Trafficking Happens Right Before Our Eyes

Human trafficking is sometimes considered a hidden crime, but the reality is that it happens right before our eyes. That’s why it is critical to be able to identify the signs of trafficking, to know how and where to report it, and to understand how to support survivors.

This month, we created a complication of recent resources and trainings centered around human trafficking and considerations for how advocates can respond if working with survivors. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking for more!


National Human Trafficking Hotline

This resource is available 24/7 for reporting human trafficking and looking for available resources. They have a call line, a text option, and an online chat. Their website hosts a variety of resources relevant for advocates and survivors.

View the website here

Phone number: (888) 373-7888

Text number: 233733

Online chat


National Human Trafficking Referral Directory: Michigan

National Human Trafficking Hotline

This online resource consists of anti-trafficking organizations and programs that offer emergency, transitional, or long-term services to victims and survivors of human trafficking as well as those that provide resources and opportunities in the anti-trafficking field.

Access this tool here


Labor Trafficking on Specific Temporary Work VISAs

July 2022

Polaris Project

This detailed report discusses the four types of temporary work VISAs that are most commonly held by survivors calling the human trafficking hotline to report their experiences. It discusses the intended purpose of these temporary VISAs and how people with these VISAs can be exploited and trafficked by employers. Lastly, it discusses policy changes and other prevention strategies that can be made to these work VISA programs to prevent these instances of labor trafficking.

Access the report here


Labor Trafficking 101: Learn The Basics

October 2020

Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

A panel of experts share information about potential indicators of labor trafficking, vulnerable industries, and a broad range of resources available to help organizations and tribes start, sustain, or grow their support services for victims of labor trafficking.

View the webinar here


Exploring the Intersections Between Human Trafficking and Missing or Murdered Indigenous People

September 2022

Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center

Both human trafficking and MMIP victims may have been exposed to domestic and sexual violence, adverse childhood experiences, substance use, poverty, and homelessness. While human trafficking can happen to anyone anywhere, traffickers often exploit these vulnerabilities. This webinar discusses the intersection between MMIP and human trafficking, provides resources to address these crises, and shares actionable steps forward.

View the webinar here

Looking for more human trafficking-related resources?

Looking for more human trafficking-related resources?

Check out last year’s compilation of resources: “How We Can Support Survivors Of Human Trafficking”