Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ+ Human Trafficking Victims

June 2015

This resource is made available by the Polaris Project


“Youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) reportedly face higher rates of discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Subsequently, they may be at higher risk of trafficking and exploitation due to this increased marginalization. Studies have shown that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented among runaway and homeless youth (RHY) populations, as they experience more frequent harassment, family rejection, violence and economic instability. LGBTQ youth often report challenges in locating and accessing services. Safe shelter and access to culturally sensitive services are consistent barriers to self-sufficiency for LGBTQ youth who have been trafficked.”

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