Our mission at Trafficking Hope USA is to eradicate sex trafficking across the nation while helping empower local churches and organizations in their own city and state. C.A.R.E.S. (COALITION, AWARENESS, RESCUE, EDUCATION, SERVICES) is our holistic approach to combating human trafficking. Our Goal is to expand our C.A.R.E.S. Initiative to every state.
C – Coalition
Driven as it is by both supply and demand, human trafficking has gradually acquired a combination of local and global characteristics, requiring a context-sensitive and multi-faceted response. Partnerships are critical as no one group can possibly combat it alone.
Trafficking Hope’s coalition partners include: local government, civic groups, churches, ethnic/immigrant groups, women’s organizations, labor organizations, immigration organizations, community health providers, faith-based organizations and other non-profits, social service organizations.
A – Awareness
According to the 2013 TIP Report, “when the public becomes aware of human trafficking and whom to contact if they see the indicators, victims are more likely to be identified and helped.” (U.S. Department of State. “Trafficking in Persons Report 2013”, Pg. 18)
Trafficking Hope’s awareness efforts include: the use of billboards, radio spots, print media, and public forums to inform the community of the horrendous crime of human trafficking.
R – Rescue
Once victims are properly identified, law enforcement officials can rescue a trafficked person. These victims have immediate and critical needs like temporary shelter.
Trafficking Hope’s rescue efforts include: working to get traffickers off the street by supporting law enforcement and in the case of interception and rescue of trafficked women, the organization involves the appropriate stake holders.
E – Education
Education plays a key role in creating normative social pressures on those who still use or condone the use of trafficked victims, leading to a decline in the demand. It also counters the poverty and vulnerability context of forced labor, potentially decreasing the supply of people that are at risk for being trafficked.
S – Services
The after-effects and trauma that trafficked victims face often require a long period of recovery, and walking people through emotional and spiritual healing is just as important as physical recovery. There is also a need for stronger measures of prevention and protection in the fight against human trafficking.
Trafficking Hope’s Services include: providing transitional, short, and long-term care for victims of sex trafficking through Hope House U.S. and also partnering with organizations like Children’s Cup to prevent children from being trafficked for school fees and providing shelter to those at risk for being trafficked in sub-Saharan Africa. For more information about Hope House U.S. please click here.
Trafficking Hope’s education programs include: training various schools, businesses, organizations, law enforcement, and medical facilities to identify potential trafficked victims and equip them with knowledge and tips on how they can prevent and intervene when they see it.