Illinois Rescue & Restore Public Protocol
Illinois Department of Human Services

Step 1: If you suspect you have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking: Is victim immediate danger?

Yes - Call 911, then call the National 24 Hour Hotline 1.888.3737.888.
Complete Victim Tracking Form and submit to IDHS at www.dhs.state.il.us/rescueandrestore.

No - Step 2

Step 2: If victim is not in immediate danger, assess if the situation meets the definition of human trafficking. Meets definition of human trafficking?

No - Depending on Need Refer To:
City Line: 311
DCFS Abuse Line: 1-800-25ABUSE
IDHS Hotline:  1-800-843-6154

Unclear - Provide victim with 24 Hour National and Local Hotline Numbers.
National: 1.888.3737.888 AND Local: 1.877.606.3158
Complete Victim Tracking Form and Submit to IDHS at www.dhs.state.il.us/rescueandrestore

Yes - Step 3

Step 3: Look for signs and possible indicators that can help you identify if it's a trafficking situation.  Does the person or situation exhibit any signs or potential indicators of human trafficking? Do you have even a slight suspicion that the situation doesn't seem right?

No - Provide victim with 24 Hour National and Local Hotline Numbers.
National: 1.888.3737.888 AND Local: 1.877.606.3158
Complete Victim Tracking Form and Submit to IDHS at www.dhs.state.il.us/rescueandrestore

Yes - Call 24 Hour National Hotline 1.888.3737.888.  NHTRC will assess and contact local hotline, law enforcement, and appropriate agencies to serve victims.
Complete Victim Tracking Form and Submit to IDHS at www.dhs.state.il.us/rescueandrestore

Signs to Look For

  • Evidence of being controlled
  • Evidence of inability to move or leave job
  • Inability or fear to make eye contact
  • Bruises or other signs of physical abuse
  • Fear, anxiety, depression, exhaustion
  • Not speaking on own behalf and/or non-English speaking
  • No passport or other forms of identification or documentation
  • Works and sleeps in same place
  • Under 18 and involved commercial sexual activity of any kind