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SAFE Action Project

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking

Domestic violence takes many forms, including the trafficking of adults and children. A new program of Sojourner Center, the SAFE Action Project will educate the community that exploitation through force, fraud and coercion are all forms of domestic violence, and that, with a coordinated community strategy, human trafficking can be stopped.

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute created the SAFE Action Project in 2013 to educate the hospitality industry to recognize and report commercial sexual exploitation of children. In 2016, the Institute chose Sojourner Center to carry on SAFE Action’s important work and expand its reach. Sojourner Center will guide the expansion of the program to include training the broader tourism industry to recognize and report all forms of human trafficking.

Sojourner Center’s SAFE Action Project will work to raise public awareness of how an informed community can effectively end the cycle of violence. Sojourner Center is a full-service human and social services agency that is dedicated to moving the conversation on the issues of domestic violence, raising awareness through targeted education and outreach, while working to change societal norms to end the silence.

Our Program

Sojourner’s SAFE Action Project offers a wide variety of human trafficking training resources to help tourism staff, along with travelers nationwide, to recognize warning signs of human trafficking and to report suspicious behavior, with a “see something, say something” approach. The training program aims to reach all aspects of the tourism industry, including hotels, restaurants, theaters, airports, stadiums and other places where large groups of people gather and travel.

Sojourner Center has worked in the field of domestic violence for nearly 40 years. During that time the shelter has helped thousands of people known to be victims of human trafficking. The issues of human trafficking and domestic violence go hand-in-hand, and both circumstances require similar responses and services such as case management and trauma-informed care. The SAFE Action Project represents another opportunity for Sojourner Center to be a voice for those persons who have been subject to exploitation and abuse.

In addition to in-person trainings, there are an abundance of free resources for hotel and airport staff available on the program website: http://www.safeactionproject.org

For more information about holding the training at your business, please contact Sojourner Center at communications@sojournercenter.org.

FAQs

Q: How does training about human trafficking fit into the services provided by a domestic violence shelter like Sojourner Center?
A: Sojourner Center is a human and social services agency that has been providing services to people who have experienced human trafficking throughout its nearly 40 years in operation. The SAFE Action Project adds to our efforts to help community members recognize the warning signs of abuse. There are deep connections between domestic violence and human trafficking, and both circumstances require similar responses and services such as case management and trauma-informed care. The SAFE Action Project is a natural expansion of services for Sojourner Center and will draw upon our existing strengths.

The SAFE Action Project represents another opportunity for Sojourner Center to be a voice for those persons who have been subject to exploitation and abuse. We have deep empathy for these women, children and men. We are fortunate to offer a service that helps prevent abuse by raising community awareness about human trafficking.

Q: Why is Sojourner Center taking over a program of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute?
A: Sojourner Center was chosen by the O’Connor Institute to take over a successful program it had incubated to address child sex trafficking in the Southwest. The program grew to a point that it outside the scope of the Institute’s work. It needed a partner with the capability to handle that growth and also to expand the program. It will be the responsibility of Sojourner Center to secure the funding that will allow us to sustain and grow the program. Over the nearly 40 years of Sojourner Center’s existence, we have demonstrated the ability to operate and support a social service program of this nature.

Q: Has Sojourner Center worked in the human trafficking space before?
A: Sojourner Center has worked in the field of domestic violence for nearly 40 years. During that time we have helped thousands of people known to be victims of human trafficking. The issues of human trafficking and domestic violence go hand-in-hand. We are merely moving in the direction of formally recognizing the issue. The SAFE Action Project enables us to do that. The program is consistent with our mission and the skill sets of our employees.

Q: Who is behind human trafficking in the United States? Is it foreigners that are bringing women and children across our borders?
A: While the media and popular culture have frequently depicted human trafficking occurring in other countries, human trafficking also is prevalent throughout the United States. There is no one snapshot of a trafficker. People of every gender, nationality, race and socio-economic status are involved in human trafficking. No one stereotype should be applied to traffickers, buyers or people who are being trafficked.

Q: What types of businesses can receive the SAFE Action Project training?
A: The program aims to reach all aspects of the tourism industry, including hotels, restaurants, theaters, airports, stadiums and other places where large groups of people gather and travel. In addition to in-person trainings, we have an abundance of free resources for hotel and airport staff, accessible on our website at http://www.safeactionproject.org/training/stop-sex-trafficking-toolkit/. For more information about holding the training at your business, please contact Sojourner Center at communications@sojournercenter.org.

 

Key Facts

  • Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise, with global profits estimated in excess of $150 billion annually.i
  • There are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children.ii
  • More than 25,000 human trafficking cases were identified on the U.S.-based National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline.iii
  • Of the millions of people estimated to be victims of human trafficking globally, 55 percent are women and girls, and 45 percent are men and boys.iv

For More Information Please Contact:

Community Outreach Programs Manager

Ramoncita Cocova
Email

References
iEstimates according to the International Labour Organization
iiIbid
iiiPolaris Project
ivInternational Labour Organization