The Task Force is committed to supporting data-informed change through methodologically sound and trauma-informed practices within the anti-trafficking movement.
One of the most critical identified needs of human trafficking victims and survivors in Louisiana is housing and shelter.
The Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force (GNOHTTF), in collaboration with the Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking (LCAHT) aims to create an in-depth victim/survivor shelter directory to aid in the process of identifying services for people who have experienced trafficking. These results will help partners throughout the state triage potential clients to the correct facility based on their needs. If you or your organization provide housing and are willing to serve trafficking victims, please participate in this survey. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. You can help us as we conduct a community resource inventory and create this Trafficking Survivor Housing Directory. If your organization provides housing to trafficking victims in the Greater New Orleans region, you qualify to participate in this project. The goals of this survey are to:
- Conduct a community resource inventory to determine which organizations are providing which services in our community;
- Create an in-depth housing directory that will provide case managers and survivors a detailed explanation of services provided, requirements, and demographics served;
- Identify gaps in the housing/shelter sector in our region by collecting data, and determine pathways to fill those service gaps.
Any housing provider willing to take trafficking victims (including shelters with a focus on a parallel population such as domestic violence or homelessness, OR shelters who have never knowingly served this population before but are willing to in the future) are welcome to take part in this survey.
- According the Polaris Project, 25,696 trafficking cases have been reported in all 50 states through the NHTRC and BeFree Textline since December 2007*
- In 2015, DHS reported opening 1,034 investigations possibly involving human trafficking, an increase from 987 in 2014. DOJ initiated a total of 257 federal human trafficking prosecutions in 2015, charging 377 defendants. In 2015, DOJ secured convictions against 297 traffickers, compared with 184 convictions obtained in 2014.
- The National Human Trafficking Hotline identified 2,978 cases of human trafficking in Louisiana alone since 2007. An additional 3,719 cases were coded as “moderate,” suggesting that these cases contained several elements of human trafficking but lacked thorough evidence of force, fraud, or coercion.
*Please note that this number reflects the incidences of potential trafficking cases or official cases that were reported through those hotlines- this is not a prevalence estimate.
Many people ask "how many people are experiencing conditions of trafficking?"
While this is an important question to attempt to answer, it is an extremely difficult question to answer. Human trafficking is a hidden crime, meaning a crime that happens in the black market or "behind closed doors" because it is an illicit trade. In addition, people who have experienced conditions of trafficking often do not come forward because of a variety of factors. As such, it is extremely difficult to determine how many trafficking victims there are in the world, or in the United States. It is important to be cautious when using statistics related to prevalence of trafficking because there is so little methodologically sound data to answer that question.