International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking? 

Trafficking in persons -- also known as "human trafficking" -- is a form of modern-day slavery. An estimated $32 billion global industry, trafficking affects virtually every country as a source, transit, or destination location. Anywhere from 700,000 to 4 million persons worldwide are trafficked across or within national borders every year. According to recent U.S. government estimates, 18,000-20,000 persons are trafficked into the United States each year for purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor. Victims have been trafficked in both rural and urban areas of the United States.

Women, men, and children are trafficked worldwide. Viewed as valuable commodities in the sex trade or labor industry, vulnerable individuals are targeted by traffickers poised to exploit their desperation, misfortune, or ignorance. They may fall victim to false promises of employment opportunities and a better life, or they may be abducted or sold outright by families who themselves are in need of money or hope to provide a better life for their children. Additionally, trafficked persons come from diverse demographic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds and have different trafficking histories that require individualized, culturally sensitive, and linguistically appropriate service provision.

What is the Florida Freedom Partnership?

To help combat human trafficking,  Florida Freedom Partnership (FFP), IRC’s anti-trafficking program in Miami, offers case management, safe and appropriate housing, legal services, medical care, and clinical intervention to trafficked persons in South Florida. Victims may contact the IRC directly or be referred by law enforcement, service providers, or good Samaritans.  At intake, a victim is assessed to determine his or her needs, and a service plan is developed to respond to those needs and to strive to reach the victim’s goals.

FFP also leads training seminars on human trafficking for law enforcement personnel, social service agencies, and community-based organizations. The sessions concentrate on awareness, protocols, appropriate referrals, and networking.  For more information, please contact the IRC in Miami office.

For more information please visit the following organizations and agencies working to combat trafficking in persons:

- Arizona League to End Regional Trafficking

- Department of Health and Human Services

- Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

- Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime

- Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN)