ZOE LOS ANGELES

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.

 Prevention

  • 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

Rescue

  • Advocacy Services

    ZOE is contracted with Los Angeles County’s Department of Child and Family Services and Department of Probations to provide victim advocacy services when first responders recover a child from human trafficking in the North and East Los Angeles County regions or when these departments refer children identified as or are at risk of being trafficked to ZOE for advocacy and case management services.

Restoration

  • 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 have been trafficked 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.


USA News

Our USA Staff & Missionaries

Michael & Carol Hart

Founders
Chief Executive Officer & President

Dave Cox
Dave Cox

Staff
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Jason Plunkett

Staff
Western USA Regional Director

Brad Ortenzi

Staff
Eastern USA Regional Director

Ester Yu

Staff
Assistant Western USA Regional Director

Lori Ortenzi

Staff
Part-time Eastern Regional Coordinator

Karen Miyamoto
Karen Miyamoto

Staff
Donor Relations Manager

Betsy Meenk
Betsy Meenk Alviani

Staff
Missions Manager

Vickie McCoy
Vickie McCoy

Missionary
Residential Manager

Dr. Rhonda Petrini

Staff
Education Manager

Liz Mackie
Elizabeth Mackie

Staff
Financial Analyst

Hanne 

Staff
Communications and Advocacy


  1. National Human Trafficking Hotline. (2018). Retrieved from: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states
  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 branches.umantraffickinghotline.org/states
  3. Office of the Inspector General, Department of Justice. (2009). Retrieved from: https://oig.justice.gov/reports/FBI/a0908/final.pdf