History of SWAHT
Savannah Working Against Human Trafficking, Inc. (SWAHT) was founded under the auspices of the Zonta Club of Savannah. On April 1, 2008, Zonta, in partnership with the HOLA Program of Armstrong-Atlantic State University, brought the first training about human trafficking to Savannah, as well as a screening of the movie, Trade. At the close of the 3-hour training session, an FBI agent, a university professor, a social worker, and a college student volunteered to form a Working Group chaired by a Zontian to study and recommend actions for combating human trafficking in Savannah. The Working Group recommended the establishment of SWAHT and the organization was incorporated on 5/25/2009.
SWAHT Mission Statement
To eradicate the hidden crime of human trafficking in Savannah, Georgia and its environs by working to:
Serve as a forum for discussing the issue; developing a community strategy for combating the crime, and a protocol for handling identified victims.
Promote community awareness of human trafficking’s regional, national, and international scope.
Educate the community on how to identify victims and report suspected human trafficking.
Establish a network of law enforcement, government agencies, service providers, and community residents to combat human trafficking.