Places that Help: Federal
Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Serves Americans experiencing domestic violence in foreign countries, including: long term case management, danger to safety relocation, legal consultations for parents seeking divorce and custody, payment of initial legal retainers, housing assistance, funds to help with emergency needs, and information and referral. International toll-free crisis line available 24 hours a day (excluding holidays) by first dialing your country’s AT&T USADirect Access Number (available at http://www.business.att.com/bt/access.jsp ), and at the prompt, entering 866-USWOMEN (866-879-6636). Advocates are also available by email or by live chat feature on website.
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS)
Provides legal expertise and resources to attorneys representing women asylum-seekers fleeing gender related harm.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
CAST will provide shelter and legal services to persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices.
Hot Peach Pages
Hot Peach Pages is an on-line directory of world-wide abuse hotlines, crisis centers, refuges, shelters, and women's organizations. Information on abuse is available in more than sixty-five languages.
40 Exchange Place, 17th Floor
NY, NY 10005
Immigration Equality is a national organization that advocates for equality under the immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and HIV-positive individuals. We serve as an information clearinghouse, giving LGBT foreign nationals and their loved ones up-to-date information about immigration law via trainings, informational materials, and by answering email and telephone inquiries. We run a pro bono asylum project to assist LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers to find free or low-cost legal representation. Immigration Equality also maintains a list of LGBT/HIV-friendly private immigration attorneys to provide legal representation for those who contact us. We also provide technical assistance to attorneys who are working on sexual orientation, transgender identity, or HIV status-based asylum applications, or other immigration applications where the client’s LGBT or HIV-positive identity is at issue in the case.
International Child Abuse Network (Yes ICan)
Working world-wide to end child abuse, the International Child Abuse Network website provides resources and information on child abuse and domestic violence. They offer facilitated chats (in Spanish and English) for victims and survivors of abuse of all ages and are an excellent source of online support.
International Sexual Assault Centers
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) has a list of sexual assault and domestic violence centers in 19 countries. Click on the link above to see if one is listed for the country you are in.
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.
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).
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.
STOPVAW is a site developed by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights as a tool for the promotion of women's human rights in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC)
San Diego (with partners in Mexico and Latin America), CA
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 World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems
This factbook, developed under BJS grants, provides narrative descriptions of the criminal justice systems of 45 countries around the world. Its original descriptions were completed in 1993. Its new country reports were updated in 2002.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, Anti-Trafficking in Persons
901 D Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
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.
Violence Against Women Office, US Department of Justice
Information about relevant laws, including the Victim's of Trafficking Act
Women Against Violence Europe
+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.
Skype Name: wave-office
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 to 14:00 (CET)
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