Media, Press

Media Coverage is a Public Service

Public Service


Media focus on human trafficking is a service to the general public.

Requests from media are welcome. Many sources of information are available.


The Task Force is ready to help provide the statistics and information needed to support efforts to inform the public and raise awareness in our community.

Info Sources


Get Informed, which is a section offered on this website, highlights a few of many fact sheets, sources and videos for a quick study of human trafficking.

Blue Campaign


The US Department of Homeland Security, in its role on the Presidential Interagency Task Force, has launched the Blue Campaign, which provides excellent resources, information and federal data on human trafficking in the US and globally.

Best Practices


The US Department of State, with the US Department of Homeland Security, leads the collaborative anti-human trafficking initiatives of the federal government.


They have developed suggested best practices for many professions, including media; e.g., standard nomenclature and statistical reports.


They have also highlighted exemplary reporting from the Associated Press, CCN, Des Moines Register, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and other media outlets.

Task Force Members

Each Task Force Member offers a range of data specific to their functions and jurisdictions. Many have their own press departments with fact sheets and options for interviews available.

Community Partners

Community Partners, such as the Polaris Project, include NGOs which publish data used by most Task Force Members as well. 

Task Force Support


For Task Force resource lists, contacts and further information, or for interviews with Task Force Committee Chairpersons or other leaders, contact Task Force Coordinator, Teresa Hartnett.

Top Picks

The following are topics most useful for the public to know. The Task Force respectfully requests the media consider the best practices suggested by the US Department of State and consider the following when preparing coverage for the Northern Virginia Region.


TOP PRIORITY (Please run this as a sidebar or marquis in coverage!)


National Human Trafficking Hotline is the priority for public notice. It should be emphasized this is managed by Polaris. It is not connected to law enforcement. The hotline is confidential and open to victims as well as anyone concerned about a victim or possible victim. Translated PSAs and widgets for the article or your website are available here.



  • All demographic groups affected

  • Types of human trafficking

  • Signs of human trafficking

  • How to report suspected human trafficking

  • Not to engage or confront traffickers

  • Online dangers of grooming children and teens


  • Online and other child/teen safety programs

  • How and why to host a speaker

  • How to volunteer

Human Trafficking in Regional Press


Special shout-out to local press who help deliver important information about human trafficking - including how to stay safe and keep children and youth safe in our neighborhoods.


Most recent examples of human trafficking covered in local press.

Special Report: The Reality of Teen Sex Trafficking in Northern Virginia

Investigation by Dr. Wallicia Gill and Brad Swenson

Published in The Blue View, August 15, 2018

Teen Sex Trafficking Hits Close to Home

PDF Local Paper 

Excerpt of Investigation by Dr. Wallicia Gill and Brad Swenson

Published in The Connection and 16 local papers, October, 4, 2018

Human Trafficking Survivors Panel

National Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2018

Julie Carie of NBC4 Local News (January 26, 2018) interviewed one of the survivors and covered our full panel presentation


The Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force website is for informational purposes only.  Information here is not and should not be considered comprehensive. This website has been designed to be a starting point for public inquiry and awareness. The Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force adheres to a strict prohibition on making and/or commenting on public policy. The Task Force does not speak for or represent individual Members and/or Community Partners, whose missions, policies, etc. may be found through their organizations directly. The Task Force does not accept donations or raise funds. The Task Force is not a law enforcement agency. This website is not a venue for reporting crime except insofar as some links to law enforcement and hotlines may be useful. Links and contact information provided herein have been provided and are updated through best efforts of volunteers. If contact information is found to be outdated, current information on contact data may also be found via telephonic or online searches. Please report incidents or suspected incidents of human trafficking directly to local law enforcement. CALL 911 IF YOU OR ANYONE IS IN DANGER. Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 (TYY 711) or Text 233733 if you or someone you know may need a way out of sex trafficking, coerced labor or domestic servitude but don't know for sure what to do next. Are you having problems with the site or its links? Contact Webmaster here. powered by