The Task Force utilizes a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach that aims to serve and lift up survivors & survivor leaders in the community.
SERVICES FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS & SURVIVORS
The Task Force includes funded social service providers who have programs and services specifically for victims/survivors of trafficking. Through the grant's funded partners, victims/survivors are able to access a variety of services, including:
- 24-hour crisis/emergency response
- ongoing case management
- housing and shelter- emergency and long term
- protection and safety planning
- immigration services
- legal services
- educational and vocational training
- medical & dental services
- counseling & mental health services
- criminal justice advocacy
Any person who has experienced trafficking is able to access these services, regardless of: immigration status, race, gender, age, when/where the trafficking situation occurred, etc. Children accompanying victims/survivors of trafficking are also eligible for these services.
To access these services, victims/survivors can either:
- be referred to a Task Force funded service provider (Covenant House New Orleans *lead funded partner*, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Eden House, New Orleans Family Justice Center) by law enforcement, legal service providers, or social service providers; or
- contact the Task Force directly for a referral to the correct service provider for the individual's needs.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SURVIVORS & SURVIVOR LEADERS
These networks, leadership opportunities, and organizations are specifically for survivors/survivor leaders:
- National Survivor Network: leadership development, community building, and resources
- GEMS: leadership institute, resources, and support network for female survivors/survivor leaders
- Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC): resources for victims/survivors of trafficking
- GNOHTTF Survivor Advisory Board: Survivors/survivor leaders living in the Greater New Orleans region are welcome to join the Task Force's Survivor Advisory Board to give feedback on the Task Force and its member organizations, and to help guide the Task Force's work to better serve victims and survivors. For more information about joining the Survivor Advisory Board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
REPRESENTATION OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS/SURVIVORS
The media often represents survivors of human trafficking as powerless, scared, and helpless. The Task Forces aims to combat this narrative by creating a safe space that empowers survivors/survivor leaders to present their own narratives in an authentic way. We recognize the diversity of victim and survivor experiences.