The Lowcountry Human Trafficking Task Force has new leadership after the election of two new co-chairs during its April 21 quarterly meeting.

JoJo Woodward and Michelle Fraser will lead the task force, one of nine regional task forces under the state’s task force purview. The South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force is headed up by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.

Woodward has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He is a member of the Solicitor’s Office Career Criminal Unit, a team of veteran prosecutors and investigators who target habitual and dangerous defendants.

Fraser oversees the day-to-day operation of the 14th Circuit Victims Services Center (VSC) and its community partners. She has been a Solicitor’s Office victim advocate for more than 15 years and is a Marine Corps veteran.

The Lowcountry Human Trafficking Task Force encompasses Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton, Hampton and Allendale counties and includes active members from the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, nonprofits, victim service providers, social services, clergy, local, state and federal law enforcement, healthcare professionals, civic organizations and others.

Woodward and Fraser take over from Sheila Roemeling, founder of Fresh Start Healing Heart, and Capt. Shane Roberts of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

The next meeting of the task force is July 21. For more information, email

To report suspected human trafficking call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 (BeFree).