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.*
Interface Children & Family Services provides programs and in-person emergency response for victims of human trafficking. Sometimes clients have nothing more than their person. Care Bags ensure that survivors’ immediate, concrete needs are met as well as provide dignity as they begin to re-build their lives. View our full list of in-kind needs here.
How Interface Helps:
Since beginning this program in 2016, Interface has helped 80 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.
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 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?”
READ SURVIVOR STORIES: How much do you know about human trafficking?
RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
Where to Find Help for Human Trafficking Victims and Survivors
Interface’s 24/7 Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-800-636-6738
Confidential support is available to adult victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking, concerned loved ones, community members and service providers.
Polaris BeFree Textline Text – “BeFree” (233733)
Monday-Sunday from 3-11pm EST
Confidential crisis assistance, support, referrals, tip reporting, and general information about human trafficking through SMS text message.
For more information about any of these services or to reach an advocate, call 1‑800‑636‑6738.