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Human Trafficking Resources for Victims Services


The resources listed below were developed primarily to help victims services providers assist human trafficking victims. They were gathered from international, federal and state government agencies and organizations, as well as from private non-profit organizations, that deal with human trafficking.

These resources are intended to provide general information and guidance for victims services providers. Your organization may have more specific procedures for dealing with human trafficking.

This page includes links to various websites and documents which may be useful to those involved in identifying, investigating, and prosecuting human trafficking and serving victims. Users are advised that these documents and websites are identified for informational purposes and that the information and opinions presented within each are the responsibility of the authors and do not represent official positions or policies of the Department of Criminal Justice Services.


Government Resources


EXISTE AYUDA TOOLKIT (Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime)

The goal of the Existe Ayuda project is to produce and disseminate replicable Spanish-language outreach materials to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual violence. These materials—glossaries, PowerPoint presentations, and other tools—will help facilitate the work of bilingual/bicultural staff, especially those who are just beginning Spanish-language programs.

IMMIGRATION OPTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES (Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

This brochure provides information for law enforcement, heath care providers, and others on immigration options for victims of crimes, including trafficking victims.

INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Victims Assistance Program)

A brochure that provides information to help individuals understand their rights under federal law as a victim of human trafficking in the United States, and what assistance is available to victims.

MESSAGES FOR COMMUNICATING WITH VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Fact sheet containing strategic word choice and usage geared to establish trust between law enforcement officers and trafficking victims.

THE MINDSET OF A HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Fact sheet highlighting challenges a law enforcement officer may encounter when interacting with potential human trafficking victims.


Non-Government Resources



A GUIDE FOR LEGAL ADVOCATES PROVIDING SERVICES TO VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Source: US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles)

A very extensive guide on legal issues and services concerning human trafficking.

A condensed guide to human trafficking for service providers and law enforcement. Includes:
  • A Brief Overview: The Elements of the Crime of Human Trafficking Are Present
  • Common Myths and Misperceptions About Human Trafficking in the U.S.
  • Key provisions of the TVPA
  • Potential Trafficking Indicators
  • The A-M-P Model


DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE ADVOCATE HANDBOOK ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Source: Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

This handbook is designed for domestic violence and sexual violence advocates. Though primarily for Florida providers, it contains basic information on human trafficking and how to identify and assist a person who is trafficked.

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (A GUIDE FOR NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS) (source: U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau)

This guide provides general information regarding human trafficking, federal benefits and services, immigration related information, and resources.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSEING TOOLKIT FOR ANIT-TRAFFICKING SERVICE PROVIDERS (Source: Project Hope International and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)

This document provides a guide for organizations looking to develop a transitional housing option for trafficking survivors.

Organizations that Assist Victims of Human Trafficking

There are various organizations which assist victims of human trafficking. Some of these include:

Ayuda, Inc.
1736 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 387-2870

Boat People SOS
6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 640
Falls Church, VA 22042-2336
Phone: (703) 538-2190
Email: bpsos@bpsos.org

Break the Chain Campaign
733 15th Street, NW Suite 1020
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 234-9382
Email: joy@ips-dc.org

Commonwealth Catholic Charities
1512 Willow Lawn Drive
P.O. Box 6565
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone (804) 285-5900

Courtney's House
P.O. Box 48626
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: (202) 525-1426

Covenant House
Administrative Offices
2001 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 610-9600

Polaris Project
Washington, D.C. Office
P.O. Box 53315
Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: (202) 745-1001

Project HOPE International
4410 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202)330-2800
Email: info@phi-ngo.org

Virginia Poverty Law Center
700 East Franklin Street, Suite 14T1
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 782-9430

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