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Thank you for your support of Someplace Safe this Holiday Season!
On behalf of crime victims, survivors, and families that we serve, Someplace Safe would like to thank you, our donors andsupporters, for your generosity this holiday season. Your support not only provided needed funding for our services and programs, it also provided countless toys, gift cards, personal care, and household items for those in need, helping the agency meet its goal for the 2016 holiday season.
Your thoughtful gifts and donations allow Someplace Safe to continue our important work, and provide services to victims and survivors of crime, helping create safer communities for all. Thank you for making a difference this holiday season in our community!
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.
Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help due to fear of the traffickers. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, and lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings. (Info obtained from: https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/what-human-trafficking)
Human Trafficking Services Provided by Someplace Safe. In 2015, Someplace Safe was awarded funding from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) as a Safe Harbor supportive services grantee. Someplace Safe now offers victim-centered services specifically designed to heal the trauma experienced by Minnesota’s sexually exploited and trafficked youth. Someplace Safe offers services, taking into account culture, gender and unique needs of each youth and their family, while ensuring that these services are easily accessible.
Someplace Safe has provided advocacy services to 13 juvenile victims of sex trafficking, as well 45 victims of exploitation since 2015. An additional 16 victims of trafficking and exploitation have received services from local Someplace Safe Community Advocacy offices.
Blue Campaign to End Human Trafficking
Blue Campaign to End Human Trafficking. The “Blue Campaign to End Human Trafficking” is a new initiative for Someplace Safe, which is launching in our communities this January. The campaign, observed each January, is an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to combat human trafficking in the United States. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government and private organizations, and community members, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic human right of freedom, and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice. Through the Blue Campaign, communities may raise public awareness about human trafficking, leverage partnerships, educate the public to recognize human trafficking, and report suspected instances.
On Sunday, January 15, 2017, Someplace Safe will observe the Blue Campaign to End Human Trafficking. We invite you to join us and participate in the Blue Campaign in your communities. Posters and materials are available by request for you to display, as well as stickers for you to wear on January 15th. Participants may also wear the color blue on this day, as a statement of solidarity and support for victims of human trafficking in our communities and across the country.
Participants in the Blue Campaign may also pledge a few dollars for the “privilege” of wearing blue on this date. Pledges or offerings may be mailed to Someplace Safe, or dropped off at your local Someplace Safe office.
If you have questions about the Blue Campaign, or would like to request additional materials, please contact Jeanine at 218-770-4256 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if you are interested in a presentation on human trafficking or exploitation in January, or at any time, please visit www.someplacesafe.info/community-and-education and complete the presentation request form.
If you or someone you know is experiencing human trafficking, please contact your local Someplace Safe office, or call our 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-974-3359.
For more information and resources on human trafficking, visit: https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/
For more information on the Blue Campaign, visit: https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign