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Are you ready to not just be in a place of surviving all the time?

Since 2004, we have assisted over 1,037 victims of human trafficking - labor, sex, foreign, and U.S. Of those who received emergency victim assistance, only a small percentage are ready to move beyond those basic needed assistance. The steps needed for every person to evolve, in all its complexities: from victim, to survivor, to thriver, to self-advocate - is not an easy one. Not all will make this path. For clients who choose to continue to participate in a victim services program and want to persevere beyond being a victim, with the right support alongside them, it is not an impossible step.  

The types of needs status is measured based on shelter, clothes/food, medical, substance abuse, mental health, social, employment, education, legal, and life skills. Comprehensive case management support is not an unlimited financial resource, and needs to be within the guidelines of available funding resources and meeting reasonable services criteria. Extending services to clients beyond emergency victim assistance is meant to help towards independently living, not continue to have the client be dependent on service providers for all means of life needs.

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"When I first came to Southern California, I was still reeling from the aftermath of the DA's Office (where I was originally from) dropping the felony charges against my perpetrator. It was a time when I needed more than I could even comprehend. There were the obvious things like a place to stay, food and clothing, and a place to be safe from my trafficker. But, there were also the things that we don't even know we need in the beginning. Today, I am able to look back and say that the Task Force provided me so much m ore than I ever thought possible.

As time goes on, one of the most important roles provided is the consistent person on my team. I feel that my advocate has been there when no one else was. She provided me with a glimpse of what my life can look like. She has been there for meetings that I needed her to be my emotional support. She has fought for me when I was ready to give up. Although she doesn't do the work for me, she encourages and supports me in my decisions. For a person coming from a place of absolute powerlessness, that is one of the most important things an advocate can do. To encourage you to make your own decisions is an all important first step in the healing process.

They also provide financial assistance that a victim needs from toiletries to personal things. They offer classes that are empowering and fun. There is a spirit of support amongst the people that care for the victims. For the victims, all this allows us to move from victim to survivor. Day to day my needs have changed or maybe it is just that I can see them more clearly now. For most of my journey I have found that my advocate has been one of the most important parts of the healing process for me. 

To say I owe my life in part to the victim service providers is an understatement and I know that I will forever be grateful to them for their support and assistance." - Survivor

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