NHTHT 2014 StatsThe National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is very excited to share our 2014 annual hotline statistics report. Every year the NHTRC produces public reports highlighting key statistics and trends communicated through signals to the hotline. In 2014, we received a total of24,062 signals which include 21,431 calls,1,482 online tip reports, and 1,149 emails. The 2014 annual report includes non-personally identifying aggregate statistics based on region, trafficking type, and victim and survivor demographics to identify trends and patterns that can help inform anti-trafficking prevention and intervention efforts at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more and view up-to-date and past hotline statistics.  

2014 Highlights: Victims and survivors of human trafficking made 2,713 calls to the hotline in 2014, a 26% increase over the previous year. This increase in victims and survivors accessing the NHTRC is encouraging and reflects a growing awareness of human trafficking and enhanced identification efforts within local communities and among anti-trafficking practitioners and other frontline professionals (e.g. healthcare professionals, educators) who are working with at-risk populations. There is still much work to be done to ensure that the hotline number is known by those who need it most. The NHTRC has created outreach cards to assist first responders and other practitioners who regularly interact with human trafficking victims and other at-risk populations in identifying victims of Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking

None of our work would be possible without the dedicated law enforcement and service providers who go above and beyond to respond to trafficking tips and victim service requests received by the hotline. Analyn’s* case is one such example:

Analyn had come to the United States to work as a domestic worker and her employers had promised that she would work 6 days a week, receive one day off every week, and she would earn a fair wage for her work. Instead, she was expected to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and was paid irregularly. Furthermore, Analyn’s employers threatened her with deportation often and she believed that if she left, they would report her to immigration authorities. Analyn wanted help leaving and was not ready to speak with law enforcement. The NHTRC reached out to a local service provider partner to support Analyn as she prepared to leave. Initially, Analyn wanted to find a safe place to stay on her own, so the service provider offered to provide her with transportation. However, when Analyn’s shelter plans fell through, the service provider made multiple calls and tapped into local resources to coordinate shelter at a permanent safe house. Through conversations with Analyn, the service provider, and the NHTRC, a plan was set in place for Analyn to leave. The service provider met Analyn near her employer’s home and took her to meet with a pro-bono immigration attorney, shortly before taking her to the safe house. With the service provider’s advocacy, Analyn was able to access necessary social services, had a safe place to stay, and continued to work with an immigration attorney to obtain a T-Visa.

* Names, locations, and other identifying information have been changed and/or omitted to preserve the confidentiality of the people we serve.

Human Trafficking Forums for Community and Legal Stakeholders

The Attorney General’s office and the Department for Children and Families are co-sponsoring a series of HT forums in 7 cities across Kansas over the next several weeks.  In each community a morning session from 10-12 will be open to the public and will focus on exploring the services for HT victims that are available in that particular community.  The afternoon session will take place from 3-5 PM in a separate location and will be open to all legal stakeholders such as court service officers , juvenile intake officers, prosecutors, judges etc.  It will focus on identifying issues of concern about implementing the new package of HT laws.  Attached are the morning invitation and the afternoon invitation listing all locations of these meetings. community.HT Forums for Community Stakeholders - Morning session-page-001HT Forums for Legal Stakeholders - Afternoon session-page-001

BODY & SOLD – A Retelling of stories from young American victims of HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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Please consider attending this play at Highland Park High School, October 23, 24 and 25th at 7pm. This is a retelling of true stories written by American teenagers who have been victimized by human traffickers. It is a powerful play, and the students are very passionate about the subject matter.

Fall Play: Body and Sold
Directed by Ms. Teri Walton, this retelling of true stories of American teenagers will be performed October 23, 24, and 25th (next thursday, friday, and saturday) at 7pm in the auditorium/theater. Only $5 for an awesome show
Company: Lexie Marcella, Selena Hernandez, Rj Kirk, Nathaniel Muriithi, Dy-Esha Risby,Samantha Ford, Korynne McWilliams, Kayleene Campbell, Heather King, and Annette Gross.

SWEET, SWEET CHILD

SWEET, SWEET CHILD

 

I think you came from far away to help your family.

You didn’t know the work you’d do would hurt your soul.

You’re hoping there is someone out there who can help you.

You shouldn’t be this scared and all alone.

You’re just a child.

 

Sweet, sweet child,

I see you on the streets most every day.

I catch your eye, but then they take you away.

Sometimes I see a tear.

 

Sweet, sweet child,

I know you cry, but I don’t hear a sound.

I know you cry when no one else is around.

Sometimes I feel your fear.

 

Maybe you’re running from somebody in your family.

You thought you’d find a life much better than your own.

You didn’t know the life would be so sad and lonely.

After all, you’re just a child.

 

Sweet child,

I see you on the streets most every day.

I catch your eye, but then they take you away.

Sometimes I see a tear.

 

Sweet, sweet child,

I know you cry, but I don’t hear a sound.

I know you cry when no one else is around.

Sometimes I feel your fear.

 

Millions of children disappear every year.

Some are trafficked to a world full of fear.

Might be your daughter, sister, brother or your friend

Please remember…..

 

The Sweet, sweet child.

 

This is just one of the many songs you will hear at the 2015 Jam for Justice and Freedom Fair on Saturday, January 10, 2015 beginning 5:30pm at the Celtic Fox in downtown Topeka.

 

Human Trafficking is a modern form of Slavery that exists in every country of our world, in every state of The United States of America, within our great state of Kansas, and even in your own community.  Human Trafficking affects men, women, and children.  To request a presentation regarding human trafficking in the Topeka, Shawnee County area, please visit us at www.starstopeka.org  where we continue to STOP TRAFFICKING AND REJECT SLAVERY!

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Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Modern day abolitionist, Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

Modern Day Abolitionist, Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. http://time.com/70856/wilthelma-ortiz-walker-pettigrew-2014-time-100/

World Slavery Awareness Week at Washburn University

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Washburn University’s 10th Annual Slavery Awareness Week
April 21st thru April 27th

Come join us in helping people become aware of OUR problem and find a solution to end all forms of slavery. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will be donated to the STARS foundation. This event was organized by Dr. Sullivan’s human trafficking class. All activities are free and open to the public.

WU 10th Annual Slavery Awareness Week Schedule

April 21-25: Tabling in Memorial Union
April 21-27: Modern Day Slavery resource display at the Topeka and Shawnee Country Public Library-New books section
April 22: Noon-1:00pm Shawnee Room, Memorial Union, Brownbag Talk—

“Slavery in Kansas” Jennifer Rapp, Deputy Director,

Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

April 22: 2:00-4:00pm Mabee Library, Film Showing—

“Not My Life”

April 23: 11-1pm upper level of the Memorial Union cafeteria—Tunnel of Slavery

April 24: 5-8pm Henderson 112—Film

“12 Years A Slave” (cosponsored by Sistahood)

April 25-27: Freedom Weekend

The Topeka and Shawnee County Library will host a display about Modern Day Slavery all week in the New Books section.

Presidential Proclamation–National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2014

Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2014

NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH, 2014

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Over a century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, millions remain in bondage — children forced to take part in armed conflict or sold to brothels by their destitute families, men and women who toil for little or no pay, who are threatened and beaten if they try to escape. Slavery tears at our social fabric, fuels violence and organized crime, and debases our common humanity. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we renew our commitment to ending this scourge in all its forms.

Because modern-day slavery is a global tragedy, combating it requires international action. The United States is shining a spotlight on the dark corners where it persists, placing sanctions on some of the worst abusers, giving countries incentives to meet their responsibilities, and partnering with groups that help trafficking victims escape from their abusers’ grip. We are working with other nations as they step up their own efforts, and we are seeing more countries pass anti-human trafficking laws and improve enforcement.

At home, we are leading by example. My Administration is cracking down on traffickers, charging a record number of perpetrators. We are deploying new technology in the fight against human trafficking, developing the Federal Government’s first-ever strategic action plan to strengthen victim services, and strengthening protections against human trafficking in Federal contracts. During the past year, the White House has hosted events on combating human trafficking, bringing together leaders from every sector of society. Together, we came up with new ideas to fight trafficking at the national and grassroots levels.

As we work to dismantle trafficking networks and help survivors rebuild their lives, we must also address the underlying forces that push so many into bondage. We must develop economies that create legitimate jobs, build a global sense of justice that says no child should ever be exploited, and empower our daughters and sons with the same chances to pursue their dreams. This month, I call on every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2014 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, national and community organizations, faith-based groups, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA