HART Services

National Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888


Love 146  is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care, prevention education, professional training, and empowering movement.

Rapid Response
Rapid Responses are one-time interventions designed to target the unique risk factors and needs of individual youth who have been identified as confirmed victims, or highly suspected victims, of human trafficking and/or commercial sexual exploitation. Based upon information obtained during the intake process, Love146 provides individualized information and safety planning to youth in a one-on-one setting. Youth also receive a backpack filled with items youth and service providers have identified as being critical for this population.

Survivor Care Therapeutic Case Management
Love146’s Survivor Care Therapeutic Case Management Program journeys with and provides support services to youth who are confirmed survivors of human trafficking and/or commercial sexual exploitation. Through the program, Love146 works with the Department of Children and Families, program participants, and other community providers, as appropriate, to develop individual care plans for each survivor. Grounded in these individual care plans, Love146 provides direct services and case management. Referrals for Survivor Care Therapeutic Case Management are accepted from Milford, New Haven, Meriden, and New Britain (i.e., Region 2 & Region 6).

For general inquiries or referrals for Love146’s Rapid Response or Survivor Care Therapeutic Case Management programs, contact Erin Williamson at 203-772-4420 or erin@love146.org.


Services: Therapeutic Mentors who are credentialed by DCF and have staff specially trained to work with victims of HT.  We work closely with all service providers, including LOVE146.  Through the development and fostering of positive relationship with a skilled mentor, can assist youth to stabilize behaviors, develop trusting relationship, work on life skills and problem solving skills. 

Monthly Progress Reports provided to referring agent. All Staff are supervised by a licensed clinician. We can begin services in hospital settings (ie journey House @ Natchaug Hospital, Solnit North or South) and help youth transition to next level of care.

Referrals come from any DCF office throughout the state, Therapeutic Foster Care Agencies, Parole Services, Adoption Assistance Program, Schools, Youth Service Bureaus, Care Coordinators. Age range served 4-21.

Service Areas:  New Haven, Middlesex and Hartford Counties, New London County, New Britain, Waterbury, Greater Bridgeport, Meriden, Norwich and beyond.  Contact Sue Rumanoff prior to making a referral as we are providing services in even more areas.

Journey House

Natchaug Hospital’s Journey House is a secured residential treatment program that serves juvenile justice involved adolescent girls for the State of Connecticut. Residents remain involved in treatment at the program for approximately six to nine months, depending on treatment needs and discharge plans. Our population of residents in addition to being legally involved, typically also have a variety of mental health diagnoses.

Journey House is also equipped to work with survivors of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. The clinical team as well as the program nurse is trained in the My Life, My Choice curriculum, which aims to educate and prevent commercial sexual exploitation of minors. The nurse at Journey House has continued her education in Domestic Sex Trafficking by attending a two day DCF training geared toward trafficking in Connecticut as well as a one day intensive trafficking training for nurses. Staff has also attended training in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

Contact information:

Melissa Pelletier, LCSW

Clinical Director

Journey House

Natchaug Hospital, A Hartford HealthCare Partner

189 Storrs Road

Mansfield Center, CT  06250

phone: 860-860-465-5947

cell 860-490-5142

fax: 860-423-1109





The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), founded in 1918, is a statewide nonprofit human services agency that addresses the need to provide new immigrants and refugees in Connecticut with services to help them become self-sufficient, integrated and contributing members of the community.  The organization focuses on helping those individuals who face significant barriers to adjusting.


Project Rescue, Anti-Human Trafficking Program is a program designed to assist victims of human trafficking identified in the State of Connecticut. It is funded under a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, within the U. S. Department of Justice and is operated by the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN).
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims who are forced, defrauded or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. It is estimated that approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims are trafficked annually across international borders, and between 14,000 and 17,000 of those victims are trafficked into the US. In cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and federal and local law enforcement, Project Rescue was established to provide help to these victims. The aims of this program are:
  • to provide comprehensive services to trafficking victims
  • to build effective community service networks to respond to victims’ needs
  • to provide training to service providers and the public
  • Under the Project, comprehensive services include:
    • Housing assistance
    • English and job training skills
    • Health services
    • Language and cultural assistance
    • Transportation
    • Legal and immigration services
While many of these services are provided by IICONN the Project makes referrals to other cooperating community organizations, to ensure that the individualized needs of each victim are met. Project Rescue also provides education and outreach to the community regarding the issues and data of human trafficking in Connecticut, the nature of trafficking and about the help that is available in Connecticut..
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us. If you are part of a social service agency or other group that you think could benefit from training on trafficking issues, such as victim identification or dealing with victims, please contact IICONN at 203-336-0141, the National Trafficking Hotline at 888 373-7888 or email at projrescue@iiconn.org. http://iiconn.org/?cat=3

Klingberg Family Centers provides therapeutic foster care and permanency services for children and youth ages 8-21 who have experienced abuse, neglect and other negatively impacting life experiences.  Klingberg’s therapeutic foster care program is committed to serving youth that are at high-risk for or victims of Human Trafficking.  Our staff receive extensive training in this area and able to provide families with additional training, supports and resources.   In addition, we work closely with Klingberg’s outpatient clinical services to provide a wraparound approach for the care of this high-need population.

For more information, please contact Director, Christine Keys by phone 860-832-5532 or email at christinek@klingberg.org or the Licensing and Family Support Specialist Brittney Bovell, by phone 860-832-5536 or email at Brittney.bovell@klingberg.org.  Please check out our website at www.klingberg.org  

Community Residences, Inc. Therapeutic Foster Care Program offers services Statewide.

We have committed to supporting children who are survivors of sex trafficking and we, as an Agency, are continuously recruiting and training families to work successfully with these youth.  


Stacy Kelsey, Placement Administrator

860-621-7600 ext. 226 or skelsey@criinc.org




My Life My Choice: A program of Justice Resource Institute

MLMC’s 10-session Exploitation Prevention Curriculum is a psycho-educational model with a relational focus designed to change girls’ perceptions of the commercial sex industry, as well as build self-esteem and personal empowerment; our curriculum includes interactive activities, journaling, and is infused with the authentic testimony of survivors.

Current Providers:

Plainville Group Home, LISA, Inc.
Carrie Garrigus, MSW

Director of Programming




Curriculum: Not a #Number

Love146’s Prevention Curriculum, Not a #Number, is an interactive five-module curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. The program integrates a holistic view of the issue by focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities. Through open conversations, engaging activities, the use of media, and opportunities for disclosures, participants find ways to move beyond awareness to behavioral change. 

For a preview of Not a #Number, visit www.love146.org/curriculum-preview

For general inquiries, information regarding licensing and credentialing requirements, or requests for training, email notanumber@love146.org or call 203-772-4420.