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Report on the Human Trafficking Services Needs Assessment Survey

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Date Published
September 2012
28 pages
This report provides information on the needs of human trafficking victims and victim service providers in Virginia.
This report informs about the status of various resources and tools available to assist service providers in their work with human trafficking victims. Findings show that 53 percent of all responding agencies do not know whether or not there is a human trafficking services organization (HTSO) in their local service area; of those agencies that could identify a HTSO in their local service area, nearly all are located in the Washington DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia area; just over one-third (35 percent) of respondents attended formal workshops/classes on human trafficking and 17 percent received formal training on how to serve victims of human trafficking in the past year; none of the responding agencies have formal procedures/protocols that guide how to serve trafficking victims; only 24 percent of respondents that work with trafficking victims have a data collection system that tracks services provided to those victims; only one agency reported a decrease in the number of human trafficking cases, while 42 percent of respondents said the number of trafficking cases had increased and 55 percent said the number of trafficking cases had stayed the same; 70 percent of respondents' agencies have six or fewer full-time staff; 87 percent have six or fewer part-time staff; and 88 percent have six or fewer volunteer staff that work with human trafficking victims at their agency; and nearly two-thirds of respondents use interpreters for service delivery; most of these rely on staff interpreters and half use on-demand language services. The 118 survey respondents were from victim-witness service providers, domestic violence/sexual assault service providers, adult and juvenile State probation/parole agencies, and adult and juvenile correctional facilities. Charts, graphs, and a list of resources