"These women...in their unbreakable will, in their courage, in their resilience, they remind us that this cycle can be broken; victims can become not only survivors, they can become leaders and advocates, and bring about change."
FROM VULNERABLE TO ViCTORIOUS
i-5 SUPPORT AT EACH MILEPOST
VULNERABILITY FACTORS Victims of trafficking often have a combination of vulnerabilities that lead them or force them into the life. These may include prior abuse, the foster care system, lack of a strong support structure, exploitation by family members or other trusted relationships.
(school, hospital, church)
Mandated reporters, service providers, and community members have an opportunity to identify and report trafficking when effectively educated and accurately informed. Trained personnel like teachers, church leaders, and health care staff can ask the right questions, build trust, and direct victims towards resources.
Trained hotel and motel associates also have an opportunity to disrupt, intervene, and provide access to services for victims.
Officers trained to take a victim-centered approach, elected officials adopting survivor and trauma-centered laws, and compassionate and competent authorities can have huge impacts on a survivor’s future.
VICTORY: Moving past
the life and starting
a new journey.
Survivors regain their footing and security. Support services and a sense of community and confidence can help them overcome past obstacles, get an education or career, and achieve economic independence.