PCCAHT welcomes Nikki Locklear, director of domestic violence/sexual assault/human trafficking program of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs

Nikki Locklear

The Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking will welcome guest speaker Nikki Locklear, director of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Human Trafficking Program for the NC Commission of Indian Affairs within the NC Department of Administration, at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 18 at Oakmont Baptist Church.

Locklear will discuss the intersection of how systemic oppression and discrimination against Native American people has led to a disproportionate level of human trafficking among indigenous people. Locklear will also discuss the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women across the country and in North Carolina.

Locklear is an expert in the domestic violence/sexual assault/human trafficking field, serving more than 13 years in advocacy and more than 10 years in direct services.

Throughout her career, she has worked on many projects in North Carolina to assist and inform victims of violence in tribal communities.

Most recently she has spearheaded a “Serving American Indian Victims” webinar series that is available through the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website.

She has served on the Regional Council for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and is currently serving on the NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking Board as a member of the Community and Faith based Committee.

She is also a member of the NC Domestic Violence Commissions Victim Services subcommittee and the Governors Crime Commission Advisory Board. For the past few years, she has written the Governors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Awareness Day Proclamation. Her goal is to assist victims of interpersonal violence in North Carolina and in tribal communities in receiving culturally specific services that aid in supportive care.

“It is an honor to have Miss Locklear speak to our coalition this month,” said Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking Facilitator Pam Strickland.

“Her expertise in the field of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault through the lens of serving tribal communities is invaluable. We cannot address the issue of human trafficking without understanding how systemic oppression continues to lead to the exploitation of Native American communities across this state, and frankly, the entire country.”

Executive Director of the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Use to discuss substance use and human trafficking

The Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking will meet Thursday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 a.m. virtually.

Lillie Malpass, Executive Director of PCCSU

The September meeting will feature guest speaker, Lillie Malpass (she/her/hers), the executive director of the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Use (PCCSU).

Malpass completed her masters in public health from East Carolina University in 2020. She is a certified health education specialist and is passionate about educating the community on substance use, trauma and recovery.

Originally from Hallsboro, N.C., Malpass now considers Pitt County her second home.

She is currently teaching two sections of HLTH 4611 – Program Evaluation for the Department of Health Education and Promotion at ECU.

“The intersection between substance use and human trafficking in Pitt County and all of North Carolina is large,” said PCCAHT facilitator Pam Strickland.

“It is important that we come to the table and talk about these intersections and how one leads to the other or vice versa. Ms. Malpass will offer our coalition insight into the issue in Pitt County, as well as an avenue for professionals at our table to collaborate with professionals and community members at hers.”

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Survivor advocate with Karana Rising to speak at June meeting

Ashley Lowe, survivor and advocate with Karana Rising

The Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking will welcome Ashley Lowe, survivor and advocate, to speak on her experiences and her work around providing support to girl survivors of exploitation and trafficking during the scheduled June meeting.

Lowe works as an advocate for the nonprofit organization Karana Rising.

Karana Rising is a 501©3 nonprofit led by a community of young survivors who are harnessing the pain and exploitation of their past, wielding it as their power to create stronger and better futures for themselves and fellow survivors around the globe.

Karana Rising supports survivors for life, not just a season, customizing a path to wellness that involves body, mind, soul, and community.

“I love advocating for girls who were like me,” Lowe said.

“When growing up, I felt like there weren’t enough resources for girls that were like myself and experienced some of the things that I encountered into my adolescent years. I love what I do and I love telling my story because our voices need to be heard. I live by the motto reach one teach one. I want to teach and educate young women and girls that they are not alone and there are people that have in their shoes and understand where they come from.”

Pam Strickland, PCCAHT facilitator and founder of NC Stop Human Trafficking said the voices and the stories of survivors are imperative when developing localized services and resources.

“As a community, we need to understand what survivors need, and not impose as service providers what we think they need,” Strickland said.

“We are excited to hear Ms. Lowe offer up sound advice and wisdom that she possesses through her lived experience and advocacy work.”

The Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking meets on the third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. via zoom and in person at the new Farmville Public Library, 4276 W Church St, Farmville.

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LAMB’s Place founder to speak at May PCCAHT meeting

Lauren Anzelone, founder of a LAMB’s Place

Lauren Anzelone, LCSW, founder of LAMB’s Place, will speak about the relationship of human trafficking to the foster care system during the May meeting of the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking (May 20 at 9:30 a.m. virtually or at the Farmville Public Library).

Lauren received her Master’s in Social Work in 2009 from East Carolina University and became a fully licensed clinical social worker in June of 2019.

She has worked in the mental health field since 2002 and with young people in the foster care system and/or aging out of the foster care system since 2009.

Lauren saw the continuous need for stable, affordable housing for young people that age out of foster care or have had adverse childhoods and barriers to overcome as they transition to adulthood.

She heard countless stories of the dreams young people have for their lives, all while seeing the many barriers they have to reaching those goals. Her heart was broken as she realized that many of the young people aging out of foster care will experience homelessness and do not have stable/consistent relationships to help them navigate life and the many bumps in the road. After walking out of the third home in poor conditions that the young people were living in, she said, “God, you need to do something.” He said, “Ok. You do it.” and LAMB’s Place was started.

Without stable housing the young people are more likely to have difficulty with obtaining/maintaining employment and education. The instability also increases the risk that the young people getting involved with the legal system or more at risk of getting involved in human trafficking. The goal of LAMB’s Place is to assist the young people with gaining the independent/transitional life skills they need to be successful and to reach their life goals. Counselors meet with them weekly and help them get connected with community resources to help them meet their needs. Since opening their first home in the summer of 2020, they have opened three homes and supported 8 Residents.

To attend this meeting you can go to the Farmville Public Library, 4276 W Church St, Farmville, NC 27828, or attend the meeting on zoom.

PCCAHT Welcomes Sexual Assault Advocate and Personnel Director of REAL Crisis Center

LaDwina “LaLa” Barlow

With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking is welcoming LaDwina “LaLa” Barlow, sexual assault advocate and personnel director of REAL Crisis Intervention, to discuss the intersection of sexual assault and human trafficking.

The Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking will meet virtually on April 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Barlow has a bachelor’s in social work and has worked in crisis intervention and mental heath field since graduating from East Carolina in 2015.

She has been a crisis counselor for a little over five years and a victim advocate for nearly four years with REAL Crisis.

Pam Strickland, facilitator of PCCAHT, said, “We are excited to have LaLa speak with us on this broad intersection of sexual assault and human trafficking. Through her experience, she has a nuanced understanding of both issues and is a true advocate in her ability to address this with both compassion and strategy.”

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N.C. Human Trafficking Commission specialist to discuss standards of care for human trafficking service providers

Nancy Hagan

The Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking will be highlighting best practices and standards of care for professionals who serve human trafficking survivors.

On Thursday, March 18, at 9:30 a.m., PCCAHT will convene virtually with guest speaker Nancy Hagan, PhD, North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission Coordinator of Training and Technical Assistance. Hagan works with the executive director to plan and conduct training around human trafficking to a wide array of partners and communities locally, statewide and nationally. Hagan came to the commission after three years as a senior human trafficking analyst with Project No Rest, a grant funded anti-human trafficking initiative based at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

Prior to that, she worked for 20 years in direct service and program development at a community-based organization in rural North Carolina. She has expertise in the identification, awareness, and response to both sex and labor trafficking, with a particular focus on the labor trafficking of vulnerable people who are foreign nationals.

“We are happy to have Nancy Hagan speak to the members of the coalition about the standards of care that has been developed by the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission,” said founder of NC Stop Human Trafficking and coalition facilitator Pam Strickland.

“Locally, our service providers need to know the best practices in providing survivors with the best possible care so survivors are empowered to live independent and successful lives. We want to prevent well-meaning service providers from causing undue harm to survivors because they did not know differently. We hope this session provides the knowledge necessary to our service providers so that victim response is the best it can possibly be in Pitt County.”

To attend this meeting, go to pccaht.org/2021meetingminutes

Advocate at the Center for Family Violence Prevention to discuss teen dating violence among local youth, prevention and red flags

Kyla Reece, victim advocate

GREENVILLE, N.C.: The Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking will be highlighting the importance of teen dating violence prevention in an effort to end commercial sexual exploitation of children.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 9:30 a.m., PCCAHT will convene virtually with guest speaker Kyla Reece, victim advocate for the Center for Family Violence Prevention, who will discuss the overarching issue of teen dating violence in Pitt County.

Read Kyla Reeces’s full bio here.

“February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month, and it is through intimate partner violence that traffickers groom victims into commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking,” NC Human Trafficking founder and PCCAHT facilitator Pam Strickland said.

“Traffickers also target young people. When we are able to look at the leading mechanisms of grooming and recruitment, and cut down the efficacy of those techniques that traffickers employ to victimize youth, we are preventing human trafficking. PCCAHT is happy to have Ms. Reece join our discussion around disrupting the pipeline of victims to traffickers through intimate partner violence prevention in Pitt County.”

To attend this meeting, go to pccaht.org/2021meetingminutes


PCCAHT was created to increase collaboration among agencies and organizations addressing human trafficking in Pitt County. Through collaboration, the coalition builds awareness of sex trafficking and labor trafficking in the county. PCCAHT works to increase identification of sex and labor trafficking victims locally as well as improve short term and long-term outcomes for identified victims. PCCAHT also works to prevent human trafficking. For more information about PCCAHT, visit www.facebook.com/PCCAHT or www.pccaht.org.

PCBRACE2020 – We’re Talking About #19Days of Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth

19 Days of Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth begins on Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 19. During the 19 Days of Prevention, each day addresses an aspect of child abuse. Though this is an international campaign, most of the issues that are addressed each day have a very tangible and real effect in the U.S. and in North Carolina.

The Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking each year to raise awareness, empower caregivers and work toward a state that has a developed sense of compassion for all children.

We are working to raise everyone’s consciousness that these issues are real in NC. October’s PCBRACE202 Podcast focuses on the #19Days campaign.

PCBRACE2020 Returns with Special Guest Portia Willis of the Center for Family Violence Prevention

It has been six months since we have been able to record our podcast, PCBRACE2020 due to COVID-19.

We are so happy to be back!

NC Stop Human Trafficking and TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center combined forces to bring you this podcast. It is designed to connect community members to resources to prevent human trafficking, child abuse and exploitation and encourage community resilience.

Our newest episode features Portia Willis of the Center for Family Violence Prevention.

We are talking about prevention efforts, consent and going virtual during the pandemic.

We also discussed a possible partnership to combine forces and work to educate and encourage consent culture in Eastern North Carolina. Listen to PCBRACE2020 here.

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Learn more about the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking.