Trafficking Education and Advocacy Support Programs:
National Trafficking Resource Center
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. The website includes various resources including fact sheets, a nationwide referral direction, and a resource library.
The Freedom Network is a national coalition of anti-trafficking organizations. The Freedom Network deals with criminal justice advocacy and civil litigation. It also advocates for policy at the local and federal level.
National Survivor Network
The National Survivor Network strives to bring together a community of survivors of human trafficking by creating a platform for survivor-led advocacy, peer-to-peer mentorship, and empowerment that embraces all survivors regardless of gender, age, nationality, or type of trafficking experience.
Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force (CCHTTF)
The CCHTTF is a multi-disciplinary task force that brings law enforcement and social and legal service agencies together to work on human trafficking cases. The task force is a joint project of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Salvation Army STOP-IT Program, and is jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office for Victims of Crime. Although membership on the task force is by invitation only, in order to preserve confidentiality of cases worked, subcommittee participation is open to the community. Task force subcommittees include: training, victim services, labor trafficking and LGBTQ.
STOP-ITs goal is to assist people in leaving/exiting/escaping their exploitive situation and/or helping them stay out. We do this by working alongside people to identify their needs and help them get those needs met. Needs including but not limited to: clothing, toiletries, identifying documentation, sustenance, shelter/housing, transportation, legal, medical, psychological, schooling, job connection, interpreter. Anything that a potential client identifies as a need or goal, we do our best to provide for it or connect them to a place that can provide for it.
CAASE (Chicago Alliance Against Sex Exploitation)
CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. CAASE’s work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.
Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP)
OTIP is responsible for the development of anti-trafficking strategies, policies, and programs to prevent human trafficking, build health and human service capacity to respond to human trafficking, increase victim identification and access to services, and strengthen health and well-being outcomes of survivors of human trafficking. OTIP advises the Assistant Secretary by providing subject matter expertise and overall leadership of anti-trafficking activities under the purview of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). OTIP collaborates with Federal partners and other government and non-government stakeholders to raise public awareness, identify research priorities for ACF’s anti-trafficking work, and make policy recommendations to enhance anti-trafficking responses.
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
The U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons web site has many helpful resources, training, brochures, research papers, and the annual Trafficking in Persons Report prepared on trafficking efforts in the U.S. and many other countries.
UNICEF- End Child Trafficking Unit
UNICEF is the United Nations program interested in children. The End Child Trafficking Unit recruits and trains volunteers, collects donations for anti-trafficking work, provides toolkits for assistance, and advocates for trafficked children’s needs.
ECPAT is a group of international organizations working work at the local level to protect children from sexual exploitation. On an international level, the EPCAT secretariat, or coordinating unit advocates on key issues.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
CAST is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization located in Los Angeles that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of trafficking survivors, the mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and the provision of direct services for victims.
The Polaris Project takes many approaches to combat human trafficking. They include a National Human Trafficking Hotline, state and federal legislative efforts, conducting trainings and other technical assistance, public outreach, and providing services to victims.
IOFA (International Organization for Adolescents)
IOFA is currently focused on empowering orphaned youth and building effective response systems for child trafficking victims.
Safe Horizon’s Anti-trafficking program offers direct services to trafficking survivors. They also engage in education, awareness raising, technical assistance, training and advocacy for systemic change.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
The National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program provides comprehensive case management and referral services on a per capita basis to foreign victims and potential victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons seeking HHS certification in any location within the United States. The web site provides useful information for advocates and a pro bono advocacy.
Resources and information on recognizing and combating human trafficking
Administration for Children and Families Office on Trafficking in Persons: Illinois Efforts to Combat Trafficking
United States Department of Justice: Press releases on human trafficking
Manuals & Resources on working with trafficking victims on legal issues:
Human Trafficking Database hosted by the University of Michigan Law School
Identification and Legal Advocacy for Trafficking Victims (New York City Anti-Trafficking Network Legal Subcommittee, 2005)
The IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking (IOM International Organization for Migration, 2007)
A Guide for Legal Advocates Providing Services to Victims of Human Trafficking (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Immigration Network, and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 2004)
Legal Best Practices Guide for the Protection of Child Victims of Human Trafficking (Florida Department of Children and Families, 2009).
Lawyers Manual on Human Trafficking: Justice for Victims (New York Supreme Court and New York Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts, 2011)