The most effective approach in almost any aspect of exploitation and trafficking is collaborative. WikiCharities is being developed not only with nonprofits in mind, but we are also mindful of all community groups working on any issue to bridge the gap through improved collaboration.
Your idea for this online platform is brilliant. My biggest issue when I have trafficked victims is the lack of resources out there or that I know of.
Why don’t victims get help?
"It’s really not a question on whether they’ll [nonprofits] participate, it’s how we will get them to participate in these investigations and support the victims once we find them.”
– Lt. Derek Marsh, C-SPAN Border Crossing Issues, 48m long
“We immediately recognized we were in over our heads. Language barriers, immigration issues, food-clothing, shelter for the victims, initial interviews with the potential victims—all became problematic in different ways and demanded expertise and resources we did not know how to access.”
- Lt. Derek Marsh, Orange County & Bureau of Human Trafficking.What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery, John Vanek, 2019
“Victims service providers are often the experts that we’re going to pull from. So to cross train with them is really important. We should be cross-training one another and making sure the expertise that we all hold is being shared with our partners.”
— Global Summit on Ending Sexual Exploitation, July 2020. Attorney Advisors: Jane Anderson and Dalia Racine. AEquitas Resource
“It is of great concern that protection tools such as those focusing on Victim Case Management and Support, which assist victims in their reintegration after having been exploited, account for only 6% of all the tools, particularly given that the number of detected victims has been consistently increasing over recent years.”
— Val Richey, OSCE/Office of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Europe. 2017 Study Report, page 25
“The bottom line is: To really address trafficking, it is a partnership effort with state and local entities as well as NGOs. Anything that impedes that communication or the potential communication for that to exist I think favors trafficking organizations.”
– C-SPAN, 2007, minute 1:09. Victor Cerda, Former Director, Detention and Removal Program Immigration & Customs Enforcement
It is important for community leaders to understand what nonprofit services are available and what services are lacking to better support their community.
The more we work together, the more effective we will be in fighting human trafficking in all communities.
We will work better when we have more links to each other.