The wait is over!
October 17, 2014
This is the final update, there is no one-year progress report.
So far, 13 human trafficking survivors are off the waiting list to receive our help.
Here are two of their journeys:
“Amaya” was a victim of sex trafficking at the hands of the Japanese mafia. When she received a student visa to the U.S., Amaya thought she could start a new life. Instead, her host family forced her into domestic servitude, threatening and abusing her. CAST helped Amaya report the crimes against her to law enforcement and is helping Amaya get a legal visa to stay in the U.S.
“Toni” was born in L.A. and was forced into commercial sexual exploitation at age 13. She was in bondage to dozens of different traffickers who constantly abused her. At 25, Toni finally escaped. With support from a faith-based community, she stabilized and became a licensed medical technician. However, Toni has a record of arrests for crimes she was forced to commit. CAST is working on getting these convictions dismissed so that Toni can pursue her career goals.
Risks and challenges
Even though 13 people were taken off of the waiting list, CAST enrolled 33 new clients since this grant was funded. This means that 20 people had more pressing needs than the people on the original waitlist. All of these survivors need help. They are out of immediate danger, but are fragile, scared, and at-risk until stabilized. Survivors on the wait list are essentially transient and we risk losing contact with them. The demand for services can be overwhelming, and the increasing numbers of people who need help mean that the waitlist may keep growing.
“Toni is a really amazing person. The way she has overcome so many difficulties really inspires me.” - CAST Staff Attorney
Recovery from the trauma of human trafficking takes time. We will continue to provide survivors with food, housing, medical care, mental health care, and legal services.
Your support provides for both immediate needs and individualized plans for long-term recovery.
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Individualized Action Plans
Food, Clothing, Shelter, Transportation
Thank you for your support!
CAST regularly partners with the Long Beach Police Department to provide immediate relief to human trafficking victims. CAST was acknowledged by Chief Jim McDonnell at this press conference.
30 victims are waiting to receive crucial services. Help these survivors rebuild their lives.
Why we care: Hundreds of men, women, and children live as modern slaves in Los Angeles. They suffer constant abuse and difficult labor in places like private homes and brothels.
How we’re solving this: By working together with 30 human trafficking survivors to create action plans to rebuild their lives.
At the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), trauma experts provide comprehensive support to victims, from food to clothing to housing.
Although they face severe punishment and even death for attempting to escape, more and more victims are courageously calling CAST’s 24-hour human trafficking hotline. For the last two years, hotline calls have doubled each year.
As a hub for crucial services, survivors receive medical care, counseling, legal help, and more at CAST. Our interdisciplinary services range from reuniting survivors with loved ones after years of separation to training survivors to enter the mainstream workforce. In addition, we help survivors experience physical and emotional restoration. Survivors receive tools they need to live independently, and perhaps more importantly, they learn to trust and hope again.
Recovery from the horrific experience of being trafficked takes intensive time and resources. CAST has a proven track record of empowering survivors to live productive and free lives. Each person on the waiting list needs $5,000 worth of specialized services to start the journey of rebuilding his or her life. We want to change the lives of 30 survivors on the waiting list by raising $150,000. The funds collected will be used for legal services, individualized recovery treatment, food, clothing, shelter and transportation.
One challenge we face is making sure we don’t lose contact with the survivors who have reached out for our help. Because these survivors are on a waiting list for services, they are essentially transient, and we risk losing contact with them. Their traffickers may find them and punish them with severe violence and perhaps even death.
These brave survivors have taken the risk to contact us. We can’t let them down.