Project COPE


Project C.O.P.E. is a youth focused program that aims to provide awareness on human trafficking and factors that make youth susceptible to trafficking. We do this by providing training, technical assistance, and resources to youth and community leaders that interact with youth throughout the state. Since launching in 2015, Project C.O.P.E. has collaborated with many partners throughout North Carolina and has trained over 2,000 professionals, community members, advocates and youth to expand the scope of human trafficking awareness and preventative efforts.


Getting the community involved and aware is a pivotal part in the fight against human trafficking in North Carolina. In accordance with Senate bill 279, Project C.O.P.E. provides education on human trafficking and healthy relationships in schools and communities across the state. Project C.O.P.E. schedules partner meetings for current partners, participates in various speaking engagements, town halls and many other outreach activities. Additionally, we host conferences for youth to provide a plate form to give them a voice and tools for success. This grant cycle, as a special initiative Project C.O.P.E. aims to reach out to rural communities to provide accessible training and resources.


Project C.O.P.E.’s purpose is to improve and expand resources for those at risk for sexual exploitation. The project aims to increase protective factors in the lives of vulnerable populations throughout North Carolina. The data collected throughout this project will also be utilized to help improve child safety throughout North Carolina.


One of the projects main goal is to increase awareness on the issue of human trafficking in order to eradicate it from our state. Project C.O.P.E. empowers communities by making them aware of resources available in their area and teaching them how to collaborate and utilize those resources.  

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