What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery– a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world including the United States. All trafficking victims share one essential experience–their loss of freedom.*
How Interface Can Help: 1-800-636-6738
Since beginning this program last year, Interface has helped 36 human trafficking survivors in our community by providing:
- Immediate, in-person response is available when requested by law enforcement or medical providers, to emotionally support adult survivors of sex and/or labor trafficking (both U.S. born and foreign nationals). The advocates assess for basic and immediate needs, provide referrals and linkage to supportive services, inform survivors of their rights and discuss options for safely exiting their trafficking situation.
Community Based Advocacy:
- In-person support and advocacy to help each survivor establish safety, work towards healing from their trauma and achieving self-sufficiency.
- A trauma-informed, and confidential shelter for adult survivors of trafficking. Survivors are provided a safe and supportive residential setting to begin healing from their trauma and working towards reclaiming their independence.
Training and Outreach:
- Training and technical assistance is available for medical professionals, law enforcement, hospitality providers, and other community agencies. Training aids with the identification and implementation of best practices for screening and responding to adult victims of sex and labor trafficking. To request a presentation for your organization call: (805) 485-6114 ext. 659.
WATCH THE VIDEO: “What is Human Trafficking?”
TAKE THE QUIZ: How much do you know about human trafficking?
RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
Upcoming Human Trafficking Events
March 8: STOP Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery
Hosted by: SOROPTOMIST ITNERNATIONAL of Oxnard, Ventura, Fillmore, Camarillo and The Conejo Valley
Don’t think this happens in your community? Think again! Join us, become informed, and share this powerful message! Featuring Interface’s Human Trafficking Client Services Program Manager Christan Perez. Click here to reserve your tickets now.
March 28: Combating Human Trafficking: Local Efforts on a Global Issue
Hosted by: Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin
Assemblymember Jaqui Irwin will be hosting a second Break the Chain screening at California Lutheran University. This award-winning feature-length documentary film addresses the often “hidden-in-plain-sight” issue of Human Trafficking in the United States. The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking along with nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists actively working to raise awareness for this global issue. This film will be followed by a panel of speakers made up of members of the community who are experts in the battle against human trafficking in Ventura County. Undersheriff Gary Pentis will be on the panel, as well as Interface’s Human Trafficking Program Manager Christan Perez, and Debbie Gohlkie from Soroptimist International of Oxnard. Click here to reserve your tickets or call (805) 482-1904.