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  NCJ Number: NCJ 240570     Find in a Library
  Title: National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Human Trafficking
  Document URL: PDF 
  Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Ctr (TTAC)
United States of America
  Date Published: 09/2012
  Page Count: 22
  Series: OVC Training
  Annotation: This paper reviews the features of human trafficking, its impact on victims, and models for multidisciplinary, collaborative approaches for serving this population.
  Abstract: Human trafficking, which is modern-day slavery, is a crime against vulnerable people desperate for a better life for themselves and their families. Exploiting this search for a better life, traffickers may abduct, deceive, use, and sell men, women, and children for profit. Victims often experience physical and/or sexual brutality, exploitation, and mental and emotional abuse. Once victims escape or are rescued from their traffickers, they often receive services across a wide variety of systems, including social services and criminal justice. Coordinated service delivery is crucial to successful intervention on behalf of trafficking victims. Following the presentation of data on human trafficking in the United States, definitions are presented for terms that are often used in association with human trafficking. A discussion of the unique impact/effects on trafficking victims notes that the adverse effects of human trafficking are similar to those experienced by other victims of criminal activity, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and torture. Among the victimization effects for trafficked persons are anxiety, anger, hopelessness, isolation, depression, and a multitude of stress-related health problems. An overview of effective responses for trafficking-victim support addresses mental health treatment and advocacy for justice system participation. U.S. Government policies for assisting trafficking victims are outlined, and multidisciplinary teams and case management are described as central features of an effective response to trafficking victims. The paper concludes with an overview of barriers to victim identification and accessing services and a discussion of the importance of addressing cultural issues that influence the perception of victims trafficked from other countries. 4 Web-based resources and 68 notes
  Main Term(s): Victim services
  Index Term(s): Offense statistics ; Interagency cooperation ; Cultural influences ; Human rights ; Human rights violations ; Victim services training ; Trafficking in Persons
  Sale Source: Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Ctr (TTAC)
10530 Rosehaven Street
Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material ; Issue Overview
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: One in a series of eight resource papers
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