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Annual Fundraiser Spotlights Human Trafficking in Our Backyards
The Center for Improving Women's Lives held its third annual "Sip and Support" fundraiser in May to raise awareness of human trafficking in Northern Virginia and share ways to not only help spot and prevent it but also assist recovering victims.
Board members also spotlighted the problem of domestic violence and announced a new financial literacy course they are teaching to at-risk women impacted by a range of issues such as trafficking, domestic violence or incarceration.
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For families experiencing domestic violence, the holidays can be especially challenging—many survivors are living with their children in temporary or emergency shelter and housing without the resources to give gifts or presents. The DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence needs your help to support these families and spread holiday cheer!
As part of HuffPost’s series “A Forgotten Crisis,” which examines domestic violence in the military, we interviewed many victims of abuse. We also asked readers to send us their personal stories. While their experiences occurred over decades, in different locations and across all branches of the military, many of the stories have similar themes.
These pages provide an overview of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as more detailed information about specific forms of abuse.
Substance use coercion, or forced drug use, by an intimate partner has largely gone undetected by addiction psychiatrists, but a recent survey shows the practice is "disturbingly common." Results of a survey conducted by the National Domestic Violence Hotline that included more than 3000 callers revealed that 43% of respondents had experienced some type of substance use coercion by their partner.
Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) are touting legislation designed to ensure the intelligence community prioritizes resources to combat Northern Triangle and Mexico drug trafficking, human trafficking, and human smuggling. The representatives previously introduced the Trafficking and Smuggling Intelligence Act, which recently advanced the House as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
What is the cost of human trafficking? In terms of dollars, it’s huge. Advocacy group Human Rights First puts the profits at about $150 billion a year, and that year was 2014. Five years later, it could well be larger. While only 19% of trafficking victims are sex workers, $99 billion of the profits comes from the sex trade.
Human trafficking typically involves coercion and false promises to lure someone into the sex trade, forced labor, or domestic servitude. Human trafficking is a massive international problem; it is a $150 billion industry and it is estimated that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. Human trafficking can occur anywhere and in any community, regardless of a victim’s social status. In terms of victims, 25 percent of them are children and 75 percent are females, according to the Polaris Project. This organization operates a national human trafficking hotline in the United States.
Rumors about men in white vans kidnapping women and children for sex and organ trafficking have swept across Facebook and Instagram nationwide this month--even prompting Baltimore Mayor Jack Young to warn citizens Monday about avoiding white vans. However, Facebook is flagging those rumors as false information. The posts have made rounds on Facebook, with many sharing their own suspicions of white vans. One Philadelphia man shared a photo of a van on November 21, which he did note was probably not a cause for alarm but "is kind of curious." He also noted seeing other posts referencing similar suspicious activity.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888 or BeFree Textline: 233733
Text "HELP" OR "INFO"
MAKE THE CALL 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 703.360.7273
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233