The Still Waters initiative assists people who have been subjected to human trafficking. Whether they suffered labor trafficking or sex trafficking, survivors may benefit from a trauma-informed approach.
Still Waters can assist trafficking survivors to meet basic needs such as food, clothing and housing; health needs including medical, dental, vision, and mental health; economic needs including literacy, ESL, transportation, childcare, job skills, and employment; and matters specific to noncitizens, such as obtaining identification documents, preparation to apply for legal status, and re-uniting with family members.
Victims of trafficking may be referred to the Still Waters program by law enforcement agencies, community organizations, churches, hospitals, or individuals. To refer a survivor in need of services, or for more information about Still Waters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (732) 249-7349.
As a program of the Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation (RCHP-AHC), Still Waters operates in central New Jersey and surrounding areas, in partnership with the US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), through a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office on Trafficking in Persons.
About Human Trafficking
Crimes of human trafficking are committed throughout the world, including every region of the United States. Victims may be adults or children, male or female, born in the USA or not. Often, they are here from another country. For example, someone borrows money to come to the USA for a particular opportunity, such as for seasonal work, or to attend a school, or to take part in a cultural exchange program. After their arrival, the opportunity turns out to be false: a trap, not what was promised. Now the person is faced with having to work illegally to pay off the debt, forced to work with little or no pay (labor trafficking) or forced into a life of providing sex (sex trafficking) to the traffickers or their customers.
Traffickers may coerce their victims by confiscating their ID, surveilling their movements, controlling who they talk to and holding power over when they eat and sleep. Victims are made to believe they owe the trafficker money and must keep working to pay it off. Some are falsely told that their lack of citizenship means they have no right to fair pay or to safety standards. People who speak limited English and do not know their rights may be afraid to report to the police that they are being coerced and exploited, and the traffickers convince them to fear the police.
Trafficked people may be working in gas stations, convenience stores, barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, restaurants, factories, hotels, or farm fields. They may work on crews doing construction, cleaning, or begging. They may work as housekeepers or nannies in private homes. Trafficking can exist in almost any industry or workplace. If you know of someone who may currently be in a trafficking situation, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 1-888-373-7888. Your report will be treated confidentially, and can be made anonymously.