Faith-Based and Community Organizations Can Help End Trafficking

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At the Department of Health and Human Services, the core of our anti-trafficking mission is to identify victims, support survivors’ aim for independence, and equip organizations — including faith-based and community organizations — to help survivors toward independence.
 

These organizations bring well-developed networks, strong community trust, long-standing expertise serving refugees, victims of violence, and other populations in need. They also have the capacity to tailor services to their communities based on localized research and experience.
 

We can offer support, connections to anti-trafficking networks, and expertise on how to effectively and safely work with those who have experienced trafficking to reduce their risk of being re-traumatized.

Ways to Get Involved

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Raise awareness about the National Human Trafficking Hotline

Victims, survivors, and concerned community members can contact the hotline at 1-888-373-7888, through text messaging (233733), and through online chat Visit disclaimer page 24 hours a day in multiple languages. Since 2007, the Hotline Visit disclaimer page has received reports of over 35,000 cases of potential trafficking across the U.S. and U.S. territories and connected survivors to critical services. In 2018, HHS will increase public awareness and outreach efforts to faith-based and community organizations to strengthen our national response to human trafficking. Access our poster and brochure for faith-based and community organizations. Take part in the HHS Look Beneath the Surface public awareness campaign so everyone knows that help is available for victims of trafficking.

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Learn to identify and respond to human trafficking

If you work with populations in need, you may encounter victims of trafficking. We offer expertise on how to effectively and safely work with those who have experienced trafficking to reduce their risk of being re-traumatized. The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) provides training for health and human service professionals to identify and respond to the complex needs of survivors of trafficking. The Center also supports organizations and communities to address the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking. Email NHTTAC for more information.

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Support your local anti-trafficking task force or coalition

Many cities and counties across the U.S. have multi-disciplinary task forces or coalitions that need faith-based and community organizations to provide their particular expertise to strengthen efforts to combat local trafficking. Email the Hotline for information on local groups or check out DOJ’s Services & Task Forces Map.

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Enroll as a Trafficking Victim Assistance Program sub-grantee

In FY 17, a national network of HHS-funded grantees provided direct assistance to more than 1,500 victims of human trafficking and their families. Local organizations assisting foreign national victims of trafficking can enroll as a sub-recipient to one of the grantees anywhere in the country. Funding will enable service providers to support survivors of trafficking, including short- and long-term housing, substance use, mental health counseling, education, job training, legal advocacy, or financial counseling. Email OTIP for more information.

If your organization is interested in applying for federal funding, track and apply for opportunities on grants.gov Visit disclaimer page .

Check out these stories about how faith-based and community organizations have partnered with OTIP to help survivors of trafficking.

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