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Resources: 4.4 Comprehensive Victim Services

Translation and Language Assistance

  • Culture Grams "Culture Grams" are concise reports that describe a country's peoples, customs, lifestyle, and society. Service providers working directly with victims of human trafficking have described these as helpful resources when working with an individual of whom they know very little culturally in order to provide them with better and more appropriate services. A subscription is required to receive this resource.
  • Working With Interpreters Outside of the Courtroom: A Guide for Legal Services Providers Created by Ayuda, an organization that works directly with victims, this resource provides tips and direction for legal service advocates working with interpreters.
  • Providing Language Access in Courts: Working Together to Ensure Justice This one pager includes successful DOJ and ourt outcomes, National Center for Access to Justice Index, ABA standards for language access in courts, and more.

Safe Housing Options

Reports and Studies

Tool for Providers

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program: Family Unification Program The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created a new program for youth aging out of foster care; this is a priority for HUD and is in its strategic plan through 2018. This program allows youth who are leaving foster care and could become homeless to receive housing vouchers and wraparound services for 18 months. There are demonstration sites now looking at expanding support for up to 5 years.
  • Establishing a Shelter Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking This is a PowerPoint Web presentation created by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. The seminar details needs assessment and project conceptualization.
  • Transitional Housing Toolkit (2006) This toolkit is designed for service providing organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, encompassing the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland, that seek to create transitional housing units (THU). For the purpose of this toolkit, THUs are defined as housing units that provide the option of long-term stay. Project Hope International created this toolkit to help reduce the existing knowledge deficit regarding housing services, thereby supporting organizations that are working to fill the gap. The information in this toolkit is a product of a needs assessment of social service providers, policymakers, and academics in the anti-trafficking field.
  • Online DV Shelter Finder: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence An online directory to easily find a nearby DV shelter.
  • An Effective Model of Case Management Collaboration for Victims of Human Trafficking This article discusses how My Sisters' Place included services to victims of trafficking within its domestic violence program and the potential for integrating services to victims of trafficking within other established case management programs.

Mental Health Needs

Reports and Studies

Tools for Providers

Medical Health Needs

Reports and Studies

Tools for Providers

  • Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: A Guide for the Health Care Sector: This practical guide came out of a research study.
  • Modern-Day Slavery in America: Recognizing & Responding to Human Trafficking in a Health Care Context This 37-minute PowerPoint presentation on human trafficking in the health care context was developed by Polaris and was made possible in part through a grant from HHS/ORR. It is also listed on the landing page of Polaris' Resources. The topics include understanding trafficking and potential health impacts for victims.
  • Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope With Trauma: A Guide for Pediatricians The purpose of this guide is to support foster and adoptive families by strengthening the abilities of pediatricians to identify traumatized children, educate families about toxic stress and the possible biological, behavioral, and social manifestations of early childhood trauma, and empower families to respond to their child’s behavior in a manner that acknowledges past trauma but promotes the learning of new, more adaptive reactions to stress.
  • Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health Providers (2009) Published by the International Organization for Migration, this document aims to provide practical, nonclinical guidance to health care providers working with victims of human trafficking. This is a tool for health care providers unfamiliar with the topic who wish to further research how they can best serve victims of human trafficking.
  • HHS Toolkits for Health Care Providers Published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, these toolkits provide background information and guidance for health care practitioners in identifying and communicating with victims of human trafficking.
  • DHS Victim Identification Pamphlet for Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Health Professionals This pamphlet provides information for law enforcement, first responders, and health care professionals on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, how to report suspected trafficking, and how they can collaborate with experts in their area. Available in English for free download on the Department of Homeland Security Web site.
  • Health Professional, Education, Advocacy & Linkage HEAL Trafficking brings together physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists, counselors, public health workers, health educators, researchers, clinical social workers, administrators, and other health professionals who work with and advocate for survivors of human trafficking. The HEAL Trafficking Web site serves as a centralized place to share resources and publications. They also manage the Human Trafficking and Health Care Listserv.
  • National Immigration Law Center - Health Care for Immigrants NILC provides various resources for accessing health coverage for immigrants. It includes a Medical Assistance Program table, which describes state policies for providing health coverage to certain immigrants, under federal options to cover lawfully residing children and pregnant women, regardless of their date of entry into the United States, or to provide prenatal care to women regardless of status, using Children's Health Insurance Program funds. It also describes immigrant coverage under programs using exclusively state funds.