LOWCOUNTRY COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
PO BOX 22853
HILTON HEAD SC 29925-2853
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
LOWCOUNTRY COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Address PO BOX 22853
HILTON HEAD , SC 299252853
Telephone (843) 301-1179
E-mail LCAHT1@GMAIL.COM
Projected Annual Revenue $16,000.00 (2015)
Mission Statement

Working to eradicate human trafficking, we will create a local network of community members within Beaufort County, including medical and health care organizations, law enforcement, victim services, business organizations, faith-based and civic organizations, the media and other interested parties, to coordinate resources to provide: outreach to the community through public awareness and education; access to necessary services and goods for victims of human trafficking; and, advocacy for stronger new federal and state legislation as necessary.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Not Applicable
Board Chair Mrs. Mary Jo Riley
Board Chair Company Affiliation NA
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
NameYear
LOWCOUNTRY COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING2011
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Statements
Mission

Working to eradicate human trafficking, we will create a local network of community members within Beaufort County, including medical and health care organizations, law enforcement, victim services, business organizations, faith-based and civic organizations, the media and other interested parties, to coordinate resources to provide: outreach to the community through public awareness and education; access to necessary services and goods for victims of human trafficking; and, advocacy for stronger new federal and state legislation as necessary.

Background  

The Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking began in 2010 under the sponsorship of the Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island and quickly organized itself to become a 501(c)(3) organization. However, it was the sincere passion and motivation of its primary founder, Janice Dyer, and her own discovery about the terrible tragedy of human trafficking around the globe that inspired her desire to bring others within our local community into a deeper understanding and raised awareness of this significant issue that affects millions of victims worldwide and even people within Beaufort County. Therefore, since inception, LCHAT’s primary motive has been to educate Beaufort County citizens about the labor and sex trafficking issues that are prevalent around the world, in our nation and within our own community and to provide resources for active responses to the issue within the State of South Carolina and Beaufort County.

Currently the organization serves the public, specifically residents and visitors to Beaufort County, in that it seeks to educate, inform, provide resources and provide opportunities for thoughtful discussion of the issues. Primarily, this has been achieved through: developing a local speaker’s bureau; events and fundraising; by developing an annual conference to raise awareness about human trafficking; and, by establishing a network of concerned citizens from a variety of professional realms and backgrounds. The aim has been to infuse an energetic response within our local community that demands heightened understanding of the issues and gathering/identifying adequate resources to address relevant cases of human trafficking within Beaufort County.

Impact Accomplishment #1: LCAHT successfully organized approximately 150 local individuals to become involved and supportive of the problems surrounding human trafficking in the Lowcountry.

Accomplishment #2: LCAHT successfully hosted its 4th annual conference attracting national, regional and local speakers to present and discuss issues surrounding human trafficking

Accomplishment #3: LCAHT recently was awarded two community grants: first from the Wexford Foundation ($4,000),  from the Zonta Club of Hilton Head. ($2,000) and from the SC Physicians Care Charity ($6,000). The total sum of these two grans equates to $16,000 which is being used toward the 2016 annual conference budget of $7,875.00

Accomplishment #4: LCAHT has received volunteer assistance to develop a Website Strategy Review and Action Plan to develop a better website for the organization that can present information to the public in a more concise manner, can present a unified branded voice, can add more relevant photos and/or videos to better visualize the issues, transition to a new template design that is administratively friendly.

Organization’s Lifetime Achievement Accomplishment: In 2012, LCHAT was able to organize a group of concerned citizens and lawmakers to help the South Carolina General Assembly to pass the first-ever labor and sex trafficking legislation in the State of South Carolina, representing some of the toughest legislation in the nation.

Goal #1: To develop a strategic plan for LCAHT to carry the organization into the future, so that the progress already achieved doesn’t fade as, “one-and-done.” LCHAT envisions a sustainable, long-term organization, having a tangible impact on the citizens of Beaufort County. This impact would be in the form of fostering a community of individuals and professionals who wholeheartedly recognize and embrace human trafficking as one of the greatest problems facing our world as well as the Lowcountry.

Goal #2: To have a successful 5th annual conference in January 2016. The conference location will be Christian Renewal Church, Hilton Head Island. Currently, the speakers for the conference will be: South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Assistant U.S. Attorney from Georgia, Camille Wright, and filmmaker Bob Bilheimer. A “successful” conference would have participation from at least 150 individuals, and a “very successful” conference would have participation of nearly 300 individuals.

Needs Urgent Need #1: The most pressing need is for the organization to successfully complete a visioning/ strategic planning workshop with the aid of a professional consultant so that long-terms goals can be stablished for the organization. LCAHT would like to define even better what it hopes to accomplish within the Lowcountry community, beyond being an educational and networking resource. To date LCAHT is extremely proud of its accomplishments since inception in 2009, but believes it can offer even more to the community in terms of advocacy, activism and victim resources.

Urgent Need #2: LCAHT has no current method of regular funding. Acquiring regular income sources and establishing an annual budget, beyond an annual conference budget, will help establish the organization for long-term success and to reach long-term goals.  

Urgent Need #3: LCAHT needs to be able to successfully brand and market itself (via the Internet and social media) as well as to promote the upcoming 2016 annual conference to attract a large audience.

CEO/Executive Director Statement The Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking is 100% volunteer based. There are no paid employees or directors. 
Board Chair Statement

Human Trafficking has always been a focus of Zonta International, a leading organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. In 2009, after attending sessions at a Zonta District Conference on human trafficking, many of the members of the Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island felt that human trafficking was an issue that our club should focus our efforts. As president of the Zonta Club of Hilton Head in 2010, it was my goal to look at how we could move from just talking among ourselves about this form of slavery to educating our community. One Zontian in particular, Jan Dyer, found the subject especially abhorrent and I asked her to help move this goal forward. With the help of our members, the Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking (LCAHT) was formed to raise awareness of human trafficking and to build the networks necessary to investigate it and to help victims rebuild their lives.  We are a 501(c)3 with a shoestring budget that is run entirely by volunteers.


When we first started, few in our community understood what human trafficking was and even fewer thought it was something that could occur in Beaufort County. LCAHT has developed a trained speaker’s bureau making presentations to a number of groups throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties. We have successfully engaged key partners on the signs of human trafficking and how best to respond including the local law enforcement agencies, other NGO’s, local health services organizations, and members of the community at large.


 With a seven member board and a steering committee made up of dozens of volunteers, we have grown into a respectable local organization known throughout the state. Running an organization with 100% volunteers is especially challenging. I like most of our volunteers have family and career responsibilities which restricts the time we can spend working for LCAHT. I am very sensitive to our members’ time constraints because it is our member volunteers who get things done. It is my intent to invite our volunteers to come and go as their time permits and invite everyone interested in combatting human trafficking to join. We do have a core of dedicated volunteers whose talents keep us moving forward. They come from all walks of life – law enforcement, banking, marketing, social services, health care and others. LCAHT volunteers also participate in the State Task Force on Human Trafficking in Columbia and are looking to participate in the newly formed Lowcountry task force on human trafficking.  Sometimes it feels like we move at a snail’s pace but we do make progress every year.


Because we are a young organization, we do have some growing pains. We’ve been working to develop our governing documents – policy’s and plans - and recruiting talented people interested in serving as board members. The latter is especially challenging given the number of opportunities for non-profit work throughout our community.  


To-date, we have had two major accomplishments: 1 - the passage of a state law that addresses the crime of human trafficking and increases penalties for human traffickers; and 2 - increased public awareness of what human trafficking is and why it is a crime that undoubtedly occurs in the Lowcountry.


Our signature event each year is a free, informational conference featuring local and national experts on human trafficking.   In January, 2016 we will hold our most comprehensive conference to date. “From Awareness, to Advocacy to Action” is this year’s theme. We are working to schedule experts able to speak from the law enforcement and social service perspectives of human trafficking and survivors of human trafficking to tell us about their personal experiences. We couldn’t do this without a dedicated chairperson - even organizing and planning while working overseas – all via email.


My personal goals for this organization include a statewide billboard campaign, recruitment of additional talented board members, and development of a strategic plan, development of a youth program within the local school system, and development of comprehensive, professional looking PR and marketing materials.


Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
Jasper County
Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie, Hardeeville geographic areas are the primary areas being targeted.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Mary Jo Riley
Company Affiliation NA
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2016
Email mj.riley@fwagroup.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Rick Carr Volunteer
Mr. Craig Dobson Volunteer
Mrs. Jan Dyer Volunteer
Mr. Max Fratoddi Volunteer
Mrs. Jessica Maples Volunteer
Ms. Aysha Merrill Volunteer Student
Mr. Hank Noble Volunteer
Mrs. Barbara Pawlishyn Volunteer
Mrs. Mary Jo Riley Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 77%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Not Applicable
Experience NA - LCAHT Currently has no paid employees and no Executive Director.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 35
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

Our signature event each year is a free, informational conference featuring local and national experts on human trafficking.   

In September 2014, LCAHT hosted its 4th annual conference, attended by 125 people, and welcoming guest speakers from the following organizations:

    • Catherine Godwin -Regional Coordinator, Polaris Project www.polarisproject.org

    • Special Agent Jason Medica - Supervisory Special Agent US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

    • Marie Sazehn - Coordinator, SC Human Trafficking Task Force

    • Eric Pauley - FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Innocence Lost Coordinator

 

In 2016, LCAHT will host its 5th annual conference, our most comprehensive event to date. “From Awareness, to Advocacy to Action” is this year’s theme. LCAHT is working diligently now to attract prominent speakers who can attract an even larger, wider audience. The goal of the conference is to elevate the public’s awareness of human trafficking and to promote heightened alertness and responsiveness to the issues. 

The conference location will be Christian Renewal Church, Hilton Head Island. Currently, the speakers for the conference will be: South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Assistant U.S. Attorney from Georgia, Camille Wright, and filmmaker Bob Bilheimer.

Budget $7,785
Short Term Success  A “successful” conference would have participation from at least 150 individuals, and a “very successful” conference would have participation of nearly 300 individuals.


Long Term Success  

LCAHT hopes that through hosting successful, growing annual conferences, that the organization will continue to grow and will become sustainable and thriving for the long term future, having a tangible impact on the citizens of Beaufort County. This impact would be in the form of fostering a community of individuals and professionals who wholeheartedly recognize and embrace human trafficking as one of the greatest problems facing our world as well as the Lowcountry.

 

Today’s form of human trafficking is a modern version of human slavery, greater than ever imagined in ages past. LCAHT wants to be a part of the solution for eradicating this evil and wants to be able to provide solutions over the long haul. It is a known fact that locations with high levels of service industry jobs, such as in Beaufort County, are especially vulnerable to human trafficking. Thus, LCAHT wants to be a part of its eradication, now and into the future.

 

To do so requires LCHAT to influence our community and to become a healthy, self-sustaining, winsome, vibrant organization, capable of advancing further education, awareness, advocacy and victim assistance surrounding the tragedy of human trafficking. Long term, this may involve LCAHT launching initiatives beyond education that could potential provide resources such as safe houses and other support structures to fight this issues.


Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Other program (annual conference) success measurements will be achieved through an end of conference survey, as well as the number of names we are able to add to our email database. Through these measures, LCAHT can continue to chart it course for the future and sign up new volunteers, and potential new donors to aid in future causes.
Description LCAHT Board and Steering Committee Members seek out and offer groups the opportunity to learn more about human and sex trafficking in the Lowcountry through a free public presentation.  The presentations offer groups such as Zonta, Rotary, hospitality industry organizations and companies the ability to educate their members/volunteers/employees about the concerns faced locally and around the nation.
Budget $0
Short Term Success Welcome response, questions, desire to get involved, and new volunteer/donor recruitment.
Long Term Success More opportunities to speak.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY NA
Description The LCAHT website, www.lcaht.org, offers a one-stop shop resource to learn more about human and sex trafficking issues facing our community as well as the world.  In addition, there are links and resources to other organizations actively fighting for justice, as well as links for victim assistance and crime prevention reporting. 
Budget $100
Short Term Success

More email subscribers, to build the LCAHT database, so that more people can be reached through newsletters and other forms of communication.

Promotion of events related to human and sex trafficking, building attendance. 

Increased blog stories about human and and sex trafficking prevention success stories in the Lowcountry and beyond.
Long Term Success

The LCAHT website priorities are to:

Effectively communicating LCAHT's mission and vision. 

 
Creating a desire for increased participation by the greater Beaufort and Jasper County community, in learning more and raising awareness about human and sex trafficking in the Lowcountry, across our nation and even internationally.
 
Developing understanding and awareness to encourage more citizens to actively participate in making positive changes to prevent/report on human trafficking that will better our community. 
 
Providing access to key resources, such as health and human service organizations, law enforcement contacts, human/sex trafficking and abuse organization contacts, and more.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY The website is currently well-established with good content.  However, additional upgrades/overhauls are being pursued to enhance Google analytics (web monitoring and tracking), to create better content management capabilities (a better template), to create a better calendar of events platform, to edit/bring cohesiveness to the copy, to add more visuals in the form of photos, graphics, or short videos, to update navigation and to improve the look and feel (brand identity).
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $16,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,785.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$697----
Administration Expense$1,725----
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.71----
Program Expense/Total Expenses29%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2016
Comments
Organization Comments

Currently the main expenses are for the annual LCAHT 2016 Conference, budget ($7,775) as well as website hosting.  We have a 100% volunteer organization.  We are applying to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry currently for an Organizational Development Grant.  In 2015 we've been approved for a Wexford Community grant ($4,000), a Zonta grant ($2,000) as well as recently, September 22, a SC Physicians Grant ($10,000). We will applying these funds to the conference expenses and other priorities as to be determined.  We hope to grow the conference to increase awareness, action and advocacy regarding human and sex trafficking within our community.

Nonprofit LOWCOUNTRY COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Address PO BOX 22853
HILTON HEAD , SC 299252853
Primary Phone (843) 301-1179
Contact Email LCAHT1@GMAIL.COM
CEO/Executive Director Not Applicable
Board Chair Mrs. Mary Jo Riley
Board Chair Company Affiliation NA
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
LOWCOUNTRY COALITION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING