Mecklenburg County is one of five pilot sites for Project NO REST (North Carolina Organizing and Responding to the Exploitation and Sexual Trafficking of Children). An initiative of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, Project NO REST is a statewide project intended to increase the awareness of and enhance the response to human trafficking of North Carolina youth and young adults through age 25.
Pat’s Place is the lead agency for Mecklenburg County Project NO REST and is responsible for coordinating efforts among multiple agencies to address human trafficking issues locally and to enhance the coordinated response to these individuals. Core agencies partnering with Pat’s Place include the Department of Social Services, Present Age Ministries, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
The Mecklenburg County project objectives are to identify the scope of human trafficking of children and young adults in Mecklenburg County, identify current capacity/resources and gaps in the service delivery system, and improve outcomes for those who are affected.
For more information, or to find out how you can help, please contact Shawna Pagano, Mecklenburg County Project NO REST Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.