On Jan. 11th, Alvis recognizes a day that directly connects to our clients: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. We also emphasize the significance of this entire month: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In 2011, President Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation to make this an official holiday across the United States.
What’s the tie between slavery and human trafficking? Human trafficking is seen as modern-day slavery. It is the illegal transporting of women, men, and children, typically for the purposes of forced labor or sex.
Alvis is passionate about supporting survivors and current victims of human trafficking, especially our clients. The Alvis CHAT Program helps women who have been caught in the throes of human trafficking, as they work to reenter society after experiencing extensive trauma. There is also a portion of human trafficking survivors enrolled in our Amethyst program. Many of these women are graduates of the CATCH Court, which is a conception of Judge Paul Herbert that focuses on rehabilitation and reentry services for women trafficking survivors.
CATCH Court, contrary to a regular court session, does not focus on sentencing, but rather, ensuring trauma-informed, rehabilitative care, so that survivors of sex trafficking can escape that damaging way of life. In turn, they receive support and resources so that they are empowered to take life back into their own hands. Alvis commends the CATCH Court for being an effective form of government intervention against human trafficking.
CHAT provides a great deal of care to clients, and we are so thankful for this program! The primary services we offer at CHAT include safe and sober housing, holistic treatment services including clinical treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health issues and trauma, comprehensive support services (case management, life skills instruction, and vocational services), and the tools to help clients build relationships with family, partners, and children.
We are so proud of all the graduates from our CHAT Program.
Blue Campaign, a national public awareness campaign that educates about the widespread crisis of human trafficking and how to correctly respond to cases, designates this day as #WearBlueDay. You are encouraged to wear blue with your fellow family members, friends, or colleagues, with the hashtag: #WearBlueDay.
Human trafficking is a pervasive issue across America. According to a recent social media post from Blue Campaign, The National Human Trafficking Hotline was contacted 48,326 times in 2019. There are an estimated 40.3 million victims of human trafficking in the world.
Migration Data Portal mentions a study provided by The Counter Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC), which illustrates that half of the human trafficking victims in the world are under 26, with the largest age group of trafficked victims being 15-17 years old. This is an issue that not only affects individuals, but entire families and communities. CTDC also claims that 80% of trafficked victims in the Americas are females, with a third being children.
To bring this closer to home, Ohio is ranked as the #6 state with the highest rate in human trafficking. This is not where we want to be, and Alvis is committed to being a part of the solution to this monumental issue.
#WearBlue today, and also spread the blue Alvis logo, with hopes that somebody in need of help can find our CHAT Program. Together, we can help survivors escape this malignant system of exploitation.
Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children’s services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.