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Anti Human Trafficking

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Thousands of men, women and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year. The Institute assists foreign-born trafficking survivors by providing direct, trauma-informed services to adults and children. The Institute also offers training and technical assistance to other agencies.

The International Institute helps trafficking survivors:

  • Find safe, affordable housing
  • Access primary health care and mental health services
  • Obtain job training and job placement services
  • Learn English
  • Obtain referrals for other social services

Human Trafficking Definitions

  • Sex Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which a commercial act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or when the person is induced to perform such acts is under 18 years of age, no force, fraud, or coercion is necessary.
  • Labor Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Indicators of Human Trafficking

Regarding the person

  • Lack of control over personal schedule, money, identification, or other documents
  • Lack of knowledge about the community they live in
  • Accompanied by a controlling person or boss; not speaking on own behalf
  • Inconsistent stories (“just visiting”)
  • Depression, fear, overly submissive behavior
  • Signs of assault, restraint, or malnourishment

Regarding the worksite

  • Transported to or from work; lives and works in the same place
  • Unnecessary or unusual security on work site
  • Little pay, works long hours without breaks
  • Owes debt to employer or crew leader; unable to leave job

If you suspect someone is being trafficked, use caution and:

Additional Anti Human Trafficking Resources

How You Can Help

(See also the Safe Harbor Program at the Institute, services for sexually exploited youth)

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