Victim & Survivor Services
Survivors of human trafficking may or may not want to access services. Each survivor has a different experience and should be empowered to receive services only if they choose to, and when they feel it is the best time for them.
If an individual chooses to participate in available services, it is critical that the provider they are working with is victim-centered and trauma-informed.
Utilizing a victim-centered approach means ensuring the needs of a victim are the provider's priority and that services are rendered in an inclusive manner that limits retraumatization.
A trauma-informed lens in human trafficking victim services refers to recognizing the role of trauma in each individual's experience and creating an appropriate response when providing services.
Because each victimization experience is different, the way in which a survivor engages in services will be unique to their needs and wants.
Although services may be accessed differently by each person and in a variety of ways, we can categorize potential needs/wants into five categories. Hover over each box to learn more.
This can include food, shelter, medical attention, clothing, sleep, transportation, hygiene items, and more.
Examples include phone access, transitional housing, legal representation, financial assistance, immigration relief, and any other services an individual needs to feel safer.
Support can be accessed through mental health services, survivor groups, substance treatment, culturally-specific assistance, etc.
Long term needs may include employment services, job training, resume assistance, language classes, and life-skills classes.
Every survivor should be empowered to make decisions throughout their services experience and work toward their own definition of success.