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Places that Help: Federal
Updated: November 14, 2019
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Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
By connecting survivors across the country, through CAST’s Advisory Caucus and National Survivor Network, the organization supports and encourages survivors to realize their own leadership qualities and to value their insight not just as survivors, but as experts in the human trafficking field. The depth of CAST’s work has not only changed the lives of those impacted by human trafficking, but it has positioned CAST as an organization leading the charge to help finally put an end to this epidemic.
CAST is one of the pioneers of the US anti-trafficking movement. The organization was founded by Dr. Kathryn McMahon, the Thai CDC and a group of community activists, in response to the discovery of 72 Thai workers that had been kept for seven years in slavery and debt bondage in Los Angeles County. Led by celebrated human rights activist Kay Buck, CAST’s immeasurable contribution to survivors of human trafficking has been recognized by President Obama, who honored CAST with the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons in 2014.
1 (212) 714-2904
Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. They represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Information is available in English, Spanish, French, and Russian.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center, a program of the Polaris Project
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. Polaris Project’s National Trafficking Hotline can now be accessed by texting INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733).
Pathways to Safety International
Pathways to Safety International serves people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, age and their pets who are victims/survivors of gender based violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and forced marriage abroad. Pathways to Safety International offers a continuum of culturally sensitive services. PSI provides long term case management from advocates with intercultural backgrounds and experience working with sexual violence survivors, who have been specifically trained and are knowledgeable on the additional obstacles that American survivors overseas face. PSI’s advocates will assist with international danger to safety relocation, specialized international safety planning, referrals to seasoned international family law attorneys experienced with the Hague and international child custody cases, international transition services, and assistance with housing and other basic needs when a survivor has left their abuser, it may be back in the United States or in another area of the world. Special populations served are overseas military victims, victims with disabilities, LGBTQIA victims aboard, and immigrants and refugees (both American survivors immigrating abroad and foreign-born survivors immigrating to the U.S. with an American spouse or children who face additional barriers and obstacles).
The Polaris Project is 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 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.
The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC)
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.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, Anti-Trafficking in Persons
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.
Vital Voices Global Partnership
Vital Voices’ Voices Against Violence program provides urgent assistance funds to survivors of extreme forms of gender based violence and harmful traditional practices who do not have access to other support alternatives. Funds are intended to support immediate, short-term needs in the aftermath of extreme gender based violence including, but not limited to, medical expenses, psychological support or counseling, emergency shelter, or other safe accommodation, relocation expenses, livelihood and dependent support, and legal assistance. Individual survivors of gender based violence can request emergency assistance directly or through intermediaries such as civil society organizations, services providers, community or faith-based groups and/or family members.
Women Against Violence Europe
+43 (0) 1 548 272 0
+43 (0) 1 548 272 027
Women Against Violence Europe is a resource directory of European abuse hotlines and shelters working to prevent violence against women and children. The Wave information center provides information and referrals to other centers. See WAVE’s list of helplines and shelters here.
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