Information on Human Trafficking and Support for Victims
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Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
Civil Legal Needs
"Trafficking victims have a wide range of civil legal needs, depending on their personal circumstances and the trafficking situation they have endured. Some will need only limited legal services for a short period of time, while others will have multiple legal issues that may last for many years.
Civil legal issues commonly presented by trafficking victims include family law, employment law, public benefits access, rights enforcement, and immigration or repatriation ..."
Take Action: Train healthcare workers to recognize signs of human trafficking in patients.
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Featured Article: The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States, researched and written by Brittany Anthony, data researcher for Polaris’s data analysis program; Jennifer Kimball Penrose, director of Polaris’s data analysis program; and Sarah Jakiel, chief program officer of Polaris. Other Polaris staff, including Tessa Couture, Sara Crowe, Megan Fowler, Rochelle Keyhan, Keeli Sorensen, Bradley Myles, and Mary Ann Badavi contributed to the text.
Human Trafficking and Law Enforcement, published September 2016 by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).
Special Feature: Human Trafficking from the Office of Justice Programs, National Criminal Justice Reference Service.
"Faces of Human Trafficking" Video Series" from the Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches ...Accompanying the video series is a discussion guide ...Fact Sheets ...posters that can be used to augment trainings and generate discussion."
Special Feature: Stalking from the Office of Justice Programs, National Criminal Justice Reference Service
"Stalking is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and at the federal level, and it can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, location, or personal associations ..." OVC Help Series for Crime Victims.
Information on Missing and Exploited Children
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC): 24-hour Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Use NCMEC's CyberTipline to report information online about possible child exploitation.
Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response This technical assistance brief is a publication of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®.
Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis For Professionals Investigating the Sexual Exploitation of Children, by Kenneth V. Lanning, Former Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: " In general, however, sexually victimized children need more people addressing their needs from the professional perspective and fewer from the personal and political perspectives."
Child Sex Trafficking Risk Factors and Indentification Resource, published by the National Center for MIssing and Exploited Children: "It is the responsibility of child-serving professionals to identify possible indicators of child sex trafficking instead of relying on the child for disclosure. Due to the sophisticated recruitment tactics, manipulation, trauma bonds, and threats used by traffickers and buyers, children are often unable to immediately disclose or recognize their own victimization."
Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals, published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: "Children in the care of social services are disproportionately vulnerable to sex trafficking. In 2016, 86 percent of the endangered runaways reported to NCMEC as missing who were identified as likely child
sex trafficking victims were missing from a foster care or group home placement."
Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Parents and Guardians, published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: "Children frequently do not reveal their victimization because they’re being manipulated by a traffickerwho has physical and psychological control over them, or out of the shame and guilt that may exist as a result of their exploitation. Parents and guardians should familiarize themselves with some of the indicators of child sex trafficking ..."
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