June 15, 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 created several human trafficking assessment tools that can be used by service providers, law enforcement and other professionals who may encounter potential victims and/or situations of human trafficking. For assistance conducting a trafficking assessment call the NHTRC hotline at 888-373-7888.
The resource pack includes the following documents:
- Comprehensive Victim Assessment
- Trafficking Assessment: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
- Trafficking Assessment: Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY)
- Medical Assessment Tool
- Human Trafficking Power and Control Wheel
Resources for the Field:
In the December 2010 NHTRC Newsletter “Call for Response,” the NHTRC requested examples of anti-trafficking public service announcements (PSAs). The responses and links to several examples are compiled below.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rescue & Restore
Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking
“Modern-Day Slavery – Help is Available” PSAs are accessible at: http://www.ctcaht.org
Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC)
Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area-Task Force on Human Trafficking
Short documentary and several video PSAs are listed under the Resources tab at: http://www.catfht.org
Video (English and Spanish): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6unVdE7AyfQ
El Paso Police Department Human Trafficking Task Force
Note: Scroll to bottom of page to access videos. MP3 Real Player must be downloaded to view videos
New Mexico Attorney General’s Office
San Jose Police Department
If you would like assistance creating a PSA for your community advertising the NHTRC hotline, please call 1-888-3737-888 or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The NHTRC is available to review and offer feedback on anti-trafficking related materials developed by your organization. These materials reviews can include:
- victim assessment tools
- local referral protocols
- hotline protocols
- outreach or first-responder protocols
- direct outreach and awareness-raising materials
- training curricula, materials, or powerpoints
To request a materials review, 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. From December 2007 through April 2011, the NHTRC received 1,158 hotline calls from individuals who self-identified as potential victims of human trafficking. Potential victims called most often to request referrals for anti-trafficking services, to report tips about potential trafficking cases, and to seek assistance during crisis situations.
Note: A Linked Call describes a follow-up or subsequent call that refers back to an earlier request or previously reported tip. This category was discontinued in August of 2010 when the NHTRC implemented a case-based tracking system for multiple call cases.
Potential victims referenced sex trafficking in the majority of calls (51%), while labor trafficking made up 34% of calls. The remaining calls referenced situations of sex and labor trafficking, situations where the type of trafficking was not specified, or other types of trafficking.
The most common types of sex and labor trafficking referenced by potential victims are listed below in descending order:
Approximately 83% of the callers were female potential victims, and male potential victims made up approximately 17%.
The following chart shows the breakdown of potential victim nationalities where nationality was specified on the hotline call. Potential victims identifying as foreign nationals called with similar frequency as potential victims identifying as US citizens or legal permanent residents, illustrated in the chart below.
Of the potential victims who identified as foreign nationals, the following chart shows the breakdown of nationalities when specified.
The chart below shows the most common ways through which potential victims of human trafficking learned about the NHTRC hotline.
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This month's vignettes highlight the types of hotline calls the NHTRC receives directly from potential victims of human trafficking.
Several months after leaving an abusive labor situation, a woman called the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) and explained that upon arrival in the U.S., her new employer told her that she had incurred a debt for coming to the US.
A young woman told the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) that when she was 17 years old, she and another minor were forced to engage in prostitution at various hotels between Atlanta and Savannah, GA by two pimps.
Two male friends told a community member they wanted to leave their salescrew, and the community member provided the young men with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline number.
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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