Places that Help: Federal
For those in Minnesota: 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."
Children of the Night
The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is ready and able to rescue these children 24 hours a day. We provide free taxi/airline transportation nationwide for America’s child prostitutes who wish to escape prostitution and live in our home. We have a 24-hour hotline and 24-hour shelter in Van Nuys, California.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
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.
800-999-9999 and online: http://www.nineline.org/
Nationwide: Helps young people between the ages of 17-21 and living on the streets or in a home that is not safe. 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 - see here: https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-youth-programs/NINELINE
Free Our Girls
Free Our Girls is a non-profit organization based in northern Colorado. We provide both locally and nationwide support and resources for currently and previously trafficked women. We also have an online forum for parents and support persons of victims/survivors. We also provide awareness and prevention trainings and events in northern Colorado. A majority of our programs are accessible online (through private discussion forums, email newsletters, phone consultations) so they are accessible on a national scale. Our direct services program, the FLIGHT Program, focuses on understanding the mental/emotional/psychological and financial abuse patterns, developing exit plans, financial literacy and economic empowerment, post-escape mentoring and resource referrals. With the funding generated through our training programs, in addition to donations made by our supporters, we are able to provide much-needed rehabilitation, counseling, and housing to sex trafficking victims.
GEMS - Girls' Educational & Mentoring Services
Specific to New York state: Preventive and transitional services to young women aged 12-24 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. For a listing of other organizations in each state, see here: http://www.gems-girls.org/about/what-we-do/service-providers-by-state
Drop-in Center: 7136 Haskell Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
California-specific: The Journey Out Drop-In Center Program offers assistance to individuals seeking a way out of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. We provide them with survivor-led support groups, case management and referrals, survivor mentorship, peer-to-peer support and counseling, individual therapy and crisis counseling, GED tutoring and preparation, HIV testing and education, medical and vocational referrals, and meeting basic needs by providing food, clothing, hygiene products and condoms.
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.
Off the Streets
Specific to Hamilton County, Ohio: Off the Streets (OTS) assists women involved in prostitution move towards safety, recovery, empowerment, and community reintegration. OTS provides a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment for women who are involved in prostitution and helps them explore positive life changes. Focus areas include emergency needs, housing, medical care, mental health, substance abuse, education, and employment. Women participate in daily education and support groups that assist them in their recovery and empowerment process and address topics such as life skills, health and well-being, relationships, and self-esteem. Referrals are also made to community resources as needed.
Provides 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.
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
Chicago, IL 60601
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...
Prostitution Research and Education (PRE)
San Francisco, CA 94116-0254
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.
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)
San Francisco, CA 94140-0369
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.
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. 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)
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
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
Washington, DC 20009-0894
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 Runaway Switchboard
3080 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657-4208
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.
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
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.
U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section / Criminal Division
VERONICA'S Voice (Victims Exploited Recovering On Needed Individual Counseling And Services)
(816) 728-0004 (24 hrs)
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.
Violence Against Women Office, US Department of Justice
Information about relevant laws, including the Victim's of Trafficking Act
Young Women's Empowerment Project
2334 W. Lawrence, Suite 209
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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