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CLIENT SERVICES

Identifying and serving foreign national survivors of sex trafficking

The goal of our client services is to identify and serve more foreign national survivors of sex trafficking.

An estimated 18,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the US annually, but only a small percentage of victims are identified, leaving thousands hidden and exploited.

We refuse to leave women who are trafficked behind.

Therefore, we actively seek to identify trafficking victims through our partnerships with the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts, federal and local law enforcement, and other nonprofit and community organizations.

An estimated 18,000 foreign nationals are trafficked into the US annually, but only a small percentage of victims are identified, leaving thousands hidden and exploited.

Our team specializes in identification, and we meet with hundreds of women each year who are at risk for sex trafficking and have not yet been identified. We conduct culturally sensitive, trauma-informed assessments attending to specific trafficking industry indicators to determine whether a woman meets criteria for being a survivor of trafficking.

Restore NYC is one of the primary nonprofits that provides counseling and advocacy through the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts and these services include education to clients about their legal rights, trafficking, and community resources. We also work with local and federal law enforcement to provide crisis response services. Restore provides case management to select survivors in our Safehome and Economic Empowerment programs.

As a result of our efforts, the number of women who have come forward as trafficking survivors has grown and continues to grow. Through partnerships with law enforcement, community groups, and churches, we identify and connect survivors of sex trafficking to a range of resources, including our Safehome program and Economic Empowerment program.

Red flags

A woman in a trafficking situation may have indicators such as:

Is engaged in sexual activity with strangers for money or something of value

Experiences routine violence at the workplace

Overwhelming debt owed

Restriction, control, or monitoring of movement

Constant travel to unknown locations or cities out of state

Threats of deportation or harm to family members

Fear of boss, manager, or other employee at work

Job and payment different than promised during recruitment

Works extremely long or unusual hours

Living at workplace