Services Available to Victims of Human Trafficking: A Resource Guide for Social Service Providers [open pdf - 3MB]
"The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to certify foreign victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons, making these individuals eligible for federally funded benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or labor; they can be young children, teenagers, men, and women. There are many benefits and services available for foreign trafficking victims, including Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance, the Matching Grant Program, the Public Housing Program, and Job Corps. In addition, there are many community resources available for them. Trafficking victims generally are not able to obtain these resources by themselves; they need social services providers to assist them in accessing benefits and services so that they can achieve self-sufficiency, become survivors of human trafficking, and rebuild their lives in the United States. Social services providers play an important role in helping victims of human trafficking restore their lives. The needs of trafficking victims tend to be complex, often involving interactions with multi-jurisdictional law enforcement personnel, lawyers, and an array of benefit providers. Also, service providers must consider the varying levels of trauma the victim has endured and the victim's cultural background when addressing his or her needs. This booklet can guide service providers in helping their clients access services. It briefly describes the many community and State-funded resources available for victims. In addition, it outlines the types of Federal benefits and services available to trafficking victims in various immigration categories."
Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/