Legal Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking
All crimes that involve the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled sex or labor are deemed human trafficking.
There is no single profile of a trafficking victim. Victims of human trafficking can be anyone—regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, education level, or citizenship status.
Any person under the age of 18 who is engaged in commercial sex acts, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion, is a victim of human trafficking, even if they appear to consent to the commercial sex act. Learn More.
Studies show that individuals who have experienced violence and trauma in the past are more vulnerable to future exploitation, as the psychological effect of trauma is often long-lasting and challenging to overcome. Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war and conflict or social discrimination may be targeted by traffickers, who recognize the vulnerabilities left by these prior abuses. Violence and abuse may be normalized or beliefs of shame or unworthiness lead to future susceptibility to human trafficking.
Addressing the needs of victims of trafficking and victims of sexual assault require a multidisciplinary approach to address severe trauma and medical needs, immigration and other legal issues, safety concerns, shelter and other basic daily needs, and financial hardship. Most of the services victims of trafficking may need include emergency services, social services, and legal services. To be effective, an organization addressing these needs must have materials means, and know-how capabilities. Orpe Human Rights Advocates has robust infrastructure, platforms, and expertises in professional areas in which it intervenes.