Community TOOLKIT RESOURCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS
Throughout the Engage Together® Community Toolkit many resources are referenced to help your coalition or group form ideas on how your community can mobilize to protect the vulnerable and end human trafficking.
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TOOLKIT SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS & RESOURCES
The Engage Together® Community Toolkit has several supplemental resources available to help your coalition or group in their efforts. These include the following:
- Community Assessment Overview & Research Guide
- Community Assessment Chart
- Community Assessment Chart - Long Form
- Freedom Strategy
All of the links and resources in the list below directly correlate to the Ideas for Engagement listed by category in the Engage Together® Community Toolkit (Version 2.0). In the Toolkit you will see footnotes throughout the bulleted lists of ideas - each footnote has a corresponding number on this page. You will also find additional links and resources at the end of each section that are not assigned to any of the footnotes. If you have Version 1.0 (purchased prior to fall 2016) these footnotes will not correspond directly with your Toolkit - you can order a new version here.
**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Prevention Section of the Community Toolkit.**
1. Search for human trafficking cases in your area (click on the link and use the right hand column to filter by topic and location).
2. View NHTRC Hotline Statistics for your state.
3. Learn more about Human Trafficking (sex trafficking and labor trafficking), how to recognize signs, existing laws, and additional resources.
4. Department of Homeland Security through the Blue Campaign offers posters, cards, and information sheets to share. The Administration for Children and Families offers multiple resources and training materials for communities and service providers. The Office of Refugee Resettlement offers posters and brochures for free download to share.
5. Learn about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
6. Explore the resources offered by NCMEC. Review and share publications to learn about child safety and prevention of child exploitation.
7. Partner with existing Task Forces or Coalitions in your community.
8. Service organizations and civic leagues can engage and mobilize communities to end human trafficking. Some examples include:
9. Collaborate with schools and communities to bring events that provide awareness and highlight the work of local organizations. Coordinating a film screening with an accompanying panel of experts can inform your community about the issue.
10. There are many types of feature films and documentaries about human trafficking and exploitation both nationally and globally. Be sure to review a film in its entirety before sharing with your congregation or others as content varies between films.
11. NEST is an online warehouse of human trafficking awareness education. You can read through the curriculum chart to learn about each resource. You can also research K-6 resources. The iEmpathize Empower Youth Program engages teens in navigating their own vulnerabilities in order to stay safe and successful. The Department of Education has created a guide for identifying, reporting, and preventing human trafficking in schools.
12. Explore available school assemblies on the NEST resources chart.
13. Explore the NetSmartz Workshop for interactive resources for parents & guardians, educators, law enforcement, teens, tweens, and kids.
14. Use the Slavery Footprint tool to calculate how your purchases impact human trafficking. Learn how you can make a difference with your purchases by understanding responsible consumerism.
15. The Irina Project at UNC highlights the importance of providing responsible and accurate media coverage of sex trafficking.
16. Learn vulnerability factors for human trafficking.
17. A service directory lists local, state, and national service providers to assist vulnerable populations, survivors, and families. To review an example, view the Kansas Attorney General’s “Helping Crime Victims: A Guide to Victims’ Assistance Services in Kansas”.
18. 2-1-1 is a free national hotline operated by United Way that connects callers to organizations and services in their area.
19. Poverty is a vulnerability factor for human trafficking worldwide. The Los Angeles Dream Center provides access to services and resources to those in need.
20. Homeless youth are extremely vulnerable to human trafficking. Covenant House serves homeless youth and provides a study and assessment tool about the connection between teen homelessness and human trafficking.
21. Runaway youth often lack even the most basic resources such as food, shelter, and transportation, leaving them vulnerable to traffickers who would take advantage of their situation. National organizations (Stand Up for Kids) and local organizations (Seton Youth Shelters) seek to provide a safe and protective environment for homeless and runaway youth
22. World Relief partners with local churches to help refugees replant their lives in a new culture, empowers survivors of human trafficking, and serves immigrants with helpful legal services.
23. Mentors not only provide safe and trusting relationships for youth in vulnerable situations, they can also provide inspiration and encouragement during a youth’s formative years. Big Brothers Big Sisters is one organization that helps children and youth develop supportive relationships with positive role models.
24. There are many factors that make children and youth in foster care a high risk of becoming human trafficking victims. For example, these children and youth often have fractured safety nets and are more likely to run away. Court Appointed Special Advocates are individuals who are appointed to children and youth in a state’s child welfare system to advocate for the best interest of the child as the child’s representative. A CASA has a unique role, because he or she represents the child, and not the state or the parent. Community members can serve as a CASA to give a voice to these children.
25. Search the National Foster Care & Adoption Directory to find agencies and resources near you, and discover how you can provide a loving and safe temporary home for a child in need.
26. Adopt US Kids is a project of the US Children’s Bureau that provides tools and assistance to help child welfare systems connect children in foster care with families across the US. I Care About Orphans serves to mobilize faith based communities and local foster care agencies to get children adopted out of foster care.
27. Youth who age out of foster care without an adoptive family or support system are in need of many ongoing wrap around services. Community members can partner with organizations like New Vision Youth Services to provide support to these youth.
28. Providing short term wrap around support to a child and family in crisis can prevent them from falling into more vulnerable situations, becoming part of the child welfare system, and/or being exploited. Safe Families links community organizations to families in need of short term care.
29. Explore the connections between pornography and human trafficking at Stop Trafficking Demand.
30. Learn how communities can counter adult businesses and trafficking often associated with them.
31. Learn how criminal street gangs are involved with trafficking across the United States. Watch the online training by the NHTRC about gangs and sex trafficking. Order the Chosen documentary about gangs and domestic minor sex trafficking in America.
32. Communities can launch websites, billboards, and media campaigns to highlight the connections between trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation. Explore how She’s Somebody’s Daughter used media in this way.
33. CAASE has created and implemented a curriculum specifically designed to educate young men about the harms of prostitution and to enlist them as allies in the movement to end violence against women and girls.
34. The purpose of Fathers Against Child Exploitation (FACE) is to create a generational shift that empowers men of all ages to stand up and protect those most affected by Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
35. Fatherhood.gov serves to encourage and strengthen fathers and families with resources and research.
36. Media can be a powerful tool for mobilizing communities. iEmpathize creates media pieces and documentaries that inspire others to get involved. The Irina Project highlights the importance of responsible and accurate reporting about sex trafficking, including proper terminology, statistics, and the inclusion of survivor voices.
37. Become educated about the laws addressing the perpetrators of these crimes, and inform the efforts of your government representatives at your local, state, and federal levels. Explore the Shared Hope State Report Cards and Polaris Project learn more.
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**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Identification Section of the Community Toolkit.**
1. A list of those that may need training include: law enforcement, social workers, transit employees, medical professionals, truck drivers, juvenile intake officers, teachers, those who regularly make house calls, such as telephone and cable company providers, and even bank tellers, among others.
- The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center provides information on recognizing human trafficking victims, how to protect victims, and how to initiate human trafficking investigations.
- Transit employees are in a unique position to be the eyes and ears of their communities. The California Transit Association partnered with a county transit association to promote awareness and prevention about human trafficking. The city of Houston has created a taxi industry initiative toolkit to help drivers identify human trafficking in their cabs.
- Truckers Against Trafficking exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.
- School personnel are in contact with students every day. Everyone who is part of the school community—administrators, teachers, bus drivers, maintenance personnel, food service staff, resource officers, and other school community members—has the potential to be an advocate for child victims of human trafficking, but, first, school community members must learn the indicators of the crime, its warning signs, and how to respond when a student is an apparent victim. The Department of Education has created a guide to equip school personnel to identify and respond to human trafficking.
- Learn how Western Union was able to work with federal law enforcement to train their employees to identify and recognize indicators of human trafficking, as well as how to report suspected cases of human trafficking.
There are many existing resources for the medical community, a few include:
There are many existing resources for the social services community, a few include:
Administration for Children and Families Human Trafficking Resource Guide for Social Service Providers
Administration for Children, Youth and Families Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Guide for Child Welfare
Social Work Practitioners and the Identification of Human Trafficking Victims
Human Rights Project for Girls Child Welfare and Domestic Child Sex Trafficking
2. Providing information about the issue of human trafficking and its local impact to all coalition members is important. The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force provides an online library of accessible information for their members and community.
3. Make reporting information readily available to those in the community by asking to post National Human Trafficking Resource Center information, such as: Flyers, Outreach Materials, and the NHTRC Hotline 1-888-373-7888 as well as your Coalition’s contact information in public places including businesses, rest stops, airports, and public restrooms.
Identification Additional Resources
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**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Rescue Section of the Community Toolkit.**
3. Out of Darkness provides immediate temporary shelter, medical care, and support to women upon rescue.
4. Explore what options are available for the immediate placement of recued minors in your area, and learn more about the Wichita Children's Home emergency shelter.
5. Some domestic violence shelters, such as The Willow Domestic Violence Center, are specially trained to address the immediate needs of human trafficking victims
6. The caseloads and reach of government and service organizations often overlap in communities. Creating a multidisciplinary team to review cases and coordinate services can lead to better outcomes for survivors and better efficiency for community organizations.
7. Mentors often have special relationships with children and youth that allow them to identify problems before other caring adults may be able to. Educate existing mentoring groups such as: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of America, CASA, and the YMCA on how to identify and advocate for the children they work with already.
8. Facilitate a civilian victim advocates program (such as the one created by Virginia Beach Justice Initiative) specific to the needs of survivors in your community, whether they are minors or adults, citizens or foreign national victims.
Rescue Additional Resources
Health and Human Services Rescue and Restore Campaign
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
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**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Restoration Section of the Community Toolkit.**
1. First Aid Arts uses arts-based interventions to help survivors of trauma begin the process of recovering from experiences like abuse and violence.
2. The Beauty for Ashes Scholarship at Point Loma Nazarene University provides funding for survivors education.
3. By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health, and spiritual support, New Friends New Life helps women and their children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty, and limited opportunities. Two Wings, empowers survivors of sex trafficking to identify and pursue their dream vocation through mentoring programs, life skills classes and career training workshops, creating the path for a life. Alive At Last participants provides benefit from educational and job assistance programs such as test preparation, resume creation, and practice interviews. The foster connections with business partners in the community to allow women to reenter the workforce in safe settings, and individual business mentoring giving survivors the extra support needed.
4. Strategic job apprenticeship programs and vocational programs can provide practical, on the job training for survivors. The Homestead is a post-aftercare program that provides job apprentices and other reintegration programs.
Restoration Additional Resources
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**These resources correspond with the footnotes found in the Reforms Section of the Community Toolkit.**
1. Understanding the laws regarding human trafficking in your state and community leads to more effective advocacy and reform. Explore Shared Hope State Report Cards for your state and surrounding states.
2. Many federal laws that address human trafficking have local implications, including: reporting, prosecution, and victim advocacy. Polaris Project lists and explains current national laws.
3. The American Bar Association Human Trafficking Task Force, Human Trafficking Legal Access Center, and the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center provide trainings and resources for attorneys.
4. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges provides trainings, resources, and research on the issue of human trafficking.
5. CATCH Court provides an innovative solution to some of the legal challenges faced by human trafficking survivors.
6. Often, adult trafficking victims are brought to criminal or civil court for other issues before they are properly identified. Partnership between RestoreNYC and local courts has greatly increased the number of victims being identified from within the court system itself. For minors, the Succeed Through Achievement and Resilience (STAR) Court provides intervention and assistance to youth in need who appear in California Courts on prostitution charges or in other perilous circumstances.
7. Teen courts are an alternative to juvenile court and allow their case to be heard by a jury of their peers for sentencing. California has incorporated this youth-focused and youth-driven court through their Peer/Youth Courts.
8. Find your state representative.
9. Find your state senator.
10. Discover whether an anti-trafficking advisory group exists for your local or national government leaders, and ask that a representative of your Coalition participate.
11. See how organizations in Atlanta partner together to host an annual Lobby Day to educate state law makes about these issues.
12. The National Criminal Justice Research Service provides an up-to-date list of many government publications related to law enforcement, policy development, and other anti-trafficking government initiatives. Coalitions can add this resource and similar existing lists to their resource library to share with coalition members or share them specifically with sub-groups of law enforcement or policy makers.
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