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Combating human trafficking in Miami

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What is human trafficking?

Trafficking in persons -- also known as "human trafficking" -- is a form of modern-day slavery. Men, women and children from around the world are forced to work against their will in many industries including the sex trade. An estimated $150billion global industry, trafficking affects virtually every country around the world. Anywhere from 700,000 to 4 million persons worldwide are trafficked across or within national borders every year. Victims have been trafficked in both rural and urban areas of the United States.

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 victim-centered service provision. 

What does the IRC in Miami do to help?

The federally funded anti-trafficking project in Miami has a two-fold purpose: to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed direct services to survivors of human trafficking, and to identify potential victims through Outreach and public awareness.

Direct support for survivors of trafficking:

To help combat human trafficking, the IRC’s anti-trafficking program in Miami, offers services to domestic and foreign-born victims of all forms of trafficking.  Victims may contract the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (1-888-373-7888) or IRC’s informational line directly (1-866-443-0106) or be referred by law enforcement, services providers, or the community. . 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.

Services include:

  • Intensive case management
  • Housing and sustenance
  • Assistance achieving certification and access to public benefits
  • Literacy, job training, life skills and education assistance
  • Interpreter and translator services
  • Legal assistance (including immigration)
  • Transportation assistance
  • Medical care
  • Dental care
  • Victim advocacy


As the representative of the Department of Health and Human Services, Rescue & Restore initiative, the IRC in Miami works to deliver critical, accurate and balanced information, while raising awareness of human trafficking at the national, state, and local levels. The IRC in Miami leads training in human trafficking for law enforcement personnel, social service agencies, and the community. The sessions concentrate on raising awareness, creating protocols, making appropriate referrals and providing a place for community networking,

The IRC also provides technical assistance to governmental and non-governmental agencies, giving support on identifying victims, improving the quality of victim services and interagency collaboration.

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