Human Trafficking we are sorry this happened to you; we’re here to help Human trafficking is modern day slavery and can considered a federal crime. If you are being forced or coerced to work or engage in sexual acts against your will, you may be a victim of human trafficking. We can help. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you are unsure if you are a victim and would like to learn more, we urge you to contact the national toll free hotline at 1-888-373-7888. normal reactions to human trafficking If someone uses force to control you, it is normal for you to experience a wide range of emotions. At first you may be in shock. It may be hard to come to terms that this has really happened. It is normal to experience insomnia, loss of appetite, headaches, panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, hopelessness and the inability to concentrate. You may also experience anger, denial, confusion, frustration and begin to blame yourself. This was NOT your fault. You will travel at your own rate in the recovery process while it often feels as if the world around you goes back to normal very quickly. Victim Assistance Program advocates are specially trained to help you navigate towards a safe and peaceful life. we would like to stand by your side Victim Assistance Program may be able to provide you with information and resources to help break through these barriers with the hopes of providing you with strength and empowerment to navigate through what may be the worst experience of your life. Our advocates can be with you in the hospital, help you coordinate with the police, accompany you to court, help you apply for a protection order, discuss financial compensation, assist in applying for the VINE offender notification system, connect you with community resources, provide you with an emergency cell phone, help you create a safety plan, and provide crisis intervention and trauma therapy. Victim Assistance Program helps all individuals regardless of their age, sex, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to speak English. Please know you don’t have to go through this alone, we are here to help. All you need to do is call, we never charge a fee for services. something to think about; protection orders Victims of human trafficking have the right to petition (apply) the court for a civil order of protection or an anti-stalking order against an individual who has or is threatening to cause harm to you and/or your children. Between the hours of 8a-4p, M-F, you may appear before a magistrate to request an emergency protection order. If granted, the respondent will be ordered not to contact or communicate with you in any way until a full hearing. During the full hearing, both you and the respondent must appear to discuss why the order should remain in place for up to five years. As this can be an intimidating process, our advocates can walk you through every step of the way.