Our Anti-human Trafficking Program provides crisis counseling, short-term shelter or housing assistance, health care, mental health assistance, assistance with legal and immigration issues, ESL (English as a Second Language)/vocational skills training, life skills training, translation and interpretation services.
The Anti-Human Trafficking Program provides trainings for mainstream and community-based service providers, as well as community outreach on human trafficking which focuses on prevention and awareness. Through our Anti-Human Trafficking Program, we provide direct services and comprehensive case management to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking, helping them with their recovery process and leading them on a path to self-sufficiency.
Tapestri has worked with over 100 foreign-born trafficking survivors since 2004. Through our partnership with Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, we have had a 100% success rate with T-visa approvals.
Background on Human Trafficking:
Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world and a billion dollar industry that victimizes millions of people. It is not only an overseas problem; the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 14,500-17,500 people are trafficked into the United States every year.
Human trafficking is defined by U.S. law as the recruitment, abduction, transport, harboring, transfer, sale or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation. Anyone can be a potential victim of human trafficking. In the United States, trafficked individuals are found from all over the world, especially from economically depressed countries. In addition, 80% of those victims are female and 50% of those are girls (under the age of 18).
Human trafficking can take many forms:
- Sexual exploitation (prostitution, pornography, sex tourism)
- Domestic servitude (housekeeper, nanny, servant)
- Servile marriage (servant)
- Labor exploitation (employment visas, sweatshops, restaurants, agricultural work, manual labor)
Traffickers use psychological coercion and severe physical abuse to control their victims, causing the victims to live in a constant state of fear and dependence. Threats of anti-immigrant laws are also powerful tools used at the hands of traffickers, making the immigrant and refugee communities more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.