T-RAP Update
-------------------------------------------------------- Unfortunately, Thurston Count Rent Assistance is now closed to new applications and to additional assistance for previous applicants. This program was funded by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. It was intended as a short-term response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has closed to new applications to ensure there is enough funding available to cover the applications that are still being processed. --------------------------
T-RAP Update
-------------------------------------------------------- Unfortunately, Thurston Count Rent Assistance is now closed to new applications and to additional assistance for previous applicants. This program was funded by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. It was intended as a short-term response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program has closed to new applications to ensure there is enough funding available to cover the applications that are still being processed. --------------------------

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Our Programs & Services

Knowledge combined with passion is the power that generates social change. Knowledge shared between people who are passionate about social change is power multiplied.

TRAINING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, PROTOCOL DEVELOPMENT, & RESEARCH

We are a survivor-led organization, and our work is informed by our 38 combined years of lived experience in escaping and healing from trafficking situations and helping others to do the same. Our core leadership team, made up of survivors from diverse backgrounds, has more than 30 years of combined professional experience in delivering culturally responsive, trauma-informed, victim-centered training and technical assistance. 

The primary focus of our training and technical assistance programming is to develop and expand individuals’ and organizations’ capacity to recognize and respond to human trafficking. We have developed and delivered specialized training to federal and state government agencies, tribal programs, nonprofit organizations, first responders, educational institutions, and direct service providers across the U.S. to address their knowledge, skills, and practice needs. Since 2016 we have trained more than 22,000 individuals. 

PROTOCOL DEVELOPMENT, & RESEARCH

Over the years we have been involved in this work, we are typically asked at the end of the training, “Okay, I’ve identified this person as a probably trafficking victim. What do I do next?”

The people asking this question are seeking more guidance than simply being referred to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, though it is indeed an excellent resource. They are looking for guidance tailored to the work of their organizations and important aspects of their service population (such as gender identity, culture/spirituality, and family structure) that must be addressed to meet victims’ safety, stabilization, and healing needs. 

In response to a large number of such requests, we began offering customized screening tools tailored to the work of the organization requesting assistance and to the people they serve. We also began providing protocols for implementation of the customized screening tool and training of staff who will be conducting the screening, based upon the organization’s programmatic structure and the staff’s current experience with asking about very traumatic experiences. Those activities are now ongoing.

We also work with clients to develop response protocols for working with identified victims, to ensure appropriate and complete steps to meeting victims’ needs, whether that would be an organizational, multi-program, multidisciplinary, or multi-agency response. We have extensive experience developing protocols for counties, youth-serving organizations, programs for high-risk women and youth, Tribal programs, correctional centers, chemical dependency treatment centers, and counties.

Our Director of Operations, Dr. Sandi Pierce, is an applied sociologist and a survivor who specializes in culturally-responsive, community-based participatory applied research and program evaluation. See our team page for more information.

 

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MARIPOSA PROJECT

The Mariposa Project curriculum is a tool proven successful for survivor empowerment and professional development by providing peer support and in-person survivor-led and developed curriculum-based cohorts. The Mariposa Project includes modules on healing, overcoming re-entry barriers, life skills, financial literacy, advocacy skills, and tools to help participants prepare for movement building and consulting on the issues of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Without proper support, survivors will continue to be re-victimized by media, agencies, organizations, and those who seek a sensationalized survivor story. We believe as survivor leaders we have a responsibility to empower others and help to build a healthy infrastructure within the survivor movement. The Mariposa Project provides opportunities for survivor leaders to come together to learn from one another, build unity, and trust and collaborate on meaningful projects. Survivors greatly benefit from specialized trauma-informed professional development training to gain skills, raise confidence levels and build community with the anti-trafficking movement. Past cohort graduates work with our organization in various capacities and we strive to advance the work of the over 30 cohort graduates.

NEXT COHORT IN SPRING 2019

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YARROW PROJECT

A program designed to assist Native American survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, The Yarrow Project works in collaboration with victim service providers and tribal organizations to develop relationships that allow survivors access to cultural and spiritual healing events, resources, and community. Click below to visit the Yarrow Project website and learn more.

PROJECT MANAGER: MARISSA PEREZ
Contact Marissa at [email protected] for more information.
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WASHINGTON SURVIVOR REENTRY PROGRAM

The Washington Survivor Reentry Program is a pro bono legal program, with over 100 pro bono attorneys helping survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation clear their criminal records. Our goal is to remove barriers to reentry so that a survivor can live their fullest life because they are worth it. Click below to visit the Washington Survivor Reentry Program website and learn more.

MANAGING ATTORNEY: ARIANA ORFORD
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TRIBAL TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

We are Native-led and offer training and workshops on the Human Trafficking of Indigenous people on reservations and urban settings. IHTC is experienced in helping Tribes develop effective systems and programs to combat human trafficking and support Indigenous victims in cultural and trauma-informed approaches. We have worked with Tribal Nations throughout the country and we are experts in the dynamics of human trafficking in Indian countries. 

SERVICES AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE
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TRIBAL OUTREACH AND MURDERED AND MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS

Innovations HTC supports Indigenous grass-root activism around trafficking and MMIWG. Human Trafficking and MMIWG have an inherent link, this is undeniable. We host cultural events such as sewing circles, talking circles, and empowerment and healing groups. We support the empowerment of Native survivors and MMIWG families and often host vigils, make posters, and run an MMIWG Facebook group with over 2,500 members.

SERVICES AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE
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FIREFLY WORKING GROUP

Innovations HTC supports Indigenous grass root activism around trafficking and MMIWG. Human Trafficking and MMIWG have an inherent link, this is undeniable. We host cultural events such as sewing circles, talking circles and empowerment and healing groups. We support the empowerment of Native survivors.

SERVICES AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE

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  • EMERGENCIES: 911
  • NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE: 1-888-3737-888 OR TEXT HELP TO BEFREE (233733)
  • REBUILDING HOPE, THE SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTER OF PIERCE COUNTY; 24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: 253-474-7273 OR 1-800-756-7273
  • REST; 24 HOUR HOTLINE: 206-351-REST (206-351-7378)
  • NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN: 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678)
  • YES TO HOPE!; 24 HOUR HOTLINE AND IN-PERSON SERVICES: 253-444-5351

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