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.
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.
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.
“50% of the women we had the opportunity to identify met criteria for trafficking or red flags for trafficking.”
– DR. AMANDA ECKHARDT, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
On average, it takes four 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.
“100% of trafficked women we serve are undocumented or have temporary immigration status.”
— DR. AMANDA ECKHARDT, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS