All victims of human trafficking deserve to feel safe and supported. Quality care, compassionate responses, and essential services can help victims recover from their victimization. OVC has compiled the following list of resources to help victims and survivors receive the assistance they need.
Many people in human trafficking situations don’t seek help because they don’t know their rights, especially if they lack legal immigration status. However, all people in the United States—regardless of immigration status—have rights and are protected by our laws.
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Several immigration options were specifically created for trafficking victims, such as Continued Presence and the T Visa, and options for crime victims of trafficking, including the U Visa and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. To learn more, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, Resources for Victims of Human Trafficking & Other Crimes.
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Responses to victimization must retain a focus on the needs, beliefs, and interests of the victims. OVC recognizes that engaging survivors in anti-human trafficking leadership and decisionmaking is imperative in providing effective services.
In January 2016, OVC and the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center hosted this forum in Washington, D.C. The event featured twenty survivors who shared their perspectives on effective, victim-centered strategies in federal anti-trafficking initiatives with staff from the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and State.
OVC continues to find opportunities to engage with survivors in anti-trafficking efforts and support survivor leadership.
Connect with resources in your area by visiting the services and task forces map. The services and task forces map provides state and local OVC-funded human trafficking programs and OVC/Bureau of Justice Assistance-funding task forces with whom you can network and receive needed services.
You may also consider reaching out to human trafficking survivor coalitions, such as these.
National Survivor Network
The goal of the National Survivor Network (NSN), managed through the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, is to foster connections between survivors of all forms of human trafficking and to build an anti-trafficking movement where survivors are at the forefront and recognized as leaders on human trafficking issues. By connecting survivors across the country, the NSN supports and encourages survivors to realize and become confident of their own leadership qualities and teach others to value their insight not just as survivors but also as experts in the field.
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) Survivor Leadership Forum
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of girls and young women by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth. The Survivor Leadership Forum is a place to seek support and understanding that other survivors can offer. Learn more about applying for membership.
For survivors looking to build their professional capacity as service providers, explore the training opportunities through the Office for Victims of Crime Training & Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and by searching the OVC National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events. The following OVC TTAC trainings may also be of interest to you.
Victim Assistance Training Online
Victim Assistance Training Online is a Web-based victim assistance training program offering victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge to more effectively assist victims of crime.
Leadership in Victim Services
This training is designed specifically for victim service professionals—both current and potential program managers. You will learn about yourself and your own leadership capabilities, leadership principles and ethics, how to promote team development and conflict resolution, and how to manage the planning and implementation of your initiatives.
If you are a service provider or work closely with service providers and are interested in funding through OVC, visit the Victim Service Providers page.