficking of children, youth, and young adults. Funded by the U.S. Children’s Bureau, the goals of the project are to increase awareness of human trafficking and to reduce the number of children, youth, and young adults who are trafficked. Through public engagement and collaboration, the overall mission of Project NO REST is to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults who are victims of trafficking networks.
During the first year, Project NO REST staff organized a group of 80 stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to address trafficking in North Carolina. The stakeholder group included representatives from state and local agencies, law enforcement, the courts, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations and businesses. The comprehensive plan developed through this collaboration addresses trafficking prevention, youth engagement and outreach, screening and assessment of trafficking survivors, services and practices, data and evaluation, and funding.
In addition to implementing the comprehensive plan in multiple sites across North Carolina, the Project NO REST team is working with Capitol Broadcasting (Raleigh, NC) to implement an anti-trafficking public awareness campaign. The staff of Project NO REST is also working with the State Bureau of Investigation and the Human Trafficking Commission to implement an information, referral, and trafficking tip line.
community leaders and sta from agencies across the State participated with Project NO REST to develop a comprehensive, coordinated antitracking plan to address tracking of children, youth, and young adults.