Barriers to Seeking Services
Victims of trafficking face many challenges in seeking services due to their unique situations.
- Fear and distrust health care providers, government, and law enforcement.
- Are unaware that what is being done to them is a crime
- Do not consider themselves victims
- Blame themselves for their situations
- May develop loyalties and/or positive feelings toward trafficker as coping mechanisms
- May try to protect trafficker from authorities
- Sometimes victims do not know where they are, because traffickers frequently move them to escape detection
Undocumented immigrants in the US are highly vulnerable due to a combination of factors in addition to those listed above.
Those factors include:
- Do not speak English and are unfamiliar with the U.S. culture
- Lack of legal status and protections
- Limited employment options
- Poverty and immigration-related debts
- Social isolation
- Fear of deportation
Individuals are often victimized by traffickers from a similar ethnic or national background, on whom they may be dependent for employment or a means of support.
WEAVE provides culturally appropriate and trauma-informed services to help minimize barriers victims of trafficking may face.