Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is designated as the agency responsible for helping victims of human trafficking become eligible to receive benefits and services so they may rebuild their lives safely in the United States. As part of this effort, HHS has initiated the Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign.
The intent of the Rescue & Restore campaign is to increase the identification of trafficking victims in the United States and to help those victims receive the benefits and services they need to restore their lives. The campaign primarily focused on outreach to those individuals who most likely encounter victims on a daily basis, but may not recognize them as victims of human trafficking. By educating health care providers, social service organizations and the law enforcement community about the issue of human trafficking, we hope to encourage these intermediaries to look beneath the surface by recognizing clues and asking the right questions because they may be the only outsiders with the chance to reach out and help victims.
A critical component of the Rescue & Restore campaign is the creation of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 1.888.3737.888, which is operated by a nongovernmental organization and connects victims of trafficking to organizations who can help them in their local area. The resource center also helps intermediaries determine whether they have encountered a victim of human trafficking, and provides training and technical assistance to the trafficking field.
The Rescue & Restore Campaign website was also launched to provide information about the issue of human trafficking, information about the campaign; information and resources for health care providers, social service providers, law enforcement officers, and others; and ideas on how to get involved in the campaign. The following informational materials are found on the website.
Rescue & Restore campaign materials are available to order free of charge through the submission of this order form.
The Rescue & Restore campaign was launched in several cities in 2004 and 2005 and local coalitions were formed to address the issue on the ground. The campaign has continued to grow in those and other communities across the country. Many voluntary coalitions now exist and often work in coordination with or as a part of local law enforcement human trafficking task forces.
If your community does not have a Rescue & Restore Coalition and you are interested in forming one, or if you would like to associate your community’s human trafficking efforts with the Rescue & Restore campaign, please contact the HHS Division of Anti-Trafficking in Persons at Trafficking@acf.hhs.gov.
You can sign up to receive periodic emails from the HHS Division of Anti-Trafficking in Persons providing information and updates on human trafficking issues, as well as training and funding opportunities.