Human Trafficking and Abuse
The general public is largely in the dark about Human Trafficking in North Carolina. Consequently, there are also scant resources and little education arming families against this growing threat in our community.
On January 15th, Chief Justice Beasely, was joined by Attorney General Josh Stein and other federal, state, and local law enforcement, and government leaders to declare January 2020 as Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month. It was clear that although great progress has been made in North Carolina to combat this crime, as a state we remain in the top ten for reported incidents of Human Trafficking with Cumberland, Mecklenburg, and Wake leading amongst the State’s counties.
Jennifer Haigwood, chair of the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission cited the importance of raising public awareness not only as a means to identify victims and traffickers, but also to prevent this crime from happening.
As a community, we have a responsibility to not just talk about what needs to be done, but to do it! This is how the CPN will work to be part of the solution.
- Educate the public about human trafficking in Wake County and the Triangle Region.
- Increase informed and supportive community services for aftercare.
- Recruit community resources.
Roundtable Projects Underway:
- Develop a collaborative presentation for speaking engagements to raise awareness about human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault: what we should be most concerned about, the signs, why we have to report suspect activity, and how the community can stand in the gap.
- Establish a team of volunteers that can participate in community awareness events including the development of a collaborative presentation and opportunities to meet the service providers.
- Help service providers develop volunteer projects and a resource procurement process.
Needs for Foreign-born Survivors
- Legal Services – Immigration Relief
- Access to Interpreters
- Culturally-appropriate services
- Bilingual/bicultural case management and medical/mental health professionals
Emergency Needs – Extraction Phase
- Safe Space Emergency Shelter
- Transitional housing, food, clothing, and basic needs
- Intensive case management
- Medical and dental care
- Mental health assessment and counseling
- Substance abuse treatment
- Legal services – identification, legal advocacy
- Assistance with social services (SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, etc.)
- Affordable housing
- Education and job skills training
- Financial literacy
- Literacy/GED classes
- ESL classes
- Employment assistance/Life skills training
- Culturally Appropriate Support/Equitable Access to Services
- Family Services/Healthy Relationship Building
- Reunification assistance
- Grocery/Food Security/ Supplies for young children’s needs
- Mental health counseling for adults and children – Bilingual Services
- Primary and dental medical care – Bilingual Services
- Vision care services
- GYN services for uninsured
- Tattoo removal
- Support groups/Mentoring/Peer Support
- Legal services – Civil litigation, criminal restitution, expunction, name change
- Driving School
- Respect, Empowerment, Dignity
- Gift cards for places like Walmart where clients can get groceries or medical prescriptions.
- Money or gift cards to go towards prescriptions
- Drawstring bags for labor outreach
- Bus Tickets
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you, or your organization, would like to help equip the service providers doing the tough work around human trafficking with the resources they need! We will make sure you get connected!
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The Human Trafficking and Abuse Roundtable met at the Department of Administration in Raleigh, NC to discuss initiatives and make plans for 2020.
Project Priorities – 5/23/2019
- Recruit speakers and resources for an educational event to raise awareness and rally support in the private and faith sectors. Event is CONFIRMED for August 29, 2019 at Crossroads Fellowship Church.
- Market and plan the event.
Project Priorities – 3/28/2019
- Identify speakers/resources: congregations, civic organizations, community events, and volunteers for testimonies.
- Identify resources for aftercare – trauma, basic needs supplies such as food, clothing, financial support, etc.
- Eckerd Connects
- Fiesta Cristiana
- We Stand Guard
- NC DOA, Council of Women and Youth Involvement, Human Trafficking
- Shield NC
- Durham Crisis and Response Center
- The Women’s Center
- UNC’s School of Social Work, Project No Rest
- Salvation Army’s, Project Fight
- S.A.F.E of Rocky Mount
- NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NC CASA)
- Transformation Exchange, LLC
- Johnston County Public Schools