Resources

 

Brochures and Handbooks

Safe Harbour Printable Brochure

Responding to Commercially Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth: A Handbook for Child Serving Professionals

 

Screening Tools

(DSS staff are required to utilize the first two OCFS tools, but any of the three tools below can also be utilized by the community to screen for trafficking).

OCFS - 3921 Rapid Screening Tool  

OCFS - 3920 Comprehensive Screening Tool

Trafficking Victim Identification Tool  (Long and short version), Vera Institute of Justice, 2014.

This scientifically validated tool screens for sex and labor trafficking.

o The tool was tested on 180 adult clients; an additional 53 administrative cases were screened.

 o Testing was conducted by 11 victim services agencies in New York, California, Colorado, Texas and Washington.

 

 Forms 

Referral for Case Management Services or to provide data to the Safe Harbour Program

NYS Referral of Human Trafficking Victim Form (Use this form to confirm a victim through OTDA and DCJS). **This process does not require or prompt a law enforcement investigation.**

OCFS 3922 Law Enforcement Report of a Child Sex Trafficking Victim (DSS Caseworkers Only)

  

Hotlines

A number of existing hotlines accept crisis calls from survivors, tips about trafficking and exploitation from the public, provide referrals for survivors and service providers, and support survivors when counseling is unavailable. 

TO REPORT EMERGENCIES AND TIPS

9-1-1

 Dialing "9-1-1" from any telephone will link the caller to an emergency dispatch center which can send emergency responders to the caller's location. 9-1-1 should be called in any situation where immediate danger is present.

 

LOCAL HOTLINES:

Family of Woodstock: 845-338-2370

Family of Woodstock Text and Chat: 845-679-2485 

Crime Victims Assistance Program/Rape Crisis Hotline: 845-340-3442 (TTY available upon request)

Worker Justice Center of New York: 1-800-905-9644 or 845-331-6615 (These are not hotline numbers, but the organization can assist with labor trafficking crimes, worker advocacy, workplace safety, and legal education).

 

NATIONAL AND STATEWIDE HOTLINES:

 

Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR)

1-800-342-3720

OCFS maintains a Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR) for reports made pursuant to the Social Services Law. The SCR receives calls alleging child abuse or maltreatment within New York State. It relays information to the local Child Protective Services for investigation, monitors their prompt response, and identifies if there are prior child abuse or maltreatment reports. The Hotline receives calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week from two sources: mandated reporters and non-mandated reporters, including the public. To learn more visit  http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/

National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)

1-888-3737-888 - call

BeFree (233733) - text

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a federally funded, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 200 languages. The NHTRC is operated by Polaris, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. It is not a government entity, law enforcement, or immigration authority.

The NHTRC accepts tips of trafficking situations, crisis calls from survivors, and calls from law enforcement and service providers looking to connect with resources in their area via call or text message. It keeps data on the calls it receives on their website http://traffickingresourcecenter.org/

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Call Center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call center receives reports of missing youth and tips about missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC relays tips to the appropriate law enforcement representatives and provides support to the families of missing youth. Leads and tips about missing and sexually exploited children can also be reported to NCMEC via the CyberTipline at http://www.missingkids.com/

 New York State Department of Labor

1-888-469-7365

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) protects workers, assists the unemployed, and connects job seekers to jobs. DOL enforces labor laws, including those addressing minimum wage, overtime pay, and child labor laws for all workers, even if workers are paid off the books or are not documented.  For assistance or to file a complaint, contact the hotline above. For more information visit http://www.labor.ny.gov/.

1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

The National Runaway Safeline is for teens who are thinking of running away from home, have friends who left home, or who left home and want to go back. This 24-hour crisis line is anonymous, confidential and free.

 

HELPLINES FOR SURVIVORS

 

For Survivor By Survivor Hotline (Courtney’s House)

1-888-261-3665

The Survivor Hotline is available to survivors, their families, and allies who need an understanding person to talk to, often when therapeutic services are unavailable. The hotline is answered by survivors of sex trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It does not accept tips. http://www.courtneyshouse.org/ 

National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)

1-888-3737-888 - call

BeFree (233733) - text

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a federally funded, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 200 languages. The NHTRC is operated by Polaris, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. It is not a government entity, law enforcement, or immigration authority.

The NHTRC accepts tips of trafficking situations, crisis calls from survivors, and calls from law enforcement and service providers looking to connect with resources in their area via call or text message. It keeps data on the calls it receives on their website http://traffickingresourcecenter.org/

National Sexual Assault Hotline (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, RAINN)

1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

The National Sexual Assault Hotline instantly connects callers to their local rape crisis center. Callers can request assistance or just use the number to talk to someone who understands. All calls are anonymous and confidential unless the caller chooses to share personally-identifying information. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) also operates the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, which provides free, anonymous help and support services online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Online Hotline can be accessed at https://hotline.rainn.org/online/terms-of-service.jsp

2-1-1(United Way)

2-1-1 is a telephone service that links callers with essential human services, including shelter, employment, food pantries, support groups, and other services. 2-1-1 can be accessed anywhere in New York State by survivors or service providers looking for service referrals.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline accepts calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Calls are answered by trained crisis workers. They can listen to your problems and connect you with local supportive services. All calls are free and confidential.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or an unhealthy relationship. Trained professionals answer calls and can connect you to local supports or simply listen to your concerns.

 

Cyber Safety/Anti-bullying/Engaging Youth Resources

LOVE146: Internet Safety Guide

Do's and Don'ts When Discussiong Child Trafficking

I-Empathize