Human Trafficking Resources

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If you know of or suspect a case of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or your local police department.
This page is dedicated for human trafficking resources and will be revised as more resources are discovered.

 Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Groups

Richmond Justice Initiative: “RJI is a non-profit, faith based organization whose mission is to educate, equip and mobilize communities with the tools needed to be a force in the global movement to end human trafficking.” (see profile)

The Gray Haven Project: “The Gray Haven’s mission is to provide hope and restoration to victims of human trafficking in Virginia. The Gray Haven opened Virginia’s first drop-in center to serve as a safe place for human trafficking victims.”

Polaris Project: “Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.  Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally. By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery.”

 International Justice Mission: “International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems — police, courts and laws — effectively protect the poor.”

 Shared Hope International: “Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a committed community restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value and choice – one life at a time.”

 World Fair Trade Organization: “Membership of the WFTO is limited to organizations that demonstrate a 100% Fair Trade commitment and apply its 10 Principles of Fair Trade.  WFTO Members are not just the pioneers of the movement but the innovators of the market.”

Ten Thousand Villages: Ten Thousand Villages is a source for handmade products from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The company is one of the largest fair trade organizations in the world and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Resources

The DCJS website offers informational resources about human trafficking, including government and non-government resource pages specifically for law enforcement, Commonwealth’s Attorneys and victims services.

Victims Services Government Resources (Source: VA DCJS)

EXISTE AYUDA TOOLKIT (Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime)

“The goal of the Existe Ayuda project is to produce and disseminate replicable Spanish-language outreach materials to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual violence. These materials—glossaries, PowerPoint presentations, and other tools—will help facilitate the work of bilingual/bicultural staff, especially those who are just beginning Spanish-language programs.”

IMMIGRATION OPTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES (Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

“This brochure provides information for law enforcement, heath care providers, and others on immigration options for victims of crimes, including trafficking victims.”

INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Victims Assistance Program)

“A brochure that provides information to help individuals understand their rights under federal law as a victim of human trafficking in the United States, and what assistance is available to victims.”

MESSAGES FOR COMMUNICATING WITH VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

“Fact sheet containing strategic word choice and usage geared to establish trust between law enforcement officers and trafficking victims.”

THE MINDSET OF A HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

“Fact sheet highlighting challenges a law enforcement officer may encounter when interacting with potential human trafficking victims.”

Non-Government Resources (Source: VA DCJS)

A GUIDE FOR LEGAL ADVOCATES PROVIDING SERVICES TO VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Source: US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles)

“A very extensive guide on legal issues and services concerning human trafficking.”

DOMESTIC SEX TRAFFICKING: THE CRIMINAL OPERATIONS OF THE AMERICAN PIMP (Source: Polaris Project)

“A condensed guide to human trafficking for service providers and law enforcement.” Includes:

  • A Brief Overview: The Elements of the Crime of Human Trafficking Are Present
  • Common Myths and Misperceptions About Human Trafficking in the U.S.
  • Key provisions of the TVPA
  • Potential Trafficking Indicators
  • The A-M-P Model

DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE ADVOCATE HANDBOOK ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Source: Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

“This handbook is designed for domestic violence and sexual violence advocates. Though primarily for Florida providers, it contains basic information on human trafficking and how to identify and assist a person who is trafficked.”

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (A GUIDE FOR NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS) (source: U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau)

“This guide provides general information regarding human trafficking, federal benefits and services, immigration related information, and resources.”

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING TOOLKIT FOR ANIT-TRAFFICKING SERVICE PROVIDERS (Source: Project Hope International and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)

“This document provides a guide for organizations looking to develop a transitional housing option for trafficking survivors.”

Organizations that Help Victims of Human Trafficking (Source: VA DCJS)

 Boat People SOS: Boat People SOS is a national Vietnamese American community organization that supports Vietnamese individuals, families and communities.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities: CCC provides services for individuals and families in need throughout central and southwestern Virginia.

 Virginia Poverty Law Center: The Virginia Poverty Law Center addresses civil justice issues that affect low-income Virginians. The center provides advocacy, training and litigation support.

 

Kate Miller

About Kate Miller

Kate Miller is a multimedia journalist and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a broadcast journalism concentration. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts before attending VCU. This semester, she is reporting on the General Assembly for the VCU Capital News Service.