Carleen Victoria, Rachel Velasco, Malika Gujrati, Mevi Gray, Ingrid Amezquita
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
This report serves to inform anti-trafficking organizations who conduct outreach, as well as the broader community, of the current trends in outreach methods, and whether or not these implementations have been successful. In addition, the aim is to highlight organizations with effective methods and tools, which can be replicated in diverse communities, and have a high impact in reaching trafficked persons. The following points are explained in detail in this report:
1. Based on varying objectives and differing understandings of how to conduct more effective outreach, organizations target different populations in their anti-trafficking efforts.
2. Providing information about the crime of human trafficking and the assistance available to the victims of the crime remains central to the task of the various organizations. It is not simply about finding the victims it is about creating a society more alert to the crime.
3. Determining the effectiveness of outreach activities remains a challenge for many organizations, as they face the constraints of limited staffing and limited funding, as well as the challenge of the difficulty of identification of victims.
4. There is a general disjointedness between the anti-trafficking efforts of the organizations and the anti-trafficking efforts of the law enforcement agencies. Their collaboration is not always a mutually-reinforcing one.