If you or someone you know is interested in counseling for past or current situations involving trafficking, please reach out to our dedicated Mental Health Clinician at 518.418.6910 or [email protected]

To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
1-888-373-7888
or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)

Obtenga ayuda de la Línea Directa Nacional de Trata de Personas:
1-888-373-7888
o enviando un mensaje de texto con HELP o INFO a BeFree (233733)

YWCA NorthEastern NY Human Trafficking Support Program

This program is a free, gender-inclusive counseling program for survivors of all ages who have experienced sex and/or labor trafficking.

Our Human Trafficking Counselor is a Licensed Mental Health Provider who offers a safe, supportive, and confidential space for survivors of sex and/or labor trafficking as they process and heal from their experiences.

Services Offered:

  • Safety planning
  • Referrals to community agencies
    • Case management
    • Legal assistance
    • Medical assistance
    • Substance use assistancE
  • Art therapy
  • Referrals to YWCA programs
    • Housing
    • Safe shelter
    • Economic counseling
  • Education and outreach on human trafficking
  • Any other avenues of assistance clients may need
What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use the following methods to lure victims into trafficking situations:

  • Violence
  • Manipulation
  • False promises of well-paying jobs
  • Romantic relationships

Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime.

Traffickers look for people who are easy targets for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability.

 

Human Trafficking Power and Control Wheel

Wear Blue Day
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized yearly on January 11th. On this day, YWCA wears blue to help raise awareness of human trafficking and continue our pledge of solidarity with trafficking victims.
Human trafficking can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Spreading awareness is the first step toward ending human trafficking.

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