Human Trafficking Resources
Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons (TIP), is the modern-day practice of slavery. It is a crime under federal and international law. It is also a crime in many US states.
There is not one consistent face of a trafficking victim. Trafficked persons in the US can be rich or poor, men or women, adults or children, foreign nationals or US citizens. Some are well-educated, while others have no formal education.
While anyone can become a victim of trafficking, certain populations are especially vulnerable. These may include: undocumented migrants; runaways, homeless and at-risk youth; and oppressed, marginalized, and/or impoverished groups and individuals. Traffickers specifically target individuals in these populations because they are vulnerable to recruitment tactics and methods of control.
Undocumented immigrants in the US are highly vulnerable due to a combination of factors, including: lack of legal status and protections, language barriers, limited employment options, poverty and immigration-related debts, and social isolation. They are often victimized by traffickers from a similar ethnic or national background, on whom they may be dependent for employment or a means of support.
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 if:
you or someone you know has experienced human trafficking or is a potential human trafficking situation,
you are interested in learning more about human trafficking or would like to request technical assistance or training,
OVC Help for Victims - Trafficking in Persons
The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Trafficking in Persons Web Page
Department of Homeland Security – Human Trafficking Information
Toolkit for Law Enforcement Use of the U-Visa