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Action Against Human Trafficking

Categories: Activism, Human Trafficking, News

This last month we safely participated in No Traffick Ahead, a collective of direct service organizations working to end human trafficking in the San Francisco Bay Area. The meeting was also attended by three other agencies serving trafficking and victims in our region. Those agencies are the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, Monarch Services and Walnut Avenue Womens center.  The local anti trafficking movement is strong.  Read about the adaptivity, resiliency and collaboration in the Rape Crisis Center’s recent blog post, “United to Server Survivors of Human trafficking.”

YWCA-MC has a strong program to support victims of Human Trafficking.  We have designed a support program that encompasses some of the most vital needs of those facing this type of slavery.  We have recently welcomed several new staff members to our Domestic Violence Shelter Services team! We are excited that over the coming months we will be able to incorporate more of the principles of the Housing First model into our work at the Shelter. Over the past couple of weeks, we have strengthened the link between our clients at the Shelter and our Transitional Housing program to facilitate a seamless transition between crisis intervention and sustained housing. All staff will undergo appropriate training to make this important transition a reality for as many clients as possible.

Our Human Trafficking team is now up to full complement with the arrival of two new staff members: Carolina Mundo, HT Advocate, and Nathaniel Sawyer, HT Coordinator- Labor Trafficking. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lena Bustamantez, HT Coordinator has worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm to keep the program running while supporting clients remotely. The team will now be able to harness the same passion to support clients who have been trafficked for labor purposes. Recent funding from the Community Foundation for Monterey County will also allow us to grow our organizational capacity in this area.

Below are the types of support we provide.  Community support of these programs is necessary to keep these vital services alive. We rely fully on the generosity of the community.  Please consider making a donation today to help take action against human trafficking and support the victims. Take a look at some of the services you would be supporting with your contribution.

Human Trafficking Program We provide Case Management
where participants are monitored by specialized
case management personnel.
Transitional housing case management is
provided upon qualification.We provide housing referrals. The victim is assessed and referrals are made to local or out of county safe house program to fulfill the basic need.

We believe it is highly critical to provide Supportive Counseling/Therapy where Participants have access to on-site and off-site counseling referrals. Alternative therapeutic settings including equine therapy, art therapy and yoga have proven to be helpful.

In addition to the above, the Case Manager will assess which of the following would be beneficial:

  • Addiction Treatment/Services
  • AOD counseling
  • Celebrate Recovery sessions
  • Workshops
  • Education/Job Training
    All participants are assisted with educational
    and/or job placement
  • Volunteer opportunities and Community
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Emergency Fund Assistance
    Legal Fees
    Medical Needs
    Relocation Assistance
    Court Preparation

Generosity of the community makes these programs possible.

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