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Aug 23, 2021
Lea esto en español Just as the number of trafficking victims increased in 2020, so did the number of traffickers. People who traffic usually work as brothel and fake massage business owners or managers, employers of domestic servants like nannies or maids, members of gangs or criminal networks, agricultural labor recruiters or farm growers, factory owners, pimps, small business owners or managers, labor brokers, foster care affiliates, or sex workers. While they may also work in the informal sector, human traffickers can also be the romantic partner or family member of the victim.
Aug 23, 2021
Lea esto en español Trafficking victims come from many different types of backgrounds — they are diverse and often go unnoticed. Survivors of trafficking are part of your community — they might be the person who services our vehicle at a local auto repair shop, the teenager working at their families restaurant, or a close friend or family member who never shared their story.   Across the board, we don’t have much information about the victims of human trafficking. It is an industry shrouded in shame, fear, and secrecy. What we do know is that most trafficking victims identify
Aug 23, 2021
Lea esto en español The COVID-19 pandemic has shown more clearly the established trends and patterns of trafficking, which have been in place since 1950, along with new ways to traffic people via the internet. Trafficking, like other underground crimes, are difficult to understand fully. Since the pandemic, the demand for victims has ramped up to meet growing demand and increased vulnerability. Although California has the highest number of persons trafficked per year due to its population (followed by Texas and Florida), Nevada has the highest trafficking per capita. Urban cities
Aug 23, 2021
La Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito (UNODC) publicó un informe de alerta roja explicando el empeoramiento de las tendencias del tráfico y explotación sexual durante la pandemia de la COVID-19. Investigaciones recientes indican que la COVID-19 ha incrementado la tasa de incidencia de tráfico sexual por un 40%, no sólo globalmente sino también en EEUU. El tráfico de seres humanos es una de las industrias financieramente más lucrativas de crimen ilegal en el mundo. Los traficantes no sólo se han beneficiado de la desesperación financiera que la pandemia ha causado, sino
Aug 23, 2021
Lea esto en español The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently released a red alert report explaining a worsening sex-trafficking and exploitation trend during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent research has indicated that COVID-19 has increased the incident rate of sex trafficking by 40%, not just in globally but in the USA as well. As the trafficking of human beings is one of the most financially lucrative illegal crime industries in the world, traffickers have not only benefited off of the financial desperation the pandemic has caused, but also
Aug 23, 2021
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health. Not only are we still dealing with a public health crisis, but we are also in the midst of a mental health crisis. In particular, the financial, emotional, and social stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic are exacerbated for communities of color, who are also dealing with the compounding effects of systemic racism. At NSVRC, we focus a lot on health equity, which our partners at Prevention Institute define as “everyone [having] a fair and just opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no
Aug 12, 2021
We’ve released a lot of new tools over the past year to support advocates in their work with male survivors of sexual assault. We want you to use these tools for individual and collective learning, so we designed a sample curriculum.  The curriculum is organized around the Working with Male Survivors online toolkit, especially the assessment tool Assessing Our Capacity for Serving Male Survivors of Sexual Violence. The curriculum has six sessions.  Each of the middle four sessions call for participants to start by completing reflection prompts and questions. The sessions then go on
Aug 10, 2021
New York Gov. Cuomo Resigns Following Findings of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Against Victims After 11 survivors came forward reporting sexual harassment, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that he will resign. Those survivors’ statements were captured in a thorough investigation by the Office of State Attorney General Letitia James, leading to a public outcry for the governor’s resignation. PCAR and NSVRC stand by the survivors that came forward to tell their story and withstood public victim-blaming from the governor’s office. We know these survivors
Aug 04, 2021
Athletes have oftentimes given us tales of triumph and victory. Small children look to these people as something to aspire to. Olympians are no exception. This year’s Olympics have brought forth triumph and tragedy in a time that still doesn’t feel right, but somewhat offers a glimpse of normalcy. With this in mind, I have chosen some encouraging children’s books that highlight stories of strength and persistence. I have also chosen some resources to help children recognize their feelings. As we have seen through these games, athletes are human too and deal with the same emotions that adults
Jul 22, 2021
With parents and caregivers working from home and children learning remotely, families may find themselves spending more time together lately. This extended time together is a great opportunity for parents and other caring adults to model healthy behaviors, relationships, and boundaries for the kids in their lives. But this can seem like a daunting task – where do you start? We spoke with Jackie Strohm, the Prevention & Resource Coordinator with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, about Safe Secure Kids, a website full of resources, activities, and information for parents, caregivers