Project Rescue, Anti-Human Trafficking Program is a program designed to assist victims of human trafficking identified in the State of Connecticut. It is funded under a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, within the U. S. Department of Justice and is operated by the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN).
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims who are forced, defrauded or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. It is estimated that approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims are trafficked annually across international borders, and between 14,000 and 17,000 of those victims are trafficked into the US. These estimates include men, women and children. Trafficking is a crime which is often hidden from view and difficult to identify. Trafficking victims may suffer physical and emotional abuse, rape, financial exploitation, threats against themselves and their families, passport theft, and even death. While the precise extent of the problem in Connecticut is not clear at this time, it is certain that victims of trafficking are present in the state.
In cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and federal and local law enforcement, Project Rescue was established to provide help to these victims. The aims of this program are:
Under the Project, comprehensive services include:
While many of these services are provided by IICONN the Project makes referrals to other cooperating community organizations, to ensure that the individualized needs of each victim are met.
Project Rescue also provides education and outreach to the community regarding the issues and data of human trafficking in Connecticut. These outreach efforts are primarily geared toward health care providers, victim service providers, adult education providers and other groups where potential victims of abuse may be identified. We also provide outreach and education directed to the general public about the nature of trafficking and about the help that is available in Connecticut..
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us. If you are part of a social service agency or other group that you think could benefit from training on trafficking issues, such as victim identification or dealing with victims, please contact us. This is not just a problem that exists elsewhere. It is here in Connecticut also. Call the Bridgeport office at 203 336-0141, the National Trafficking Hotline (888 373-7888) or email at email@example.com.
For additional information about human trafficking and how you can make a difference, see The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking at www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking
You can learn more about the work of the United Nations on this issue through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/index.html