Article by Amber Cammack
Harris County Sheriff, Constables, District Attorney, CPS and any other political leaders running on “Trafficking Votes” PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION(This includes you too, PCT 4 Constable Mark Herman, Sheriff Gonzales. I am not sure if you realize this but You guys are running two very large law enforcement agencies located in the United States Of America. Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman has a 54 million dollar budge. PLEASE NOTE: the 54 million dollar budget does NOT include revenue made from your homeowners and traffic violations.
OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE ELECTED OFFICALS. POLITICS ARE DIRTY. THE POWER FOR CHANGE IS HELD IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE……
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS
HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROTECTION CHECKLIST
This checklist represents a non-exhaustive collection of effective victim protection practices compiled by the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from a variety of sources, including NGOs and foreign governments. The suggestions listed may not be feasible or appropriate in all situations, but represent practices that governments may consider in developing victim protection strategies.
☆Develop and implement standard operating procedures to identify trafficking victims among vulnerable populations.
☆These standard operating procedures should include indicators of human trafficking tailored to local circumstances.
☆Train government personnel, particularly first responders and those in the immigration, labor, child welfare, and law enforcement sectors, to identify and refer
victims to the appropriate services.
☆Implement victim identification training for health care workers, attorneys, social workers, teachers, workplace inspectors,
child welfare advocates, religious leaders, and other professionals likely to encounter victims of human trafficking.
☆Conduct targeted public awareness campaigns that are culturally and linguistically appropriate within communities,
industries, and areas at risk of human trafficking.
☆ Conduct screenings for potential trafficking victims among those incarcerated or held in immigration detention centers,
as victims may be arrested or detained by law enforcement for crimes committed as a result of their trafficking situation.
☆Adopt programs to screen vulnerable immigrant populations, including asylum seekers and unaccompanied children,
at the border and at sea for indicators of human trafficking.
☆Inform citizen and noncitizen workers of their rights relevant to the workplace and of other rights to facilitate the
self-reporting of labor violations and exploitation, including human trafficking.
☆Establish and publicize a national hotline with relevant language options to facilitate referrals to law enforcement
and service providers for victims of trafficking.
☆ Ensure appropriate interpretation skills are available among first responders and officials screening potential victims for trafficking indicators.
☆Monitor private sector industries with a high risk of labor exploitation, including human trafficking.
☆Take measures to protect the identity of victims in press statements and other public documents, including allowing victims to decide whether to disclose
☆Keep trafficking victims’ identities and information confidential in legal proceedings, to the extent consistent with domestic law.
☆ Enable victim testimony to be presented in the least traumatizing manner during criminal proceedings against their traffickers, consistent with domestic law.
☆Train law enforcement personnel on victim rights and protections so that they treat such persons as victims, rather than penalize them for unlawful acts they committed as a direct result of their trafficking.
☆Enact laws that allow both adult and child trafficking victims to seek court orders vacating or expunging criminal convictions entered against them for a wide variety of nonviolent crimes they were forced to commit.
☆Create law enforcement protocols that mandate appropriate protection for and treatment of trafficking victims.
Enact laws that permit trafficking victims to seek legal recourse against their traffickers and financial restitution for their loss and trauma.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROTECTION CHECKLIST
☆This checklist represents a non-exhaustive collection of effective victim protection practices compiled by the
State Department’s Office to Monitor and
☆Combat Trafficking in Persons from a variety of sources, including NGOs and foreign
governments. The suggestions listed may not be feasible or appropriate in all situations, but represent practices that governments
may consider in developing victim protection strategies.
☆Provide victims with information about their rights and any relevant legal proceedings in a language they understand.
☆Take appropriate and feasible measures to protect trafficking victims and their family members from intimidation and retaliation from traffickers.
☆Provide access to services and support to victims during legal proceedings to help ease the burden of cooperation.
☆Make appropriate services available to victims, including medical care; emergency and transitional housing in addition to longer-term housing assistance; mental health counseling; substance abuse treatment; food aid; clothing assistance; educational and vocational training and placement; family location and reunification; translation and interpretation; advocacy in the criminal justice system; spiritual support; criminal, civil, and immigration legal assistance; safety
planning; repatriation; and assistance in finding and accessing these many services.
☆Ensure shelter and services are appropriate for victims’ age, gender, and special needs.
Permit victims to decide whether to accept shelter and services.
☆Fund experienced NGOs to provide shelter and services.
☆Create victim assistance information about available services, and distribute at appropriate locations.
☆Make available to trafficking victims temporary immigration status coupled with work authorization to provide stability, including during participation in an investigation or prosecution.
☆Facilitate the voluntary, safe repatriation of trafficking victims who desire it.
Fund reintegration services for returning victims.
☆Explore third-country resettlement if return to the country of origin would not be safe and may include hardship, retribution, or re-exploitation.
Make available the option of immigration status as a long-term solution when return would not be safe or could include hardship, retribution, or re-exploitation.
ENGAGING SURVIVORS OF
Survivors play a vital role in combating human trafficking. Survivors should not be seen only as recipients of services; they run organizations, advocate before legislatures, train law enforcement officers, conduct public outreach, and work with government officials.
The survivor voice is vital in establishing effective anti-trafficking strategies that address prosecution, protection, and prevention. The appointment of the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking in
December 2015 established a formal platform for human trafficking survivors to advise and make recommendations to the federal government on anti-trafficking
policies and programs. This marked a significant milestone in the anti-trafficking movement, as it demonstrates both to survivors and governments around the
world the importance of survivor engagement in all efforts to combat this crime.
Governments, civil society, and businesses should understand how to engage with survivors appropriately and responsibly, whether within the criminal justice system, through the provision of services, in the adoption and implementation of corporate policies, or in efforts to advocate for social change.
The following list, although not exhaustive, delineates several guidelines for meaningful engagement with survivors:
§ Promote survivor empowerment and self-sufficiency. Survivors of human trafficking should have access to services that are comprehensive, victim-centered, and culturally appropriate, including long-term care, to promote autonomy. Additionally, survivors should have access to vocational
training, skill development courses, financial counseling, and educational scholarships.
§ Use a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach. All engagement with survivors, as well as all anti-trafficking work, should incorporate a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach to minimize re-traumatization and ensure an understanding of the impact of trauma on the
individual. The victim-centered approach seeks to minimize re-traumatization associated with involvement in the criminal justice process by providing the support of victim service providers, empowering survivors as engaged participants in the process, and providing survivors an opportunity to play a role in seeing their traffickers brought to justice.
A trauma-informed approach includes an understanding of the physical, social, and emotional impact of trauma on the individual, as well as on the professionals who help them.
§ Hire and compensate. Survivors know first hand how to improve anti-trafficking efforts and should be hired and compensated for their expertise. It is important for agencies and organizations to create opportunities to employ survivors as staff members, consultants, or trainers. Survivors, like any other employee or consultant, deserve financial compensation for their time and expertise.
§ Incorporate input. Government agencies, victim service providers, law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses should listen carefully to survivor recommendations and incorporate survivor input in both the design and implementation of anti-trafficking policies,
programs, trainings, and advocacy efforts.
§ Protect confidentiality. Agencies and organizations interacting with survivors should protect survivors’ identities and privacy appropriately and establish policies and procedures on confidentiality.
§ Require participation. Requiring a survivor to participate in a program deprives him or her of autonomy and the right to self-determination.
Survivors should be empowered to make their own decisions about the care they would like to receive.
§ Overpromise. Law enforcement officials, victim service providers, and government agencies should avoid making promises and commitments they cannot keep. In particular, they should not promise services to gain a survivor’s cooperation.
§ Re-traumatize. When engaging with survivors, do not push them to recount their personal story unnecessarily. Similarly, don’t share the details of a survivor’s story without gaining permission and providing context for how the information will be used.
§ Sensationalize the individual’s experience. The use of graphic language or shocking imagery to depict human trafficking promotes myths and misconceptions about this crime and can re-traumatize survivors.
§ Photograph or publish information without consent. It is a survivor’s decision to participate in any outreach, marketing, social media, or
publicity efforts. Publishing a survivor’s name or story without their informed consent could compromise the survivor’s safety and well-being. If a survivor is willing, always ask how they would like to be described (e.g., survivor, advocate, etc.) and allow the survivor to review any material for accuracy before publication.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TEENAGE CHILD GOES MISSING…..
1. NEVER ASSUME THEY ARE JUST A “RUNAWAY”….
**** 800,000 children are reported missing every year, and of …that, nearly half end up living on the streets. Then, of that 400,000 or so, 70 percent will become trafficking victims — most within the first 72 hours. Do the math, and that’s supposedly nearly 300,000 runaways a year trapped in the sex trade.
*****The average age for a teen entering the sex trade in the U.S. is between 12 and 14
******Houston ranks No. 1 among U.S. cities thought to have the most victims of human trafficking. The rank comes from new numbers released on the total calls made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center tip line. The crime is so underreported that FBI agents say calls to a national tip line indicate the size and location of the problem. Among states, Texas ranks second. Only California had more calls in 2013, according to the FBI.
“The fact that slavery exists today is embarrassing. It’s frustrating, frightening and tragic… every child, runaway or not, needs to be located asap.. Dangers lurk on every corner and no ones child is untouchable. Its our job to protect the children in our community and when dealing with human trafficking, early intervention and immediately taking action is the key to bringing possible victims home.” ~Amber Cammack~
2. Immediately call your local law enforcement agency and report your child missing..
*****When you call law enforcement:
Be ready to provide law enforcement with your child’s name, date of birth, height, weight, PHOTO, and descriptions of any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses, scars, medical conditions and braces. Tell them when you noticed your child was missing and what clothing he or she was last seen wearing. Request(demand) law enforcement authorities immediately enter your child’s name and identifying information into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Missing Person File (aka The NCIC system)
3. After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST(1-800-843-5678).
*** One out of six endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2014 were likely child sex trafficking victims – increased from one in seven in 2013.
Yet even these numbers do not tell the whole story. What about the children who are not reported to NCMEC OR POLICE? They may come from communities that are unaware of missing and exploited children’s issues.
Prepare your community to take action by helping them learn about the issues.
Unfortunately, since many children are never reported missing, there is no reliable way to determine the total number of children who are actually missing in the U.S.
When a child is reported missing to law enforcement, federal law requires that child be entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, also known as NCIC.
According to the FBI, in 2016 there were 465,676 NCIC entries for missing children. Similarly, in 2015, the total number of missing children entries into NCIC was 460,699.
4. GET YOUR CHILD’S FACE OUT THERE
Missing persons flyers save lives. Post missing flyers at every street corner and on social media. Request help from non profit organizations like Operation Found Safe or Houstons Voice For The Missing…