One Call for Help in Fighting Human Trafficking
Friday, July 22, 2016
Contributors: Lisa Smith, United Way 2-1-1 Manager and Brooklyn Massey, Marketing and Communications Intern at United Way Fox Cities
On July 15th an article on sex trafficking along Highway I-41 appeared on the front page of the Appleton Post-Crescent. A link to the article is posted at the end of this blog.
It is important to recognize that these problems exist and respond appropriately with resources, assistance and empathy. United Way 2-1-1, in partnership with 2-1-1 Wisconsin, is providing enhanced services STATEWIDE for anyone seeking assistance, information, training, or LOCAL resources on human trafficking including:
- Victims and survivors of human and/or sex trafficking
- Friends or family members
- Social and legal service providers
- Law enforcement
- Government agencies
- Frontline professionals
- Local advocates and community members
Callers simply dial 2-1-1 on any phone to be connected with a local, live, trained Information and Referral Specialist. Caller’s needs are screened for signs of human trafficking. Personal safety and human service needs are assessed and appropriate referrals are made. The service is free, confidential and available 24/7.
The entire staff at United Way 2-1-1 has gone through training for how to deal with human trafficking calls, which include both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The resources and information provided by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center are invaluable and raises awareness nationally and locally. By providing resources to victims and tracking needs in the community, United Way 2-1-1 is able to connect people with the resources they need. We encourage everyone to reach out and be local advocates in the mission to end human trafficking.