Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world including individuals here in the United States. At the YWCA Silicon Valley, we believe human trafficking is a monumental human rights violation that is largely invisible to the average citizen. We strive to bring this complex issue to the forefront of public consciousness in Santa Clara County and to equip the public with specific steps they can take to help bring an end to this critical and pervasive problem.
While most people who are aware of the problem of human trafficking think of it as occurring only in other countries, the truth is that modern-day slavery is happening right here in Santa Clara County as well as in cities, towns and rural areas throughout the United States
Human trafficking work at the YWCA Silicon Valley is housed within our Domestic Violence Department (also known as the YWCA Support Network Program) and our work falls into two broad categories: Victim Advocacy and Public Awareness.
The YWCA Silicon Valley offers services to victims of human trafficking through our Domestic Violence (DV) and Rape Crisis Departments. Our DV Department is able to offer case management and emergency shelter for human trafficking survivors when there is an intersection with domestic violence. Our Rape Crisis Center is able to provide advocacy and counseling services to survivors of sexual violence and sex trafficking, including commercially sexually exploited minors.
Through the support of Congressman Honda’s office, the YWCA of Silicon Valley is raising awareness on the issue of human trafficking. We are operating a major public awareness campaign under a federal grant through the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Affairs (BJA). This campaign will focus on educating our community in three primary areas:
- What is human trafficking?
- What are the red flags of a trafficking situation?
- What resources are available for survivors of human trafficking in our community?
Please click the link for 15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking to learn more about how you can get involved.