If you see or suspect Human Trafficking in your area or you yourself are in need of urgent help, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888. Someone is there waiting for you call.
The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors 24 hour crisis line (Local)
The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors is dedicated to the support, treatment and advocacy for persons whose lives have been disrupted by sexual violence and to lead the community toward a reduction of sexual violence through education and awareness.
Samaritan House – http://www.samaritanhouseva.org/ (Local)
“Samaritan House is committed to fostering personal safety, growth and self-sufficiency in adults and their children through the freedom from domestic abuse and homelessness. Since 1984, Samaritan House has provided emergency housing, transitional housing, and community outreach to victims of domestic violence and homeless families. We operate 11 emergency shelter houses, 10 transitional housing units, and 27 affordable apartment units. In our emergency and transitional programs we shelter about 110 people per night as well as providing affordable housing at fair market value Our children’s program works with our youth (approximately 65% of the people we serve) to establish healthy relationships, build self-confidence, increase academic performance, and ultimately break the cycles of violence and homelessness.”
H.E.R. Shelter – http://www.hershelter.com (Local)
The H.E.R. Shelter is a private, non-profit agency, certified by the United Way of South Hampton Roads, and the statewide coalition, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA). We have a 24-hour emergency hotline where a trained advocate can assist individuals in need with information, referrals, or when appropriate, can provide safe, emergency housing for a woman and her children.
Virginia Beach Justice Initiative – http://www.vbji.org/
The Virginia Beach Justice Initiative was birthed out of a desire to end human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking, in the Hampton Roads area. They are seeking to initiate change by building a coalition of like-minded individuals and organizations that work together to (1) prevent the victimization of individuals and (2) create a comprehensive region-wide program to identify and then assist victims from the time of rescue through recovery and reintegration.
Release Me International – http://www.
“RMI is a global non-profit that trains people to recognize the signs and causes of human trafficking, act early, and respond with compassion. Through awareness and education, RMI hopes to create safer families and communities and bring healing to those impacted by trafficking.”
Polaris Project – http://www.polarisproject.org/
“Polaris, named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., disrupts the conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive in our society. From working with government leaders to protect victims’ rights, to building partnerships with the world’s leading technology corporations, we spark long-term change that focuses communities on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of all that we do — helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and gathering the data to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Unparalleled expertise. Relentlessness. And an innovative spirit. This is how Polaris eradicates the slavery networks that rob human beings of their lives and their independence. Freedom happens now.”
Shared Hope International – http://sharedhope.org/
Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a committed community restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value and choice – one life at a time.
Survivors for Solutions – http://surviors4solutions.com
Survivors for Solutions (S4S) was created to advocate for peer-led services and programs, survivor-informed policies at all levels of government, and provide best practices consultation to governments, non-profits and institutions.
The Beloved Haven – http://thebelovedhaven.org
The Beloved Haven is a ministry that offers faith-based restorative transitional living, free of cost to women coming out of sex trafficking. Beloved Haven will handle every woman as a remarkable individual by providing spiritual healing and restoration. Beloved Haven also speaks out about sex trafficking through community awareness, outreach and training.
The Avalon Center – http://avaloncenter.org
Avalon Center provides shelter and support to those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault in the Greater Williamsburg area. Avalon works to break the cycle of abuse and helps create a positive future. With a shelter and six extended-stay apartments in place and a busy community outreach office, Avalon serves as the resource for Greater Williamsburg survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking. Avalon has formal partnerships with the College of William & Mary, local departments of social services, schools, police, Bacon Street and a many other agencies. Avalon participates on the local Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and provides advocates for hospital and court accompaniment. By focusing on providing trauma-informed, survivor-led, self-sufficiency based services; Avalon helps break the cycle of abuse and creates a positive future for about 600 women, men and children in the Williamsburg area every year.
Elisabeth Corey of BeatingTrama.com
Elisabeth Corey is a survivor of family-controlled child sex trafficking and sex abuse. Her education in social work and her personal experiences as a survivor inform her intimate discussion about the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of trauma recovery, which she discusses on her blog at BeatingTrauma.com. She writes about breaking the cycle of abuse through conscious parenting, navigating intimate relationships as a survivor, balancing the memory recovery process with daily life, coping with self-doubt, and overcoming the physical symptoms of a traumatic childhood. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Holly Austin Smith – Author of Walking Prey
Holly Austin Smith is a survivor of child sex trafficking and an activist against all forms of human trafficking and exploitation. Holly has testified before Congress and consulted for numerous organizations, including the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the AMBER Alert program. She is requested on a regular basis to provide testimony and input to law enforcement officials, legislators, social service providers, human trafficking task forces, and journalists. In 2014, Holly published an academic book titled Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery. In 2015, Holly joined Dignity Health, the fifth largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California. As Patient Care Services Program Director, Holly oversees a program to recognize and respond to victims of human trafficking in the healthcare setting. You can visit her website at: http://hollyaustinsmith.com