Rescue is the first thing people usually think of when they think of helping with human trafficking. It is what people do when they go directly into situations where people are being trafficked and try to get them out. Sometimes, it is direct, for example, entering neighborhoods at night that tend to have much high levels of sex trading and trying to talk to the women working. Sometimes it is less direct, like mentoring young people who are currently in the trade. Sometimes, it is entirely indirect, like hosting a hotline or reporting something suspicious in your neighborhood. Always, rescue is work with current victims of human trafficking. This may seem glamorous as it is the place where you are most likely to be working directly with victims. However, because victims are so sensitive, this is also a very difficult job. It requires much training and a large time commitment as well as screenings that could end up cutting you simply because you don’t fit the organizations ‘je n’ai sais qua’. In the end though, people working with rescue love what they are doing and end up doing direct work that really changes people’s lives.
Rescue, non-violent and safe types
Rescue as defined by any act that leads to the physical rescue of the victim that is safe and non-violent.
(notes:There is another rescue that breaks the chains that cannot be seen. In modern slavery there are internal chains still attached that are attempting to pull those who physically escaped back. These are the chains of manipulations, threats, drug addiction, stockholm syndrome, lies. They can be broken by restoration. Volunteer opportunities for restoration can be found in the survivor aid section of this website. There is also preventing the need for rescue. Less people will become enslaved when we work to lower demand for prostitution. When the johns find out that each one of their purchases incrementally is the deciding factor on how many of America’s children will be kidnapped, beaten and raped for years less of them will purchase. Working to teach them is found in the education section)
Reach out to victims at strip clubs. Women go and befriend the workers to help them get to a better working situation. They find some who are trafficking victims who then are given support to achieve freedom. They bring them cards, flowers, to the workers, to communicate love. Cookies may be needed to be baked to bribe the bouncers (works every time). Due to sensitive issues details can only be found out by attending the meetings.
-Bible study meets at Parkview Christian Church (Orland Park) and Willow Creek in Barrington.
-To contact them attend their meetings at: http://www.evesangels.org/events/
New Name Ministries in West Suburbs.
-Women go through 4 sessions at Sunday prayer meeting to prep to join in. http://www.new-name.org/
W.A.R. Strip Club Ministry
(probably Michigan based)
Call Centers. Call women “in the life” to help them get to a better working situation. Done with intensive prayer.
(Women only) New Name Ministries.
-To apply, attend the Sunday prayer
meeting in West suburbs. http://www.new-name.org/
Truck Stop Outreaches
Truckers against trafficking http://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/
Stop-It’s drop in center. It is currently open only one day a week. -Contact Stop-it.
-Public Awareness and Outreach Volunteer: Stop-It
*http://app.volunteer2.com/Public/Organization/A71EF3D8-1724-4F0D-9BF2-7B0799B494FE/ (listed also in education section)
-Hotline Volunteer: Stop-It
-Outreach Worker MSW Intern STOP-IT Program
Ashley Sheaffer, a faculty member at Messiah College, monitors Craigslist for Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Philadelphia for advertisements that might be associated with trafficking and reports them to partner organizations that work with law enforcement to rescue women who have been trafficked.
report suspicions massage parlours
Prepare and place soap with hotline numbers for placement in hotel rooms. Teach staff how to identify and report suspected child prostitution.
-This is homeland securities long list of printable posters that people can put up to increase awareness to firefighters, police, hospital workers, taxi drivers, hotel workers, etc. Anyone can do this!
-Kimberly Ritter is matching up backpage ads in hotels, identifying those hotels by decor, then getting the workers in those hotels trained. To identify and report possible trafficking.
Learn to identify victims and how to report it
Before traveling, identify how to report
an instance of sex tourism. Examples include
when you see someone purchasing sex from a
minor or see a tour company organizing sex
tours. Find out more at:
-Training available in N.W. Suburbs;
For their training for first time responders:
From your computer at home
-Rescue from your computer
If you suspect a U.S. business is organizing
sex tours, or someone you know is purchasing
such a tour, report it to your local police
department or attorney general’s office.
An internet search and a few phone calls could
be all that is needed for you to uncover them.
Call the Polaris hotline first (1-888-373-7888) to get
tips on how to do so first.
Flag underage sex posts on Craigslist
Place posters to let victims know where they can go to get help.
posters at homeland securities’ site:
Go to your local hospitals and police. Ask the leadership if you can show this video to all of their staff who deals with the public. It will quickly teach them: What is human trafficking, how to identify victims, how to report it to get them freed. (deliberately mentioned twice. Also in educate the public section)
A 7 minute video from Homeland security on teaching identification to police, medical, etc.
- See more at: http://freeslaveswithyourownhands.org/volunteer-opportunities/rescue#sthash.FdPk4CJm.dpuf
Survivor aid is a great way to work directly with victims in a less intensive manner than rescue. Instead of working with current victims, you work with those already out who are trying to build their lives anew. It is highly rewarding and can range in time commitments. Survivor aid is also a really nice because it allows you to bring your personal skills into the work you do with victims of human trafficking. If you are good at organizing or building a budget or looking for jobs for example, you could be incredibly helpful in job and life training. If you are good at cooking or sewing, you can teach a home ec type course that could help people build healthier, more self sustaining homes. Mentorship is also a good way to show victims of human trafficking how great life outside of trafficking can be, and all you have to do is be an accessible friend. Ultimately, survivor aid is a great way to get involved with a cornucopia of options!
Also called restoration. The recently rescued are often deeply traumatized and own nearly nothing. They need every basic need to begin their new lives. As mentioned before, Survivor Aid helps them acclimate to their new lives and thus, breaks the chains that pull so many back into slavery. It is a more effective rescue than merely physical rescue. Further, lack of safe house beds often convinces slaves not to “jump” to freedom. Lack of goods/donations for the safe houses lowers the numbers of beds. You can free slaves here by volunteering for survivor aid.
Interaction with survivors often requires 1-4 hours of video and class learning provided by the organization. This minimizes survivor retraumatization and volunteer stress and confusion. It is worth it. Also background checks are important.
Safe houses along with lowering demand are the two “bottlenecks” of the movement. Any help in these two areas especially makes an unusual amount of difference. New ideas on how to provide more beds can be discussed at: email@example.com
-Teachers assistant. No degree needed. One day a week commitment.
Dream Center http://www.chicagodreamcenter.org/connect/
-W.A.R. Online mentor coaches (mentor with no degree by blogging or email to survivors).
-Social Work/Counseling Interns Stop-It
-Social Worker Stop-It
-You send away for books/video to learn how to be a caregiver for survivors.
Then you are more equipped to volunteer to work with them. Not a Chicago group but they have classes sometimes nearby within driving distance like Holland MI.
An entire book online on how to do restoration. Vols. will have to read it and pick out which things they can do to help. Gives both the big picture and goes into educational level detail. Will help future grassroots groups to find their niche.
spiritual aid for victims
-Encouragement ministry. Women come, befriend and encourage survivors to do the things that will establish a healthy happy life. 4 hours. Dream Center.
Transport and sit with Survivors at Doctor and other appointments.
-Dream Center (Alabaster Dreams), Tues. or Thurs. Could be all day. Female,
Plan a Banquet for Survivors
-Donate goods to the Dream Center’s Christmas for Survivors banquet. Ask for the list for needed goods at: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Survivor aid with W.A.R.
Job Training/Job Referral
Creative employment and training opportunities
If you can provide any of these needs or can assist in locating others who would, please send us an email http://salarmychicago.org/promise/contact-us/
-Stop-It, Dream Catcher, Heartland, and the Dream Center also need employment opportunities especially but not exclusively, for very young people.
-Compile the complete list of all ways to make money while staying at home. Learn how to get people started on each of them. Go present all the options to groups of survivors to help them get started on their new life. Start with the Dream Center who gave us this idea and will welcome you. Then approach Promise, Heartland, Stop-It, Dreamcatcher, etc. to do the same. So easy: research, get permission, teach for an hour and you have broken the chains of financial dependency that could pull people back into trafficking. Safe rescue! http://www.chicagodreamcenter.org/connect/
-Coordinate pro bono medical work for part or all of the entire Chicago movement.
Not as hard as it sounds. Let the awareness groups know to encourage people to ask their own doctors and dentists to do one patient a year pro bono and where to register that commitment for future use. Collect and organize the commitments. Consult with Stop-It, Dream Center, Heartland, Promise, Dreamcatcher, etc. on what they need. Match up their needs with the commitments. Can all be done from your computer with near zero expenses (maybe a cheap flyer for distribution by the awareness groups).
Email FSWYOH@gmail.com for guidence. Survivors often need medical attention due to violence and are broke. Collect a team or go it alone.
-Help collect and pack medical supplies and
equipment to be sent to shelters for survivors overseas.
Contact the Polaris Project for places to donate,
legal aid for survivors
-Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Social Services (also known as A.T.L.A.S.S.T.) Working directly with survivors in Chicago.
“The Legal Aid Society’s (LAS’s) Pro Bono Program allows volunteers to make equal access to justice a reality. We match volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and student interns with litigation/non-litigation opportunities based on their interests and availability. Volunteers learn new skills in an intimate setting, use their current skills to broaden resources for LAS clients and provide vital legal services to the most vulnerable individuals living in communities served by Metropolitan Family Services’ community centers.”
-A.T.L.A.A.S.T. of Metropolitan Family Services are lawyers who work with victims for free. Incredibly effective work. They need pro-bono lawyers.
-Student intern Legal opportunities
The Legal Aid Society pairs law and undergrad students with staff attorneys and paralegals.
-Dream center needs lawyers
-For Attorneys: Pro Bono Project
The CAASE Pro Bono Project connects private attorneys with local survivors of sexual assault and sex trafficking to ensure that every survivor has access to the quality legal counsel she (or he) wants and needs. Learn more here. http://caase.org/pro-bono-project lawyers
-American Bar Association Task Force on Human Trafficking Tool Kit for Bar Associations:
-Legal Aid Society Internships
Are you pursuing a career in human services? Metropolitan offers a variety of exciting internships for undergraduate and graduate students. Whether your interest is:
-This is a guide for Chicago Lawyers to get involved. It is from the Chicago Bar Assoc. Focus on Asians.
Support to the newly freed -goods
The movement desperately needs specific household items for the newly freed.
They come out of bondage with nearly nothing and the charitable organizations
are strained to supply them. The more their needs are met in the new life the
more the chains tying them to their old life are broken. Literally, supplying them breaks chains. Delivering gifts of love is an act of rescue.
This need can be met by individuals looking at the
lists of needs, collecting and delivering them or it can be met by a group who
collects the goods from multiple sources, rents a garage or storage locker
then gets the exact goods to each group that needs them.
-CAASE’s description: Host clothing and supply drives for victims of child sexual exploitation
in your community through agencies that serve them, such as The Dreamcatcher
Foundation, The Dream Center, Salvation Army’s Promise and Stop-It programs (and soon to be Moody Church’s safe house). (Please find out exactly what they need before collecting.)
-Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights needs very specific household goods listed on two sites here:
-the Chicago Dream Center: Spread the Warmth! From October-December each year, we collect donations of hats, gloves, socks, and canned goods. Start a local drive at your school, church or grocery store today!
-Safe house for trafficking victims and Non-trafficking victims needs: 12-15 passenger vehicle or shuttle bus, Minivan, Scholarships for continuing study, New roof over our farmhouse, also household-personal care items, etc.
Chicago Dream Center
-STOP-IT Wish List
There are many opportunities to sponsor individual STOP-IT clients. Currently, we have several clients who have recently moved into independent housing. If you have any items, new or gently used, that would be useful in starting a new home (furniture, bedding, kitchen supplies, towels, etc.) please contact us right away as there is an immediate need for these items for specific clients.
If you are interested in supporting the STOP-IT Program through material donations, the following items are always of great use to STOP-IT clients:
Gift Cards to help clients obtain groceries, clothing, shoes, and other concrete needs
Gift Cards to provide clients with meals during appointments
Public Transportation Passes
Pre-Paid Phone Cards (International)
Vehicles to safely transport trafficking survivors
Items may be sent to:
The Salvation Army
4800 N Marine Dr.
Gift cards – Target, Kohl’s, downtown Chicago clothing and department stores, gift cards to gasoline stations, ie: Shell, Mobile, Speedway
Tickets or gift certificates to recreational outings – museums, sporting events, theater, fine dining, etc.
Free or low-cost organized educational tours to Chicago landmarks, cultural institutions and businesses
Safe house construction and repair. Making better living conditions for survivors helps them break the mental chains that are always pulling them back. It is rescue.
-Dream center needs plumbing, roofing, painting at Humbolt Park locations.
-Dream center needs mowing and repair on their safe house farm located 3 hours away. Suggested two day event leaving Sat. morn. from home. Work Sat. Stay Sat. night at hotel. Work Sunday and come home. But whatever works best for you.
http://www.chicagodreamcenter.org/connect/ No tools or funds available. -Possibly Promise but they mentioned no current need.
-Probably Moody Women’s ministry safe house which has yet to be purchased (as of this writing). They cannot accept calls at this time. But check back in 2014 or later after house is purchased, website built, etc. Naomi’s house.
Safe house consolidation. Someone needs to get all the groups who are planning on making safe houses to meet and share resources. There are at least 4 groups each with only some funds who could unite to get another house up and running. Discuss at: email@example.com
therapy for survivors from pro bono therapists
-Dream Center http://www.chicagodreamcenter.org/connect/
Will accept psychology students.
-Possibly Promise, Heartland and Dream catcher but they didn’t mention it to us.
Foster parents for victims (some special requirements)
-New and untried idea: A church forms a team to care for a survivor. One provides housing, another provides transportation, another connects his/her with service available from the local charitable organizations, a church official provides counselling and accountability for the team, the rest pray and deliver groceries to feed survivor and encourage the one providing housing. Everyone on the team goes through the training provided by the local charitable organizations. There is a large reward offered for whoever figures out how to house and care for survivors. (sorry lost the URL for the site with the reward). Use this idea as the basis to build the replicable program and claim the reward. Discuss at firstname.lastname@example.org
DJenkins at heartlandalliance.org
Reception/office work for Anti-trafficking groups
-Office Assistant Stop-It
- See more at: http://freeslaveswithyourownhands.org/volunteer-opportunities/survivor-aid#sthash.tPry2FrW.dpuf
Rights for human trafficking victims, legalization versus criminalization issues and so much more fall under the auspices of advocacy work. If you are interested in government, law, rights, and policy it is a great way to combine those interest with service to human trafficking victims. As victims need all the help they can get in this area, this is an amazing way to get involved!
Slavery has been illegal since 1865. However, some laws on the books are still accidentally keeping people enslaved today. Changing laws effects masses of people and is a huge difference maker. There is also approaching business leaders to get them to make sure their businesses are not accidentally aiding human trafficking and getting them to teach their employees to identify victims. Then there is advocating that the media run articles. T.V., Newspapers, online entitites can reach the masses with the core issues. Publicity is a force multiplier. Human trafficking is news since the public does not know the fundamentals. Thus, the press is looking for our story as we speak. Feed it to them -even by email.
A list of Illinois officials and what to share with them: (Shared Hope)
-Lobby government (Each site brings a new tool)
Contact your legislator and urge her or him
to work toward the ratification of the
Convention of the Rights of the Child,
including the optional
Protocol on the Sale of
. Download the advocacy kit at:
-A non-Anti-Trafficking site provides us with an excellent tool to influence your government.
Catholic Relief Services:
This group knows the exact legislation to work towards.
-Suggested letters from the Evangelical Cov. Church on how to influence government
-Lobby foriegn governments
Read the Trafficking in Persons
Report issued annually by the U.S.
Department of State. Find out
which countries are offenders and
write a letter to their travel bureau
and tell them you will not visit
until they improve their efforts
around human trafficking
Publicity. Get the press to work to free slaves
-Handbook for journalists. Chicago Journalists can read this and know how to report better. No research needed.
-there is no group to coordinate a publicity campaign. However, a simple internet study of how to write and send in news releases to the outlets will show you how. Then look at our events calendar for the events to base the articles about. Asking the press to mention the name of this site will ensure that those who are moved by the articles written will find out how to do so. Remember, the press wants to hear the details of this movement. Your press release makes their job easier.
Get businesses to educate their employees
-Create coalitions of local small businesses,
chambers of commerce, better business bureaus,
and political leadership to work together to
develop solutions to the problem of sexual
exploitation of youth, such as creating training
and job programs. www.hometravelagency.com
(AATOP does this also) http://aatopchicago.blogspot.com/
- See more at: http://freeslaveswithyourownhands.org/volunteer-opportunities/advocacy#sthash.db6yjk2L.dpuf
One way to help human trafficking is to help the victims. Another is to help the organizations who are helping the victims. This can include anything from fundraising to event planning to attendence of shows to donating. Though it is not as glamourous as more direct service, it is one of the most profound ways to get involved with the fight because you can see up close and personally all the work that needs to be done behind the scenes to help victims. Furthermore, it can be a way to get involved in a more short term way before committing to something more intense. Victims of human trafficking need you, but often the best thing you can do is help the people who are already helping them get what they need done, done.
Chicago’s heroic Anti-Trafficking groups need help. They are underfunded, understaffed and anything you do multiplies their efforts. Emotional support is helpful. The work can be stressful so merely cheering up the workers can energize them to greater effectiveness. Do not be discouraged if they are slow to answer your inquiries as they are understaffed. Also, their vollunteer needs are very specific. So if what you are looking to do is not on their site then they probably won’t be able to help you do it. Just refer back to this site to find something that better suits your passions and skills. Almost every one of them needs calls or emails before you just show up at the office to inquire.
Volunteer for events with Charitable organizations
Sign up for our database to work as a volunteer at community events – registration table, coat check, literature table, etc.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation: email@example.com. http://caase.org/volunteer
-Being available to help with occasional administrative tasks such as stuffing envelopes for mailings or helping with our annual December fundraiser.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://caase.org/volunteer
Web design, graphic arts, social media marketing for a Charitable organization
-Communication, Design and Photography
Work with our communications team to promote CAASE events, help us use social media to promote news pieces and CAASE victories, help us with editing CAASE material, and be an ambassador for CAASE on Facebook and Twitter. We are sometimes in need of graphic design and photography services as well.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation: email@example.com. http://caase.org/volunteer
The Making Waves Marketing Team assists Salvation Army’s PROMISE Program in the creation of promotional videos and marketing materials: brochures and handouts. Our goal is to partner with PROMISE to help communicate to the larger general public. If you have skills or passion in this area and would like to serve on this team, please contact us. http://makingwaves.tv/strategy/
-Administrative work Traffick Free
-Volunteer management Traffick Free
-Volunteer management A.T.L.A.S.T.
This group provides legal services to survivors and needs a coordinator of volunteers.
-Non office based:
-coordinator of donated goods for recovering survivors
Survivors need clothes, household items, bus passes, personal items, etc. to get started on their new lives. The charitable organizations have to lessen outreach to provide them.
This coordinator would start from scratch. First find out what each organization needs. Second find a place to store donated items (garage, basement, self storage). Third, let the awareness groups and churches know of how people can donate, probably with a flyer that can go on display tables. Fourth, ask for transport and inventory volunteers to pick up and deliver. Fifth build a small simple website to explain what items are needed and where to deliver them. There are no funds or organization to help you do this. However, Darci at Heartland is a resource of advice and firstname.lastname@example.org will help guide you through to establish this extremely needed position. Best done with a team. So all who are interested should contact email@example.com and we will help arrange a meeting so a group of like minded individuals can make the task easier. To donate to a recovering victim is an act of rescue. It helps break the chains that are tugging them back to captivity. It is a sign to them that they are loved and helps them adjust to the harshly different reality known as freedom.
Showing up in person to see what the opportunities are with the group and talk face to face (starting to become old fashioned) with coordinators.
-volunteer needs at Traffick Free
Volunteer Director: Richelle Hennen
-Chicago Dream Center
Name: Heather Morse Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative work, other various needs
- See more at: http://freeslaveswithyourownhands.org/volunteer-opportunities/organization-aid#sthash.ZUKhjyVa.dpuf