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MCEDSV RELEASES NEW HUMAN TRAFFICKING TOOLKIT FOR DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICE PROVIDERS IN MICHIGAN  

PRESS RELEASE

January 14, 2020

For Immediate Release

 

MCEDSV RELEASES NEW HUMAN TRAFFICKING TOOLKIT FOR DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICE PROVIDERS IN MICHIGAN

Human trafficking has been described as “the business of stealing freedom for profit” (www.polarisproject.org). This critical problem has become a scourge on our society. Sarah Prout-Rennie, JD, the Executive Director of the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is proud to announce the creation of a Human Trafficking Toolkit. This document will support domestic and sexual assault providers with the tools to serve these brave survivors. Human trafficking is rooted in the same dynamics of power and control often found in domestic and sexual violence, but not all survivors of human trafficking experience sexual or domestic violence.  As an organization with a commitment to anti-oppression, MCEDSV is honored to continue the fight to bring understanding to these often related and co-occurring traumas. “This toolkit will help to bring about a sea-change in how providers in Michigan understand human trafficking and how best to serve survivors,” said Ms. Prout-Rennie. “I am excited to announce its availability and proud of the diligent work of our team that made this happen.  We are honored to do the work.”

The new Human Trafficking Toolkit offers advocates the ability to better plan for, recognize, and support survivors of human trafficking. This toolkit presents an overview of human trafficking and its relationship to domestic violence and sexual assault. Many advocates are already serving those in need of these directed supports, even in cases where the advocate does not have direct knowledge of the survivor’s victimization. The toolkit supports intersectional, survivor-centered, and trauma-informed practices that prioritize the reduction of harm to survivors. The toolkit is free to those interested and can be downloaded through the following link:   Human Trafficking Toolkit

If you are interested in receiving training and technical assistance on trauma-informed service provision for survivors of human trafficking, please contact Sarah Prout-Rennie at sarah.proutrennie@mcedsv.org.

If you, or someone you know, needs help, contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at (1- 800-799-SAFE), or the Michigan Sexual Assault VOICES4 Hotline (talk/text/chat 855VOICES4). To find your local program in Michigan, visit https://mcedsv.org/providerdirectory/

Please contact Sarah Prout-Rennie, JD, MCEDSV Executive Director at sarah.proutrennie@mcedsv.org or (517) 347-7000 ex. 14 with any questions.