HART (Human Anti-trafficking Response Team)
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If you are not safe, call or Text 911
If you need assistance, call the National Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 (or text 233733)
If you are aware of a child who is being victimized, call the Careline 1-800-842-2288
DCF HART Team: Excel version / PDF Version (UPDATED 2-10-2020)
MDT Coordinators/CCA Directory (5/14/19)
INFORMATION about Human Trafficking and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Human Trafficking Trainings: CT Trainings on Human Trafficking
| INFORMATION about Human Trafficking and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
DMST Language of the Life
DMST Websites and Apps (6/19)
Governor's Task Force
HART Leadership and HART Committee Org Chart
Newsletter - HART Helps
News / Media / Archives
Public Acts - Legislation
2020 - 5 Year Review Final Report
Shining Star Awards
Connecticut's Response to Child Trafficking: Presentation / Webinar
Domestic Child Sex Trafficking!
Human Trafficking: More than what you think / Yvette Young, TEDxHartford
Just Surviving: No More (Created by the University of New Haven)
Know the Signs of Human Trafficking
Live Panel Discussion with Connecticut’s HART (View Flyer)
Tammy Sneed, DCF-Child Sex Trafficking Challenge-MidLIFE Matters TV
The Power of Conversation (Love 146)
Trafficked in America: The Hidden Reality of Labor Trafficking in the U.S.
The Human Anti-trafficking Response Team (HART) was created in order to focus on and reduce Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). In October of 2014 The Department of Children and Families (DCF) received a $1 million federal grant to improve Connecticut's response to child victims of domestic sex trafficking. The five-year grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families will support DCF's efforts to coordinate the response by local and state agencies, including law enforcement and the medical community, so that child victims of sex trafficking receive effective and comprehensive treatment and legal services.
The State of Connecticut Legislature has created legislation to promote public awareness and prevention of child sex trafficking, to provide for ongoing monitoring of efforts to combat trafficking, to clarify mandatory reporting, and to provide a statewide oversight and monitoring body.
The State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has increasingly sharpened its focus on the growing issue of DMST afflicting children across the State. Since 2008, over 800 children have been referred to DCF as possible victims of DMST. Connecticut DCF has put forth tremendous efforts to end the sale of our children.
These efforts fall within three categories:
There are six Human Anti-trafficking Response Teams in Connecticut. These are inter-disciplinary teams lead by experienced HART Liaisons and includes; the child’s treatment team, specialized providers and legal representation if indicated.
The HART Liaison works with the local Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) ensuring the cases are afforded all resources to maximize prosecutions while ensuring the child and families are provided the appropriate medical and mental health services they are entitled to as victims.
2013 Public Act 13-166:
Blue Campaign Resource Catalog
2020 - 5 Year Review Final Report
2018 HART Data (January-December 2018)
2017 HART Data (January-December 2017)
2016 HART Data (January-December 2016)
Protected Innocence Challenge Report 2018
Love146's Not a Number curriculum offers prevention education to middle and high school age youth. Using a “train-the-facilitator” approach, Love146 maximizes the reach of the curriculum by training facilitators to implement the curriculum in schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, residential programs, and other community settings.
Love146's Survivor Care Program provides targeted services to youth who are at high-risk for or confirmed survivors of child trafficking. In addition, Love146 offers services to providers and caregivers so that they are better able to support and meet the needs of these youth.
The Village Clinical Services. The Village staff receive comprehensive training on the unique challenges faced by trafficking victims and their families. We provide specialized care through a full range of custom programs, including outpatient therapy, therapeutic foster care and adoption, in-home and intensive therapy, and residential treatment. Our unwavering dedication helps those we serve to believe that their lives are meaningful and helps them achieve real change. Call 860-236-4511 to talk with one of our access staff, or visit www.thevillage.org to learn more about our programs.
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:
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 email@example.com.
The Salvation Army's Bloom Initiative works with survivors of sex and/or labor trafficking, male or female, ages 16 and up, in the Greater Hartford area. Bloom offers long-term, comprehensive case management to survivors on their journey from exploitation to empowerment. Services may include, but are not limited to, basic needs assistance, spiritual support, and referrals to community services. Survivors engage in three phases, Strengthen, Heal, and Revitalize. During the Strengthen phase, survivors are working to stabilize their housing and income. During Heal, survivors are connecting with spiritual and therapeutic services, as needed. In the final phase, Revitalize, survivors are reintegrating back into the community of their choosing. When program capacity permits, referrals are accepted from outside the Greater Hartford area. For more information on services and/or to make a referral, please call 860-218-1573.
Connecticut Legal Services is Connecticut's largest nonprofit law firm, dedicated to improving the lives of low-income people by providing access to justice. We believe that Connecticut can be the first state with universal access to justice - a place where every person is treated fairly and has equal opportunities to thrive. We use a wide range of legal advocacy tools - from legal representation, to advocacy and training, to impact litigation - to make a difference for low-income clients.
The civil legal services provided by Connecticut Legal Services can make an enormous difference in legal and life outcomes for human trafficking survivors. Survivors may need help with restraining orders, child custody, or divorces. They may need access to government benefits if they cannot work because of physical or emotional trauma, or help overcoming barriers to housing, employment, or obtaining legal residency status in the United States. And legal services can help them vindicate their rights as victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system.
For more information about Connecticut Legal Services, please contact our Executive Director, Debi Witkin (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or our Human Trafficking Fellow, Wesleigh Anderson (WAnderson@connlegalservices.org or 203-388-1708).
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 clinical case managers 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 information about being approved as a foster parent or for placement requests, contact Director Tania Pierret at 860-832-5535 or by email at email@example.com. To learn more about the program model, contact Sr. Director, Christine Keys at 860-832-5532 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Ellie Cuifalo at 860-832-5519 or by email at email@example.com._____
The Office of Victim Services
The Victim Compensation Program: If you or someone you know is the victim of a violent crime, the Victim Compensation Program may be able to help pay for certain crime expenses that are not covered by insurance or another financial resource.
Connecticut Lodging Association: https://www.ctlodging.org/
Connecticut Institution for Refugees and Immigrants: https://cirict.org/project-rescue/
NEW! VOCA Case Management (CM) is funded through the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Office of Victim Services and administered by CCFSA (Connecticut Council Of Family Service Agencies) to address an identified need of case management services for victims of crime. VOCA CM offers community-based or home-based visits depending on the preference and need of the client
Eligible Crimes for Case Management
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