Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
National Human Trafficking Resource Center Newsletter
Welcome! The monthly newsletter is a tool created by the NHTRC to share relevant and timely information with the anti-trafficking field.
The NHTRC has developed resources to support task forces, coalitions and local service providers as they build a comprehensive response to all forms of human trafficking in their communities.
The resource pack includes the following documents:
• Sample Referral Matrix
• Sample NHTRC Reporting and Referral Protocols
• Community Model Action Plan
• Comprehensive Local Model for Combating Trafficking
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For resources aimed at building and strengthening task force structure and operations:
• OVC-TTAC Anti-Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide
For law enforcement-specific training:
• FLETC Human Trafficking Training Program.
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If you are seeking more in-depth technical assistance developing your community-wide response to human trafficking, the NHTRC offers phone consultations for task forces, coalitions, and service providers to help build capacity and design specialized local referral and reporting protocols. Consultations may focus on the following:
• Community Needs Assessment
• Identifying and engaging key stakeholders
• Fostering strong local and national partnerships
• Engaging community members and public awareness campaigns
• Coalition Building
• Designing Referral & Reporting Protocols
• Accessing the NHTRC as a reporting and referral resources
To request a consultation, contact the NHTRC or submit a request online.
You can read more about the training and technical assistance available through the NHTRC here.
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Each month, the NHTRC features hotline statistics on an emerging trend in the anti-trafficking field or on a particular category of calls received by the hotline. Over the past three years, the NHTRC has received approximately 217 hotline calls from law enforcement and 771 hotline calls from social service providers.
The following charts highlight the types of calls received from law enforcement and service providers. The percentages, calculated out of the total volume of substantive calls, show a similar pattern for both populations of callers.
Note: A Linked Call describes a follow-up or subsequent call that refers back to an earlier request or previously reported tip, where the caller provides little or no additional substantive information, and the nature of the caller’s original request has not changed.. This category was discontinued in August of 2010 when the NHTRC implemented a case-based tracking system for multiple call cases.
For both law enforcement and service providers, approximately 4% of hotline calls referenced related issues such as domestic violence or labor exploitation.
Law enforcement callers referenced sex trafficking in nearly 58% of calls and labor trafficking in only 15% of calls. While sex trafficking was also the most common type of potential trafficking in hotline calls from service providers at 40%, the disparity between sex and labor trafficking was smaller, with labor trafficking referenced in 25% of their calls. For service providers who self-identified as legal professionals, labor trafficking, was the most common type of potential trafficking mentioned (35% of calls).
For law enforcement and service provider callers, the two most common types of trafficking described were pimp-controlled sex trafficking and domestic servitude.
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This month's vignettes highlight the importance of strong partnerships between law enforcement and service providers to meet the complex needs of victims of trafficking.
A woman called the National Human Trafficking Resource Center after being left in a hotel room by her pimp. Read More.
A woman came to the United States from Thailand to work for a family as a housekeeper. She was required to work without pay for very long hours without breaks. Read More.
After receiving a call from her 20-year-old niece and 22-year-old nephew several weeks after they had joined a traveling salescrew, a woman contacted the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Read More.
An officer responded to a report that commercial sex was occurring at a residential building, and recognized many potential trafficking indicators. Read More.
Note: Vignettes are based on hotline calls received by the NHTRC. Names, locations, and other identifying information have been changed and/or omitted to preserve the confidentiality of the populations we serve. Vignettes are meant as examples of the types of calls received by the hotline and are for informational purposes only.
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