The Problem

  • Almost a third of human trafficking cases reported in the United States in 2018 were minors 1
  • In the US human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states.2
  • Of the 13 high-intensity areas identified by the FBI for child sex trafficking, three are located in California: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego metropolitan areas.3

Our Work in the USA

ZOE Los Angeles is ZOE International’s central office, fundraising & funneling finances to each of ZOE’s five branches.

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ZOE Walks

Raising awareness about and funds for human trafficking through ZOE’s annual Rescue Walk.

Human Trafficking Trainings and Presentations

Providing trainings and presentations about human trafficking to schools, churches, social workers, mental health workers, businesses, hotels, and community groups.

My Gen My Fight Program

Mobilizing our generation to raise awareness about and prevent human trafficking through clubs on high school and university campuses, events, and campaigns across the US.

Educational Resources

ZOE creates high-quality, educational brochures, videos, and other materials to educate the public about how to protect themselves and their communities from trafficking

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Crisis Response

ZOE is contracted with Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services to provide 24-7 crisis response when law enforcement recovers a child from sex trafficking in the North Los Angeles County area, responding within 90 minutes of a call from a social worker. 

Human Trafficking Operations

In addition, when law enforcement conducts human trafficking operations in Los Angeles County, ZOE is on site to provide victim advocacy services to any child who is recovered from these operations. Upon recovery from trafficking, ZOE helps the child to return safely to their home, foster care, or an emergency shelter.

Victim Advocacy Services

ZOE then provides ongoing victim advocacy services for children and their families upon rescue from trafficking or when a social worker suspects a child is being trafficked or at risk of being trafficked.

To report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. Or to contact ZOE’s 24-7 hotline for questions and concerns in Los Angeles County, call 888-ZOE-CHIL(D).

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ZOE Home for Youth

ZOE has purchased 50 acres of land in North Los Angeles County and are currently building a short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP) for female youth who are survivors of trafficking in Los Angeles. This home will provide holistic care to bring restoration and meet the physical, emotional, social, educational, vocational, and spiritual needs of the youth.

Support for Survivors of Child Trafficking

ZOE provides resources, referral services, and trauma informed activities to young survivors of trafficking who are in the care of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Probation.

Support for Parents of Child Trafficking Victims

ZOE provides a 10-week Parent Empowerment Program for parents of child trafficking victims to provide education, understanding, support, and resources for the families devastated by trafficking.

USA News

Cuties and the Exploitation of Children

October 20, 2020

Cuties and the Exploitation of Children On August 19, 2020, Netflix began promoting a French film called Cuties, which was set for worldwide release on September 9, 2020. The film (originally called M

  1. National Human Trafficking Hotline. (2018). Retrieved from:
  2. National Human Trafficking Hotline. (2018). Retrieved from: https://h Los Angeles is ZOE International’s central office, providing administrative and financial support for each of ZOE’s five
  3. Office of the Inspector General, Department of Justice. (2009). Retrieved from:


April 29, 2020

#STOP247 “It was so intriguing and such a life lesson, I could not turn away from my screen.” – Carol Hart, ZOE cofounder I don’t know about you, but watching the #STOP247 – Because Child Traffickers


October 7, 2019

In 2016, it was estimated that there were about 403,000 victims of human trafficking in the United States. (International Labour Organization) The United States is both a source and a transit country

Our USA Staff & Missionaries

Michael & Carol Hart

Chief Executive Officer & President

Dave Cox
Dave Cox

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Jason Plunkett

Western USA Regional Director

Brad Ortenzi
Brad Ortenzi

Eastern USA Regional Director

Ester Yu
Ester Yu

Assistant Western USA Regional Director

Lori Ortenzi
Lori Ortenzi

Part-time Eastern Regional Coordinator

Karen Miyamoto
Karen Miyamoto

Donor Relations Manager

Betsy Meenk
Betsy Meenk Alviani

Missions Manager

Vickie McCoy
Vickie McCoy

Residential Manager

Dr. Rhonda Petrini

Education Manager

Liz Mackie
Elizabeth Mackie

Financial Analyst

Hanne Fellers

Communications and Advocacy