Monday May 16, 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.
“Building a Direct Outreach Program” is a resource created by the NHTRC to assist anti-trafficking organizations in developing direct outreach initiatives. Direct outreach efforts target victims of human trafficking and other at-risk populations as the recipients of the outreach. This method differs from community outreach which focuses on training community members who are likely to come into contact with victims through the course of their work. Outreach is a critical tool for enhancing victim identification.
Building a Direct Outreach Program – In-Depth-Review
Resource for the Field: Example Outreach Materials
The NHTRC has compiled example outreach materials for both community and direct outreach, including matchbooks, pocket-cards, bandages, and magnets. Click on the links below to access these and other materials.
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Each month, the NHTRC features hotline statistics on a recognizable or emerging trend in the anti-trafficking field or on a particular category of calls received by the hotline. From December, 2007 through March, 2011, the NHTRC received 459 calls referencing the H-2A or H-2B visa.
The H-2A and H-2B are both non-immigrant visa programs that permit foreign nationals to work in the U.S. on a temporary or seasonal basis. H-2A visa holders provide agricultural labor and H-2B visa holders work in non-agricultural labor or services. Callers referencing these visas reported a variety of situations, including severe labor exploitation and potential human trafficking.
The majority of these callers learned about the NHTRC through the Department of State’s Know Your Rights Pamphlet.
The five states with the highest volume of callers referencing H-2A or H-2B visas, in descending order are:
The majority of calls referenced situations of labor exploitation, including wage and hour concerns, unsafe or hazardous working conditions, and potential discrimination. Callers also called with general questions about their rights as workers or other employment questions and for immigration services. Approximately 6% of calls referenced potential human trafficking.
For situations involving potential human trafficking, callers reported potential labor trafficking in agriculture, construction, large and small businesses, residential facilities, and various other venues.
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This month's vignettes highlight cases of potential labor trafficking involving H-2A and H-2B visa holders.
A young man made the decision to find work in the U.S. in order to afford medical care for his aging parents in Colombia. Read More
Marco decided to come to the U.S. to work for a forestry company after being approached by a labor recruiter in his hometown in El Salvador, but once in the U.S. he found that he was increasingly in debt as a result of illegal deductions and fees. 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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The NHTRC requests ideas and promising practices for building and maintaining an interpreting network. We would like to hear your suggestions for assessing language needs, identifying interpreting resources, training interpreters, engaging with professional interpreting services, and ensuring a victim-centered approach while utilizing interpreters. Click here to send an email with your suggestions to the NHTRC. We will share these resources with the field via future newsletters and the USA-TIP Listserv.
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