Human Trafficking Program
Our Human Trafficking Program provides access to crisis counseling, housing assistance, physical and mental health care, legal and immigration assistance, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and vocational skills training, and translation and interpretation services. Our goal is to provide individualized case management support to help our clients move from crisis to stability and beyond.
Training for Service Providers
Additionally, we train mainstream social service providers, community-based service providers, and community-based groups on human trafficking prevention and awareness.
Tapestri has worked with over 100 foreign-born trafficking survivors since 2004, often in partnership with the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.
Our Service Area
Tapestri provides services to human trafficking survivors in all of Region 4 of the U.S. Administration for Children & Families, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Within this region, we perform the following services:
- comprehensive case management to human trafficking survivors and family derivatives through the partnership between Tapestri and Region 4 service providers; and
- training and technical assistance to other Region 4 service providers.
Help Beyond Our Area
There are other organizations available outside the boundaries of ACF Region 4 which provide assistance to human trafficking survivors, including
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) – provides comprehensive case management services in ACF Regions 1, 2, 5 and 7-10. 1-800-307-4712
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, DC) – provides comprehensive case management services in ACF Regions 3 and 6 and subcontract with service providers in 12 other states in Regions 1, 2, 4, 5 and 9. 1-855-708-3089
To view the detailed ACF map by region, please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Administration for Children & Families and click on “region.”
What is Human Trafficking?
Facts About Human Trafficking:
Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world and a billion-dollar industry that victimizes millions of people. It is not only an overseas problem - the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that nearly 20,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. every year.
Human trafficking is defined by U.S. law as the recruitment, abduction, transport, harboring, transfer, sale, or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation. Anyone can be a potential victim of human trafficking. In the U.S., trafficked individuals come from all over the world, especially from economically depressed countries. In addition, 80% of those victims are female, and 50% of those are minors.
Forms of Human Trafficking
- Sexual exploitation (prostitution, pornography, sex tourism)
- Domestic servitude (housekeeper, nanny, servant)
- Servile marriage (servant)
- Labor exploitation (employment visas, sweatshops, restaurants, agricultural work, etc.)
Traffickers use psychological coercion and severe physical abuse to control their victims, causing the victims to live in a constant state of fear and dependence. Threats of anti-immigrant laws are also powerful tools used at the hands of traffickers, making the immigrant and refugee communities more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.