Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition Grant Update

The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition is thrilled to be awarded the Look Beneath the Surface grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Ohio Office of Public Safety/Office of Criminal Justice Services.

This three-year grant will continue the momentum started through the Rescue & Restore grant by continuing to work to identify foreign born victims of human trafficking with a new focus on identifying domestic human trafficking victims. This work covers 21 counties throughout Northwest Ohio and includes the Regional Grant Coordinator, Amy LaGesse, and Local Outreach Partners across the region.

These individuals provide trainings to professionals that might come into contact with human trafficking victims, provide technical assistance to agencies implementing human trafficking protocols, works with Coalitions across Northwest Ohio to ensure consistency and participates in public awareness events.

This grant cycle also focuses on engaging specific populations including victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, opiate and substance abuse populations, runaway and homeless youth, migrant farm workers and unaccompanied immigrant youth, and persons with disabilities.

If you have any questions, need assistance or need human trafficking educational materials to distribute to clients, please contact Amy LaGesse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please note that the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition meets the third Wednesday of every month from 9:15am-11am at the Kent Branch Library. All are invited to attend at any time.

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio (LSSNWO) is a Christian agency founded in 1911 by the Fremont Conference of the American Lutheran Church. LSSNWO is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and recognized by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). More than 200 Lutheran congregations in Northwestern Ohio are corporate members of LSSNWO. Lutheran Social Services also is a member of one of the nation’s largest service organization – Lutheran Services of America.