The Salvation Army STOP-IT Program provides comprehensive case management services to all victims of human trafficking and is co-leader of the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force. STOP-IT works directly with suspected trafficked persons no matter their age, race, gender, immigration status or sexual orientation. STOP-IT works with adults and minors, sex and labor trafficking survivors, domestic (US citizens and lawful permanent residents) and foreign national (documented and undocumented). STOP-IT also operates a biweekly drop-in, which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m.
The Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC) is a federally funded collaborative of 6 partner organizations and over 40 service providers, led by Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS). NTAC coordinates and provides quality, trauma-informed and culturally appropriate services to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking and their family members in New England, New York, New Jersey, the Great Lakes, and the Upper Midwest. Heartland Human Care Services in Chicago, IL is the coordinating agency for the Midwest Region (MI, WI, IL, IN).
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The Human Trafficking Initiative, a project of Metropolitan Family Services’ Legal Aid Society, has been at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking in the Chicago area since 2012. The project provides free, holistic legal representation to survivors of human trafficking on legal issues related to their exploitation. A federal grant has enabled the Human Trafficking Initiative to provide anti-trafficking training and technical assistance to professionals to help identify and refer trafficking survivors.
T-SAP provides comprehensive legal services for U.S. citizen and non-citizen trafficking survivors in Illinois. Services include assistance with immigration, public benefits, employment, housing, family law, expungement, special education and bankruptcy. Services are free for persons whose income falls below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Founded in 1964, DCFS has the primary responsibility of protecting children and strengthening families through the investigation and intervention of suspected child abuse or neglect by parents and other caregivers. Over the last four years, DCFS received more than one million calls to our Child Abuse Hotline, offering and coordinating services wherever needed to help children remain in their homes safely. In instances where children must be removed from the home for their safety and well-being, DCFS makes every effort to return them safely to their homes as quickly as possible. When that simply is not possible, DCFS is equally committed to pursuing adoption by loving families to provide children with the permanent, safe, and nurturing homes they need and deserve to reach their fullest potential. As part of its duties, DCFS licenses and monitors all Illinois child welfare agencies and more than 14,000 day care centers, homes, group homes and day care agencies in the state.
Please contact the DCFS Human Trafficking Coordinator, Stacy Sloan, at 217-785-1898 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Each year, the FBI investigates thousands of crimes involving hundreds of thousands of victims. As a vital partner in the FBI's response to crime, Victim Specialists work directly with FBI Special Agents to ensure that victims of crimes investigated by the FBI are provided their legal rights and are connected to critical support, services and resources.
Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence. Apna Ghar empowers women to be self-sufficient by a full spectrum of services from education to emergency housing to counseling and legal services.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is committed to providing women with the support and tools needed to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and make valuable contributions to their communities.
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