Human Trafficking

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Let's End Human Trafficking Where We Live

Across all 50 states, victims of human trafficking silently cry for help. You can help us fight this injustice and bring hope to thousands in our very own communities.

Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation through forced labor or commercial sex acts.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888



human trafficking underground industry.



rise in reported cases of human trafficking in America, from 2015 to 2016




of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect.



of polled human trafficking survivors estimated that they were 17 years old or younger when they were first (sexually) exploited.




are trafficked globally per year; the majority of victims are women and children.

  • EDUCATION - Preventing new victims through education and increased awareness of human trafficking.
  • JUSTICE - Creating and enforcing laws that prosecute, incarcerate and/or deter criminals and protect victims.
  • RESCUE - Identify and empower any person that has been forced, manipulated, coerced or exploited to participate in any type of labor or commercial sex acts.
  • SUPPORT - Holistic rehabilitation, restoration, and healing from the trauma experience by human trafficking victims.

"If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong."
-Abraham Lincoln

4 Support
Program Needs

To Assist Trafficking Survivors

  • Overview
  • Drop-In Center/Clinic
  • Safe House
  • Residential Program
  • Transition Program


Programs that assist human trafficking survivors must be victim-centered and grounded in trauma-informed care. This focus must be at the core of the organizational structure and treatment framework to ensure a holistic approach of care. Treating the medical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of each person will increase a survivor’s ability to recognize how to respond to the various effects of trauma.


(1-12 Hours)

A drop-in center/clinic is a program or service where people who are being exploited can come to receive resources, emotional support, and assistance. These programs and facilities are located near locations where exploited children and adults can have easy access. These centers can be offered in permanent locations or in a mobile location. These centers would provide each victim:

  • Personal safety
  • Immediate medical and mental health needs
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • A support person
  • Other services as needed

Many human trafficking victims will leave or be rescued and then return to their trafficker multiple times. This center would act as a resource until the survivor is able to leave their exploiter. With each interaction, the victim moves closer to accept the center’s offer of assistance to freedom. Every clinic should have a healthy and thriving human trafficking survivor on site to counsel, guide, and mentor each victim; survivors have a much greater ability to connect and relate with the victim.


(1-21 Days)

A safe (or emergency) house is a secured location where no one is allowed access without permission. It is a safe place where law enforcement, case workers or approved prescreened organizations can bring a human trafficking survivor 24/7. Attention will be placed on the survivors’ immediate needs (i.e. safety, medical care, food, sleep) in addition to addressing impacting issues such as trauma bonding, addictions, and fear. The ultimate goal of a safe house is to prepare each survivor to be successful in a long-term residential program. Human trafficking victims will often run from a shelter within 24-48 hours, this is a common occurrence. Organizations should prepare for this type of behavior and have a plan to accommodate a victim’s return. Also, having healthy, thriving human trafficking survivors on-site to counsel, guide, and mentor each survivor increases the potential for success and adds tremendous value to the program.


(1-2 years or more)

A long-term residential program or facility helps survivors develop a vision for a new healthy, happy and independent life. Participants are given opportunities to discover their purpose and establish identity while being equipped and empowered to develop important life skills to succeed in their future. This program must be based on trust, accountability, and safety. Each survivor must have holistic care that involves their physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual health. While here, survivors can develop skills in areas like communication, financial management, nutrition and physical fitness. Survivors can also be provided assistance to obtain important personal documents. Every Residential Program should have a healthy and thriving human trafficking survivor on staff to help counsel, guide, and mentor each resident in their journey towards health and independence.


Once survivors have experienced a healthy level of healing from their trauma, transitional programs will assist the individual re-integrate into society and become self-sufficient. A crucial step in helping a survivor move towards independence is finding affordable housing and strong employment. As these basic needs are met, survivors can continue to develop the skill sets learned at their residential program, including:

  • Computer skills
  • Using public transportation
  • Pursuing cash aid programs
  • Applying and paying for college
  • Organizational skills
  • Job interview skills
  • Resume building
  • Banking

Follow up care is vital. Continued involvement in support groups and/or ongoing counseling should be offered. The ultimate goal of this program is to help create a tremendous sense of confidence and assurance in their pursuit and successful arrival at becoming fully independent.


Much of the ideas and information in these questions and answers were borrowed from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Polaris Project.

Statistics References

  1. CNBC View Article
  2. Polaris Human Trafficking Hotline Cases Jump by 35% in 2016 View Article
  3. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement View Article
  4. Polaris Human Trafficking Hotline View Article
  5. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement View Article

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