Terrebonne Parish received a grant from the Governor’s Office to hire a Child and Youth Trafficking Coordinator for the region.
The Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s Office, the Terrebonne Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office announced on Monday that the Governor’s Office funded this through the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. Maci Hidalgo, of Terrebonne Children’s Advocacy Center, was selected as Regional 3 Liaison.
“We would like to that everyone who diligently worked on this grant and look forward to the impact this will have for our Parish and the State,” said Joesph Waitz Jr., DA. “Anyone who may have suspicions of this occurring in our community now has a direct point of contact.”
The coordinator will assist Terrebonne and Lafourche as well as surrounding areas, serving as a liaison in providing statewide resources and services to assist victims and their families. The grant will fund a 2 year project titled “The Collaborative,” where nine regional coordinators work as a team to tackle human trafficking in Louisiana. The will be responsible for organizing training, and educating the community, said the release.
“Recognizing the signs and being able to identify a potential victim in such a wide range of how this crime can be operated, could truly help those in need,” said the release.
According to the release, “Victims are often transported from one Parish to another, and it’s crucial for everyone to remain connected throughout the different areas of the State.”
Each coordinator will create a multi-disciplinary response trafficking team, which will consist of representatives from several agencies, departments, and organizations in the community to discuss the issue and how to solve it.
The Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers is contracted to provide support to oversee the CAC and its coordinators. Maci Hidalgo can be reached at (985) 872-5437.