IICONN's own Project Rescue, an Anti-Human Trafficking Program, is 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.
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:
> to provide comprehensive services to trafficking victims
> to build effective community service networks to respond to victims’ needs
> to provide training to service providers and the public
Under the Project, comprehensive services include:
· Housing assistance
· English and job training skills
· Health services
· Language and cultural assistance
· Legal and immigration services
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, 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 IICONN at (203) 336-0141, the National Trafficking Hotline (888) 373-7888 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.