Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Trafficking Survivors

Trafficking Survivors

Call the Anti-Trafficking Program at 718.943.8652 if you or someone you know may be a trafficking victim.

Are you in a trafficking situation or are you working with someone that has been trafficked?

Please call Safe Horizon's Anti-Trafficking Program number at 718.943.8652. If you are calling during the evening or weekend, you may call our 24-hour Hotline at 800.621.HOPE (4673) or call the National Trafficking Resource Center at 888.373.7888.

Human trafficking, or "modern-day slavery," affects nearly 2 million people worldwide each year. Victims of trafficking are forced through physical violence or threats to work in slave-like conditions (labor trafficking) or engage in sex acts (sex trafficking, commercial sex trafficking). Many victims are afraid to take action because they believe they or someone they love will be harmed or in some cases deported.

Trafficking can happen to people of many different backgrounds, including men and women, boys and girls, people of all sexual orientations or gender identities, and people who are born in the United States, or in many countries around the world.

Working with Trafficked Youth

The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act identifies a trafficked minor as any person who is under the age of 18 years old and coerced, defrauded, or forced to work while a third party benefits from his/her labor. The law also defines a trafficked person as anyone who is under the age of 18 and participating in the commercial sex trade.

If you would like to refer a young person, discuss a case, or host a training session, please contact Equal Justice Works Fellow Marissa Ram, Esq, at 718.238.7728 or email

Know Your Rights!

Many people in abusive work situations don’t seek help because they are afraid they lack a valid visa to the United States.

All people that work in the United States – regardless of immigration status – have the right to:
  • Be treated and paid fairly;
  • A safe and healthy workplace;
  • Not be held in a job against their will;
  • Keep their passport and other identification documents in their possession;
  • Report abuse without retaliation;
  • Be free from discrimination and harassment of any kind;
  • Leave an abusive employment situation;
  • Request help from unions, immigrant and labor rights groups, and other groups; and
  • Seek justice in U.S. courts.
It is also important to remember that there are many ways you can protect yourself. You know best what is safe for you. 
You may want to consider the following strategies:
  • Keep your passport in a safe, easily accessible place;
  • Keep copies of your passport, visa, and employment contract in your home country with relatives or friends;
  • Keep the phone number of your home country’s embassy on hand; and
  • Keep a record of all the days and hours that you work, and the amount and date of each payment that you receive.

Seeking Training, Education, or Consultation Support?

For technical assistance, program information and general inquires contact: 

To request a training or presentation or to learn how you can get involved in fighting human trafficking contact: 

For a case consultation or to speak to someone about a situation of human trafficking contact: