THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017
IMPACT THROUGH IDENTIFICATION [3 of 3]
In 2016, we served a total of 321 women. Of the women we had the opportunity to identify, 50% met criteria for trafficking or red flags for trafficking. Identification is extremely difficult, therefore we prioritize training our staff in innovative identification techniques, including Restore’s ‘CTI’ Model.
Because of focused trainings to improve identification rates, we directly identified 6x more women in 2016 as meeting the TVPA criteria for “a severe victim of trafficking” than we did in 2015.
50% of the women we had the opportunity to identify met criteria for trafficking or red flags for trafficking
For women who were identified as trafficked, 100% are undocumented or have a temporary immigration status (i.e. travel, student, or business visa). In contrast, for clients who are foreign born but have green cards or U.S. Citizenship, none met the criteria for trafficking. We believe that foreign national status is one of many risks for trafficking for foreign born women.
The following data represents the survivors we identified in 2016:
Additionally, 8 different industries were represented in trafficking identification cases at Restore last year. These industries include massage parlors, street prostitution, hotel services, brothels, nightclubs, escorts, forced marriage, and domestic servitude.
100% of trafficked women we serve are undocumented or have temporary immigration status
On average, it takes 4 sessions for our counselors to identify a woman as trafficked. During these sessions, we are developing trust and educating about her rights and red flags for trafficking.
2016 was a critical year for Restore as we improved our identification techniques and identified more women. Last year, we experienced a 188% increase in self-referrals, or women reaching out directly to Restore for help. We are grateful that more women are learning and sharing about Restore so that more survivors can be identified.
Identification is truly where our work begins, and we believe that through accurate identification, more women will experience restoration and freedom.