Human trafficking, also known as “modern day slavery,” involves the use of power and control to force, defraud or coerce victims – often among society’s most vulnerable – into engaging in labor, services or commercial sex acts. Traffickers profit from the exploitation of other human beings. Human trafficking is a significant problem in New York due to its major ports of entry, long international border, diverse population, and varied landscape of large rural, urban and suburban areas.
My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has been serving survivors of human trafficking in Westchester County and the surrounding region since 2000. Since New York State passed its anti-trafficking legislation in 2007, MSP has served as the designated regional human trafficking services provider for our area. In 2010, support from LexisNexis and the Somaly Mam Foundation helped MSP launch a Human Trafficking Fellowship Initiative, enabling us to expand the services provided directly to human trafficking survivors, as well as the training, education and technical assistance we provide to members of our community.
Through the work of this Initiative, MSP has seen a tremendous increase in the number of requests for assistance in all kinds of trafficking cases, as well as in requests for formalized training on the issue. Since 2007, we have provided direct assistance to over 400 survivors of human trafficking and their family members, and have provided technical assistance in dozens of other cases. Our program has conducted nearly 100 trainings on how to identify and assist survivors, reaching over 3,000 first responders and community members.
MSP is also a proud member of the Freedom Network, a national coalition of anti-trafficking service providers and advocates with membership throughout the United States.
Westchester County Anti-Trafficking Task Force
To improve case identification, coordination and assistance to human trafficking victims throughout Westchester County, MSP co-founded the Westchester County Anti-Trafficking Task Force, along with partners at the Westchester District Attorney’s Office, the Pound Ridge Police Department, and the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA). The Task Force brings together a multidisciplinary team including federal, state and local law enforcement, government agencies, and social service providers committed to identifying and assisting victims and coordinating cases of human trafficking throughout Westchester County.
For more information, please call (914) 683-1333 and ask to speak with someone in MSP’s Human Trafficking Program.