This toolkit is designed to assist service providers working in collaboration with law enforcement in reaching underserved populations at risk of human trafficking, which takes the forms of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Foreign nationals face particular vulnerabilities, in part because of their immigration status and language or literacy barriers. Many populations:
- Are unaware of support services or may not have access to them due to geographic isolation or isolation due to their trafficking situation
- Fear authorities and the threat of deportation, whether they are documented or undocumented
- Lack documentation proving their identity
- Lack an understanding of their rights in the United States
- May be exploited when traffickers threaten to harm them or their family
This toolkit offers specific guidance on developing an outreach program for identifying at-risk foreign nationals and foreign national victims.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Trafficking in Persons supported the development of this resource through a grant partnership between the Office of Criminal Justice Services, End Slavery Cincinnati, the Central Ohio Reach and Restore Coalition and the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition [Grant No. 90ZV0116].