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UPDATED March 11, 2010

Trafficking/Prostitution/Sexual Exploitation

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Breaking Free
PO Box 4366
St. Paul MN, 55104
Phone: 651-645-6557
Web: http://www.breakingfree.net/
Email: breakingfree@breakingfree.net
Fights commercial sexual exploitation by providing direct services for all prostituted women and girls and by educating the community to recognize prostitution as systematic violence against women. Services: case management, support groups, housing, mentorship, community court, school for johns.

Catholic Charities DIGNITY Program
Phoenix AZ,
Phone: 602.997.6105 ext. 0
Web: http://catholiccharitiesaz.org/servicesforthoseinneed/homelessness/outreach/about/ServicesForThoseInNeed/SexTrafficking.aspx
Email: dignityprograms@diocesephoenix.org
Provides resources for women and children in prostitution, located in Pheoniz, AZ. Services: Street outreach program based in the county jail that focuses on breaking the cycle of incarceration due to prostitution. Highly structured, long term residential program focused on building self-esteem and self-sufficiency provides the physical and psychological distance necessary for women to interrupt the cycle of dependence, substance abuse and incarceration due to prostitution. DIGNITY House offers sex trafficked women an intensive year-long recovery program that includes emotional support, counseling, addiction recovery, education, life-skills building and job placement assistance to help them live an independent life free of prostitution.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Children's Bureau/ACYF
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Eighth Floor
Washington DC, 20024
Phone: (800) 394-3366
Fax: (703) 225-2357
Web: http://www.childwelfare.gov
Email: info@childwelfare.gov
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as the general public to timely, essential information.

Children of the Night
14530 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys CA, 91411
Hotline: 800-551-1300
Phone: 818-908-4474
Fax: 818-908-1468
Web: http://www.childrenofthenight.org
Email: llee@childrenofthenight.org
24-hour hotline, 24-hour shelter in Van Nuys, Calirfornia. Assists youth across the country, coordinating rescue and placement in local shelters or transportation to the 24-hour shelter in Van Nuys, California. Se habla Espanol.

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
PO Box 7427
JAF Station
Los Angeles NY, 10116
Web: http://www.catwinternational.org/
Email: info@catwinternational.org
CATW and our partners engage in advocacy, education and prevention programs for victims of trafficking and prostitution in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America, including the Untied States. CATW has many project, listed here: http://www.catwinternational.org/ProjectsCampaigns/Projects This is one of them: CATW and our partners provide multi-level services, financial aid, psychological support, housing, and legal advocacy for victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

Covenant House
460 West 41st Street
New York NY, 10036
Hotline: 800-999-9999 and online: http://www.nineline.org/
Phone: 212-613-0300
Fax: 212-947-2478
Web: http://www.covenanthouse.org
Provides crisis counseling for teens and their caregivers, a toll-free number to assist children any time of the day, emergency shelter for runaway teens and services to help children and teens on the streets who are victims of prostitution. Locations across the US.

GEMS - Girls' Educational & Mentoring Services
298B West 149th Street
New York NY, 10039
Phone: 212-926-8089
Web: http://www.gems-girls.org
Preventive and transitional services to young women aged 13-21 years who are at risk for or involved in sexual exploitation and violence. Services: Peer counseling, crisis counseling, groups, housing referrals, vocational assistance, health-care referrals, youth leadership, trainings and consultation. Outreach to group homes, correctional facilities, and youth programs. To send an email, go to the site here: http://www.gems-girls.org/contact

Mary Magdalene Project
MMP Drop-in Center 7136 Haskell Ave.,
Suite 125
Van Nuys CA, 91406
Phone: 818-988-4970
Web: http://www.mmp.org/
Email: info@mmp.org
The Mary Magdalene Project is a nonprofit organization that helps women who are victimized by Domestic Trafficking and Street Prostitution permanently exit the lifestyle. Services: Food, clothing, shelter, medical care, individual and group counseling, job training for 18 months to 2 years.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center, a program of the Polaris Project
Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Phone: text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)
Web: http://nhtrc.polarisproject.org/
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Through the hotline, you can report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area, or request training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources.

Nineline (Covenant House)
Hotline: 1-800-999-9999
Phone: 1-800-999-9915 (TTY)
Web: http://www.nineline.org/
Nineline runs a 24-hour confidential hotline and the website contains a message board, an email hotline, a directory to local resources and information.

Pandora's Project
Web: http://www.pandorasproject.org/
Provide information, support, and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family. Pandora's Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through our online support group, Pandora's Aquarium. Pandora's Project offers message boards where sexual violence survivors participate in healing discussions and a chat room, where victims of sex crimes can discuss healing-related issues in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Polaris Project
P.O. Box 53315
Washington DC, 20009
Phone: 202-745-1001
Fax: 202-745-1119
Web: http://www.polarisproject.org
Email: info@polarisproject.org
A multicultural grassroots organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Based in the United States and Japan, they combine street-level experience and technical expertise, working everyday from morning to past midnight to provide victim services, conduct advocacy, and build the anti-trafficking movement. Polaris Project's national trafficking hotline can now be accessed by texting INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733), instantly connecting victims to services from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Prostitution Alternatives Roundtable (PART), a project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
70 East Lake Street
Suite 720
Chicago IL, 60601
Phone: (312) 641-4140
Phone: (1-800) 940-1119
Fax: (312) 641-4144
Web: http://www.chicagohomeless.org/programs-campaigns/advocacy-public-policy/part/
PART’s work enables more women to quit prostituting to survive. It proposes laws that no longer favor the typically male customer and trafficker over the woman or youth being prostituted. It proposes rehabilitative programs that divert women from jail or prison so that they can restore their lives and keep families intact. - See more at: http://www.chicagohomeless.org/programs-campaigns/advocacy-public-policy/part/#sthash.sXJewnNN.dpuf

Prostitution Research and Education (PRE)
P.O. Box 16254
San Francisco CA, 94116-0254
Phone: 415-922-4555
Web: http://www.prostitutionresearch.com
Email: info@prostitutionresearch.com
Develops research and educational programs to document the experiences of people in prostitution. The purpose of PRE is to organize against the institution of prostitution and advocate for alternatives to prostitution - including emotional and physical healthcare for women in prostitution. The project's goal is to empower this constituency by documenting their perspectives through research, public education, and arts projects. PRE develops innovative approaches to educating the public about the issue of prostitution - including how prostitution is an issue of women's rights, how prostitution is about racism, and the ways in which prostitution is also about poverty and basic human rights.

Rahab's Hideway
118 Graceland Blvd
Columbus, OH, 43214
Phone: 614-593-5033
Web: http://www.rahabshideaway.org/
FOR OHIO RESIDENTS ONLY: Helps women escaping prostitution and sexual exploitation. Their referral agencies provide a variety of services to program participants including maternal and pediatric health care, mental health services, child and youth development programs, education, and job training. Rahab’s HideAway also collaborates with a part-time housing advocate whose primary responsibility is to assist residents in their permanent housing search. Individual meetings are provided to ensure that residents are working constructively towards their goals.

SafeHouse (in San Francisco)
P.O. Box 40369
San Francisco CA, 94140-0369
Phone: 415-643-7861
Fax: 415-643-1293
Web: http://www.sfsafehouse.org
Email: director@sfsafehouse.org
SafeHouse is a clean and sober living community that empowers homeless prostituted women to gain the skills and resources they need to grow and become independent and self-sufficient members of society. Services: Transitional housing for 12 to 24 months; Comprehensive treatment services including six months of outpatient day treatment, weekly case management and intensive individual psychotherapy, group therapy and peer counseling, educational and vocational training and rehabilitation, money management and other life skills training. Program provides assistance with food, clothing, medical, dental and vision care. After-care services for graduates.

Sex Workers Anonymous (formerly Prostitutes Anonymous)
3395 S. Jones Blvd.
#217
Las Vegas NV, 89146
Phone: (702) 498-6211
Phone: (888) 253-9619 Toll Free
Web: http://www.sexworkersanonymous.net
Email: sexworkrecovery@yahoo.com
Sex Workers Anonymous is a group, program, society, fellowship, or collection of men and women (as well as transgenders) for whom the sex industry has/had become a problem. We meet regularly to give each other our "experience, strength and hope" so that through the process of sharing, empathy and networking we are able to find healing, hope, and happiness.

Shared Hope International
P.O. Box 65337
Vancouver WA, 98665
Hotline: 1-866-HER-LIFE
Web: http://www.sharedhope.org
Email: savelives@sharedhope.org
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. Shared Hope International provides business mentorship, financial support and technical assistance to local organizations around the world to support the development of programs that offer holistic, long-term care to vulnerable and exploited women and children.

Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE)
68 12th Street,
2nd Floor
San Francisco CA,
Hotline: 94103
Phone: 415-905-5050
Web: http://www.sagesf.org/
Email: info@sagesf.org
Committed to improving the lives of women who are survivors of sexual exploitation, violence, and prostitution. Services: Peer support, referrals, day treatment program, clothing assistance, massage, acupuncture, community, education.

The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC)
San Diego (with partners in Mexico and Latin America) CA,
Hotline: 619-666-2757
Phone: 619-336-0770
Phone: 1.888.373.7888
Fax: 619-336-0791
Web: http://www.bsccoalition.org/
Prevent and intervene in the commercial and sexual exploitation of women and children while advocating for all exploited persons. The BSCC is an alliance of over 60 government and nonprofit agencies in the United States and Latin America that is convened in and along the U.S.-Mexico Border Region to combat slavery and human trafficking. Services: Advocacy for prostituted and trafficked girls and women. Assistance in providing a comprehensive, multifaceted network providing wrap-around services to women, men, and children who have been victimized by traffickers and held as slaves. Workshops provided for agencies offering services to victims of trafficking.

The Help Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) Program
PO Box 21394
Washington DC, 20009-0894
Hotline: 800-676-HIPS
Phone: 202-232-8150
Phone: 202-232-8304
Web: http://www.hips.org
Assists all people engaging in prostitution in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives. Utilizing a harm reduction model, HIPS' programs strive to address the impact that HIV/ AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination, poverty, violence, and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in prostitution.

The National Center for Victims of Crime
Suite 480
2000 M Street, NW
Washington DC, 20036-3398
Hotline: 800-FYI-CALL
Phone: 202-467-8700
Fax: 202-467-8757
Web: http://www.ncvc.org
The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization advocating for all victims of crime - adults and children. They educate child victims about their rights and the recent provisions that have been established to protect them. The National Victim Center has a toll-free number that acts as a referral service for children who have been exploited.

The National Runaway Switchboard
3080 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL, 60657-4208
Hotline: 1-800-RUNAWAY
Phone: 773-880-9860
Phone: 773-929-5150
Web: http://www.1800runaway.org/
Confidential crisis intervention and referral information for youth and their families via a national switchboard available 24 hours a day. Services include agency referrals, message delivery, dedicated agency and informational line, youth advocacy, community education, runaway education program for schools.

The Paul & Lisa Program, Inc.
PO Box 348
Westbrook CT, 06498-0348
Hotline: 800-518-2238
Phone: 860-767-7660
Phone: 860-767-3122
Web: http://www.paulandlisa.org
Email: contact@paulandlisa.org
Aimed at solving the problems of exploited street youth. Components include exploitation prevention education, information, and a safety strategies' publication that is available to the public; training for professionals and others concerned with the safety and welfare of children and young adults; street-based outreach; and community-court-related rehabilitation.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, Anti-Trafficking in Persons
Aerospace Building
901 D Street, SW
Washington DC, 20447
Phone: (202) 401-5510
Fax: (202) 401-5487
Web: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/anti-trafficking
Email: Trafficking@acf.hhs.gov
Through the Office of Refugee Resettlement's website, you can learn about federal programs, resources, and benefits available to refugees and victims of human trafficking. The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. The program also raises awareness of human trafficking through the HHS Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign.

U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section / Criminal Division
1400 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20530
Phone: 202-514-5780
Phone: 202-514-2000
Web: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/ceos

VERONICA'S Voice (Victims Exploited Recovering On Needed Individual Counseling And Services)
PO Box 172472
Kansas City MO, 66117
Phone: (816) 483-7101
Phone: (816) 728-0004 (24 hrs)
Web: http://www.veronicasvoice.org/
Email: safecenter@veronicasvoice.org
Survivors of the sex industry designed and operate the program. Services include: 24 hour crisis line; drop-in center; street out reach; peer counseling; support groups; referrals; court advocacy; diversion programs; john school and community education.

Young Women's Empowerment Project
2334 W. Lawrence, Suite 209
Chicago IL,
Phone: 773-728-0127
Web: http://ywepchicago.wordpress.com/
Email: claudine@youarepriceless.org
The Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP) is a member based social justice organizing project that is led by and for young people of color who have current or former experience in the sex trade and street economies. Everybody who is on staff and has decision making power at YWEP was once a member here and is between the ages of 12-24 years old. Our mission as the Young Women’s Empowerment Project is to offer safe, respectful, free-of-judgment spaces for girls and young women in the sex trade and street economies to recognize their goals, dreams and desiresServices: Train, support and pay girls and young women with current or past experience in the sex trade to be harm reduction peer outreach workers to girls in the sex trade. Facilitate education workshops with youth about girls in the sex trade and train and support girls to be leaders.

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