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Survivors of Torture

The Mission of the SoT Program is to empower foreign-born survivors of torture to heal from trauma, regain independence, and lead productive lives through the provision of comprehensive, client-focused services, including immigration-legal services, mental health counseling, case management, social services, and referrals to quality healthcare in the community. The SOT Program predominantly serves the Greater Bridgeport area, however clients with transportation in surround areas can also be served.
 
Case Management Services
 
Our case managers help survivors of torture meet basic needs and reach economic self-sufficiency through individualized, client-centered case management services. At IICONN and with collaboration with community partners, survivors of torture can access ESL classes, employment assistance, financial literacy services, educational and vocational assistance, aid in applying for food stamps and other state or federal benefits, food assistance, clothing, toiletries and household items. Through a partnership with the American Red Cross, survivors can trace missing family members due to conflict or natural disaster.
 
Health Services
 
Survivors of Torture of all legal statuses may benefit from healthcare and medical advocacy through strategic partnership with local health clinics. Survivors of torture can receive primary, secondary, dental care and substance abuse treatment including those who are not insured.
 
How to Receive Services
 
If you or someone you know has experienced violence perpetrated by a government or other armed actor, you/he/she may be eligible for our services. If you are community provider who would like to learn more about the prevalence, consequences of torture and treatment strategies used to serve survivors, the geopolitical, cultural context of the countries from where survivors come, or about our services, please contact the Survivors of Torture Program Manager at (203) 336-0141.
 

Project Rescue & Anti-Human Trafficking

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:
 
· English and job training skills
· Housing assistance
· Health services
· Language and cultural assistance
· Transportation
· Legal and immigration services
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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 projrescue@iiconn.org.