Human Trafficking Victims

Get Help: Call our Anti-Trafficking Program: 718.943.8652 
Evening and Weekends: Call our 24-hour Hotline: 800.621.4673
Outside of NYC call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 888.373.7888
Para los servicios de trata de personas en español clic aquí

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What is Human Trafficking?              

Human Trafficking Defined: Also known as "modern slavery," human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings through recruitment or abduction, by means of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of forced labor, debt bondage or sexual exploitation.

Human trafficking victims are often forced, through sexual, physical and/or psychological violence, to perform work under slavery-like conditions.

Types of Human Trafficking can include:

  • Labor trafficking: Working in slave-like conditions with little or no pay
  • Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sex Trafficking: Being forced to engage in a commercial sexual act against your will
    • Under federal law, all minors, under the age of 18, involved in the commercial sex industry are considered trafficked; no consent is needed

Are you or is Someone You Know a Human Trafficking Victim?

Trafficking can happen to people of all different backgrounds, sexual orientations and can occur nationally and internationally; people who were born or grew up in the United States can become victims of human trafficking. Trafficking can happen in your community, no border crossing is needed.

Find out how to identify a human trafficking victim.

Where to Get Help if You Are a Human Trafficking Victim

Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) is located in Brooklyn, New York and provides human trafficking victims from anywhere in the city with comprehensive, supportive resources including:

  • Intensive case management
  • Legal services
  • Training, technical assistance, and education
  • Referrals for other support, like counseling and housing support

Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program is located at:

50 Court Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Phone: 718.943.8652
Para ver los servicios de trata de personas en español clic aquí

Find more information about Safe Horizon's ATP here.

Helpful Tips for Victims of Human Rights Violations

If you think your rights are being violated, remember that you know best how to protect yourself.

Consider safely keeping a list of the following:

  • Your passport in a safe, easily accessible place
  • Copies of your passport, visa, and employment contract in your home country with relatives or friends
  • Phone number of your home country’s embassy on hand
  • A record of all the days and hours that you work, and the amount and date of each payment that you receive

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Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
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