Advocacy & Action Resources Handout (pdf)

  1. Get educated: For information, research, publications, and anti-trafficking efforts, visit the websites listed below.
  2. Find out about local community efforts: Join the Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition. By joining, you can have access to information on local anti-trafficking events and trainings and be part of improving the anti-trafficking strategy in Illinois. Email dhs.ilrescueandrestore@illinois.gov to find out how. You can also call the 24 Hour National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 to find out about anti-trafficking organizations and efforts in your area.
  3. Meet with local organizations: Meet with organizations that work with youth, families, and vulnerable or at-risk populations to support education efforts on human trafficking. Find out what they are doing to stop human trafficking and how they are assisting victims. Refer them to the Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition to access other resources and training for staff.
  4. Develop a community education campaign: Find out what is happening locally and how human trafficking is affecting your community. Develop a community education campaign. You can write letters to the editor of a paper, feed stories to the press, and raise money for billboards all while educating the community and doing outreach to victims. You can advertise the 24-hour hotline number 1.888.373.888 through these methods too.
  5. Create a community roundtable or action group: If no local efforts exist in your community, organize a community discussion and action group on the issue of human trafficking. Invite survivors, professionals who work with children, interested community members, community leaders, etc.
  6. State Legislation and Local Government: Meet with local elected officials to find out what they are doing on this issue and what steps are being taken to prosecute trafficking networks.

Illinois Resources and Organizations

Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition

www.dhs.state.il.us/rescueandrestore

The Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition is comprised of over 100 member organizations from law enforcement, social services, health care professionals, and faith communities. The coalition seeks to improve the anti-trafficking strategy in Illinois by building the capacity of grassroots organizations through education and training in order to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking, identify victims, and restore their lives. We can also provide you with outreach materials for victims, as well as public awareness materials such as posters and brochures. To learn more about upcoming trainings, how to join the coalition, and/or other ways you can help, please email dhs.ilrescueandrestore@illinois.gov.

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

www.caase.org

CAASE's law project, The Justice Project Against Sexual Harm, provides low or no cost legal services to sexual assault survivors, including survivors of prostitution. CAASE engages in policy and legislation reform to increase services to victims and increase penalties to traffickers and customers. CAASE also engages in cutting-edge awareness-raising work aimed at preventing high-school-aged boys from becoming customers of the sex trade. CAASE created the country's first educational curriculum to address issues of masculinity and the pressures experienced by young men to support and engage in sexual exploitation. Visit the website to view an in-depth activist guide and toolkit for Faith Communities.

End Demand Illinois (EDI)

enddemandillinois.org

The End Demand, IL campaign is a multi-year organizing and advocacy effort to transform Illinois' response to prostitution and sex trafficking, advocate for the creation of tools and resources for law enforcement to prosecute traffickers, pimps, and those who profit from prostitution, deter men from buying sex, and create social supports and services for trafficked and prostituted individuals.

International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)

http://www.iofa.org

IOFA is an established leader in identifying critical and emerging issues that threaten the well-being of the world's most vulnerable youth. IOFA implements domestic and international projects to enhance ongoing efforts to combat trafficking across the globe and to develop community-based responses to trafficking. IOFA is a member of the Freedom Network to Empower Trafficked or Enslaved Persons, a nationwide coalition of over 30 organizations working to combat human trafficking, and serves as one of the regional coordinators in the Northeast and the Midwest.

Salvation Army PROMISE

www.sapromise.org

The Salvation Army PROMISE initiative (Partnership to Rescue our Minors from Sexual Exploitation) includes the formation of a task force which engages in initiatives that address the PROMISE provisions of awareness, prevention, intervention, and service delivery. Strategies to implementing these provisions are developed by members who represent the social service, education, legal, judicial, healthcare, and law enforcement and other government sectors thus ensuring a comprehensive and holistic approach to fighting human trafficking.

Salvation Army STOP-IT

www.usc.salvationarmy.org/stopit

The Salvation Army STOP-IT Initiative Against Human Trafficking exists to aid in the elimination of human trafficking by educating the community and working directly with children, adults, women, and men impacted by sex or labor trafficking. STOP-IT builds relationships with suspected trafficked persons through street outreach and assists persons currently victimized, as well as survivors through service referrals and ongoing support. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the STOP-IT local 24 Hour Hotline at 1-877-606-3158.

National Immigrant Justice Center

www.immigrantjustice.org

Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center provides immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. They provide immigration legal services to foreign-born trafficking victims. Their direct-service experience informs their reform-driven policy advocacy, impact litigation, and public education efforts to defend immigrant rights.

Traffick Free

www.traffickfree.org

Traffick Free is an activist group comprised of writers and waiters; attorneys and activists; educators and event planners; designers and doctors; musicians and managers. Traffick Free is simply ordinary people volunteering their talents and time to end to human trafficking - first in Chicago, and eventually throughout the world. It is Traffick Free's purpose to first create awareness of human trafficking, and then to take tangible and active steps on all levels to see to its end. Traffick Free seeks to act as a catalyst, igniting a synergistic movement by combining resources, skills and expertise to end the demand for trafficking and free those enslaved.

National and International Resources and Organizations

International Justice Mission (IJM)

www.ijm.org

IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials in Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

www.ncmec.org

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; helps find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

End Child Prostitution and Trafficking of Children (ECPAT USA)

www.ecpatusa.org

ECPAT works to protect the right of all children to grow up free from sexual exploitation. ECPAT works on many levels to fight forced marriage, child sex tourism, and all forms of child sexual exploitation both in the U.S. and abroad. The website also provides a number of resources and reports on sexual exploitation of children.

Not for Sale Campaign

www.notforsalecampaign.org

The Not For Sale Campaign equips and mobilizes Smart Activists to deploy innovative solutions to re-abolish slavery in their own backyards and across the globe.

Polaris Project

www.PolarisProject.org

Polaris Project's comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking includes operating local and national crisis hotlines, conducting direct outreach and victim identification, providing social services and housing to victims, advocating for stronger state and national anti-trafficking legislation, and engaging community members in local and national grassroots efforts. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is housed out of Polaris Project. Call 1.888.3737.888 if you are a victim of human trafficking or if you suspect an incidence of human trafficking.

Shared Hope International

www.sharedhope.org

Shared Hope International's prevention programs examine the conditions that allow women and children to be bought and sold and document the marketplaces of victimization around the world. We work to enhance awareness of modern day sexual slavery and we build international alliances to combat sex trafficking.

HumanTrafficking.org

www.humantrafficking.org

HumanTrafficking.org is a web resource with many resources and publications on the issue of human trafficking. The purpose of this Web site is to bring Government and NGOs in the East Asia and Pacific together to cooperate and learn from each other's experiences in their efforts to combat human trafficking. This Web site has country-specific information such as national laws and action plans and contact information on useful governmental agencies. It also has a description of NGO activities in different countries and their contact information.