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Places that Help: Federal
Updated: November 14, 2019
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*CALIFORNIA ONLY* Journey Out
The Journey Out Drop-In Center Program offers assistance to individuals seeking a way out of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. They provide 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.
*CALIFORNIA ONLY* San Francisco SafeHouse
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, and after-care services for graduates.
*MINNESOTA ONLY* Breaking Free
Breaking Free fights commercial sexual exploitation in Minnesota 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.”
*NEW YORK ONLY* GEMS - Girls' Educational & Mentoring Services
GEMS provides 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.
*OHIO ONLY* Off the Streets
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.
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 children 24 hours a day. They provide free taxi/airline transportation nationwide for America’s child prostitutes who wish to escape prostitution and live in the Children of the Night home. They have a 24-hour hotline and 24-hour shelter in Van Nuys, California.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and their 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 United States. CATW has many projects, which you can find by clicking here. 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.
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.
800-999-9999 and online: http://www.nineline.org/
Covenant House helps young people living on the streets or in a home that is not safe. They provide 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.
Free Our Girls
Free Our Girls is a non-profit organization based in northern Colorado. They provide both local and nationwide support and resources for currently and previously trafficked women. They also have an online forum for parents and support persons of victims/survivors. They also provide awareness and prevention trainings and events in northern Colorado. A majority of their programs are accessible online (through private discussion forums, email newsletters, phone consultations) so they are accessible on a national scale. Their 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 training programs, in addition to donations made by supporters, they are able to provide much-needed rehabilitation, counseling, and housing to sex trafficking victims.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Help Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) Program
HIPS helps people engaged in sex work, sex trade, and drug use to live healthy, self-determined, and self-sufficient lives free from stigma, violence, criminalization or oppression. 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 Safeline
The National Runaway Safeline offers 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.
Paul & Lisa, Inc. is 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
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
Since its creation in 1987, CEOS´s mission has been to protect the welfare of America´s children and communities by enforcing federal criminal statutes relating to the exploitation of children and obscenity. You can find summaries of federal laws about child exploitation, kidnapping, and abuse here.
(816) 728-0004 (24 hrs)
Veronica’s Voice offers up to two years of housing and services for women who have been prostitutes, and general education and outreach for victims of sex trafficking.
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