Human trafficking is a reality in our community. Vulnerable persons from Asian Pacific Islander communities are being coerced into lives of violence, wage theft, sexual abuse, and exploitation. Some of these victims are youth who go to school with your children or youth in your community. Adults you come into contact with on a regular basis may hide their pain and trauma, but there are signs you can learn about to identify possible human trafficking. These survivors are part of your community and you have the power to do something about it. Being silent adds to the shame a victim can feel. No one deserves to be subjected to exploitation for someone else’s profit.
This campaign, initiated and funded by the San Jose Police Department was a 8 month collaborative process with community based organizations and a creative team including Suzanne Boutillier and Traci Shiro. Focus groups were conducted to get input from Asian and Pacific Islander communities, to ensure the message hits home for our community! Human trafficking happens in our own communities and you have the ability to do something about it.
Realities of Human Trafficking in the South Bay
The South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking (SBCEHT) is the local effort that responds to human trafficking in the counties of Santa Clara and San Benito in California. Utilizing a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach, we are strengthening local capacity to respond to and identify human trafficking survivors. Our mission is to ensure the protection of victims, the prosecution of offenders, and the prevention of human trafficking and slavery through an effective coordinated partnership. Our vision is a world free from slavery. Our goals are to: (1) provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking; (2) raise awareness of human trafficking through community education and outreach; and (3) provide professional training to service providers.
We facilitate trainings, produce reports, and coordinate collaboration among law enforcement, victim services providers, and other critical agencies to identify and serve victims and successfully prosecute traffickers. Contact us for more information.
Most of the following organizations offer free or low-cost legal services and are
available to survivors regardless of immigration status.
Criminal Defense: Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender
Expungement and Vacatur: San Jose State University Record Clearance Project, Justice At Last, Inc., and Bay Area Legal Aid
Immigration: Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center Santa Clara University School of Law, Step Forward Foundation, Tahirih Justice Center, Justice At Last, Inc. , Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, and Bay Area Legal Aid
Employment Rights & Harassment: Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center Santa Clara University School of Law
Housing & Public Benefits: Bay Area Legal Aid
Are you or a loved one a survivor of sexual assault?
Contact the Golden Gate Silicon Valley YWCA or Community Solutions, both sexual assault certified agencies. They can connect you with a confidential advocate. Call your local law enforcement agency and speak with their Special Victim’s Unit.
Do you believe you or a loved one is a victim of human trafficking?
- Caution!! Do not put yourself or a potential survivor of human trafficking at risk of harm by asking sensitive questions when there are others may be listening.
- Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 888 373-7888 or you can text BeFree 233733.
- Call Community Solutions’ hotline (877) 363-7238 to speak to a confidential advocate. Or chat with one online at SafetChat Silicon Valley.
- Call your local law enforcement agency and speak with their Special Victim’s Unit. In San Jose, call San Jose Police Department’s Human Trafficking Taskforce 408-277-8900, available 24/7 in multiple languages, or you can report online.
Have you seen exploitative material online that involves children?
You can report it to the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children