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HOPE Program in Sacramento

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The Human-trafficking Outreach, Prevention and Education (H.O.P.E.) Program provides comprehensive services to survivors of human trafficking, as well as training and outreach to increase awareness and identification of survivors. Our goal is to help survivors build lives that are free from abuse and exploitation.

What we do

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery affecting more than 20 million people world-wide. Both labor trafficking and sex trafficking are forms of human trafficking where individuals are forced into providing labor services or commercial sex against their will. Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to exploit victims including physical violence, threats, emotional abuse and isolation.

Anyone can be a survivor of trafficking -- men and women, children and adults, foreign nationals and United States citizens. The IRC has developed a multi-faceted approach to help survivors of trafficking while also informing the community of warning signs.

Direct services

The HOPE Program provides comprehensive, trauma-informed services, case management and direct assistance for survivors of both labor and sex trafficking. The HOPE Program serves the greater Sacramento region and 30 counties throughout Northern California.

We provide client-centered, trauma-informed services to survivors including:

  • Long-term case management
  • Housing assistance
  • Food and clothing
  • Immigration & legal assistance
  • Interpretation services
  • Physical & mental health access
  • Education & job training
  • Safety planning
  • Referrals & benefits assistance

Training and technical services

By facilitating presentations, training and technical assistance, the HOPE Program aims to educate community members on the subject of human trafficking as well as train organizations to better respond to and serve survivors. Through direct outreach to vulnerable communities and collaboration with law enforcement, the IRC also works to increase identification of survivors of trafficking throughout Northern California. To request a training please fill out our Training Request Form or email SacramentoTrafficking [at] rescue.org.

What you can do

Know the warning signs, raise awareness and report suspicious activity.

The following questions can help to identify survivors:

  • Have they been forced into working or performing commercial sex acts?
  • Have they or their family been threatened?
  • Are they being paid minimum wage?
  • Are they free to leave their home or work?
  • Have they been harmed in any way?
  • Is someone controlling or monitoring them?
  • Have they had their identification documents taken from them?
  • If you believe you have been a victim of human trafficking or know of a current situation where human trafficking occurs, please contact:

The IRC in Sacramento’s HOPE Program    +1 (916) 482-0120

National Human Trafficking Hotline             +1 (888) 373-7888

Support H.O.P.E.

Become an intern

Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page to learn about our different positions and how to apply. You can also email VolunteerSacramento [at] rescue.org

Support through donations

If you would like to donate hygiene kits, clothes, or furniture to survivors of human trafficking email DonateSacramento [at] rescue.org or look through our wish lists.

Contact H.O.P.E.

Amy Watson

H.O.P.E. Program Manager

Amy.Watson [at] rescue.org

International Rescue Committee

2020 Hurley Way, Suite 420

Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: +1 (916) 482-0120

SacramentoTrafficking [at] rescue.org