Human trafficking is a terrible crime that exploits innocent and vulnerable people. It is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. ICS has Oregon’s only Attorney Fellow funded through Equal Justice Works focused on assisting trafficking victims.
ICS also has Oregon’s only full-time anti-trafficking program providing comprehensive services for human trafficking victims. Through a contract with the United States Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), we provide social services advocacy, case management and referral services to trafficking survivors. Such services may include:
- Assistance with shelter
- Food, clothing, personal care items
- Transportation assistance
- Job training and ESL classes
- Referral to medical and mental health care services
- Consultation with civil rights attorneys
- Interpretation services
- Safety planning
- Community orientation
- Financial literacy classes
- Connection to refugee services
ICS is active in the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force (OHTTF) and advocates on behalf of trafficking victims to law enforcement, legislators, policy makers and other key stakeholders. ICS also provides training and technical assistance to other service providers and attorneys on best practices in serving trafficking survivors.