2019 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
“Our agency provides emergency shelter, case management, therapy, and legal services to both male and female survivors of both sex and labor trafficking. TVAP has been a great help to our clients. They come to our agency having dealt with trauma and atrocities that most people cannot imagine…Being able to receive case management needs through TVAP gives them a sense of normalcy and stability.” – USCRI TVAP service provider
“The assistance I received helped me get my life back on the right track. The program, among other things, ensured that I received counseling, food, shelter, … legal services, and a job. I again feel that I have so much to look forward to and I am excited about my future.” – USCRI TVAP participant
Since 2011, USCRI has served served a total of over 4,500 survivors and eligible family members combined through the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP). Starting January 2019, USCRI is the sole TVAP grantee managing comprehensive case management services across the U.S. and its territories. To learn more about TVAP and information about certification and eligibility, please visit OTIP’s website.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline defines human trafficking as a crime that occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Force, fraud, or coercion need not be present if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18 years of age.
Below are helpful resources to increase awareness and ways you and your community can get involved today and throughout the year:
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) delivers training and technical assistance (T/TA)to inform and enhance the public health response to human trafficking. Contact NHTTAC today to find out how you can request T/TA for your agency or conference. Sign up for the email listserv to receive updates on NHTTAC trainings and materials.
Share HHS Look Beneath the Surface campaignvideos, public service announcements, and resources so everyone in your community knows how to help. To reach the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Call 1-888-373-7888 | (TTY: 711) | Text 233733
Browse OTIP’s calendarand register for webinars or local events in your area. Information is available nowfor webinars, including Responding to Child Victims of Traffickingand Human Trafficking Response: Resources for Health Care Professionals.
The Toolkit for Building Survivor-Informed Organizationsis a collection of new and existing resources that build organizational capacity to collaborate with and support staff, volunteers, and consultants who identify as survivor leaders. It is an appropriate resource for anti-trafficking organizations, coalitions, task forces, volunteer programs, and other community and faith-based organizations who wish to improve collaboration with those impacted by human trafficking.