Resources

Iowa Non-Profit Services and Resources for Victims of Human Trafficking

(The following are funded by the Crime Victims Assistance Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office)

Download this list by clicking here: Iowa Victims of Human Trafficking Services and Resources, revised April 2017 (PDF).

  1. Braking Traffik/Family Resources, headquarted in Davenport
    • Provides comprehensive services to victims of both labor and sex trafficking covering Region 5 of the crime victim’s area map. (SE Iowa)
    • Contact information: 563-468-2383; Marisa M. is the contact person. The toll-free 24/7/365 crisis line is 866-921-3354.
    • Service Description: Braking Traffik/Family Resources provides services as the victim needs them (trauma-informed) that could include housing, counseling, medical and court advocacy while collaborating with law enforcement and other community agencies; training and public awareness around trafficking issues; and safety and well-being of victims.
    • The agency address is 2800 Eastern Ave, Davenport, however, they are also providing mobile advocacy and can go to where the victims are located – primarily serving victims in Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott Counties but will consider referrals from anywhere in eastern Iowa.
  2. Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, headquartered in Waverly
    • Provides comprehensive services to victims of both labor and sex trafficking covering Region 3 of the crime victim’s area map. (NE Iowa)
    • Contact information: http://cvfriendsofthefamily.org/, 319-352-1108, point of contact is Ben Brustkern
    • Service Description: Friends of the Family provides services as the victim needs them (trauma-informed) that could include housing, counseling, medical and court advocacy while collaborating with community partners; training and public awareness around trafficking issues and safety and well-being of victims.
    • The agency address is PO Box 784, Waverly – however they will also be opening a location in Postville Iowa by December 2016. The agency also provides mobile advocacy and goes to where the victims are located – primarily serving victims in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Jones, Linn and Winneshiek counties.
  3. NIAD Center for Human Development/Crisis Intervention Services, headquartered in Mason City
    • Provides comprehensive services to victims of both labor and sex trafficking covering a portion of Region 2 of the crime victim’s area map. (North Central Iowa)
    • Contact information: 641-423-0490, point of contact is Mary Ingham
    • Service Description: The agency provides services as the victim needs them (trauma-informed) that could include housing, counseling, medical and court advocacy while collaborating with law enforcement and other community agencies; training and public awareness around trafficking issues; and safety and well-being of victims.
    • The agency address is PO Box 656, Mason City however, they are also doing mobile advocacy and go to where the victims are located – primarily serving victims in Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Kossuth, Mitchell, Webster, Winnebago, Worth and Wright Counties.
  4. Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (a program of YSS) located in Des Moines
    • Provides comprehensive services to victims of crime including sex trafficking between ages 18 to 21 for males and 18 to 24 for females including those who are pregnant and parenting.
    • Contact information: http://www.yss.ames.ia.us/en/programs/homeless_youth_services/iowa_homeless_youth_centers/, 515-883-2379, Ashley Mitchell or Elizabeth Patten are the contact staffers. Ashley and Elizabeth can also be reached by email
    • Staff are human trafficking and trauma-informed trained and provide crisis intervention, counseling, emergency beds and transitional living (for up to a maximum of 24 months). On August 10th, 2016, IHYC opened up 9 new emergency beds for non-system street and homeless youth ages 16 to 21. Eligible clients are victims of crime including human trafficking victims. This new Youth Opportunity Center is located at 612 Locust in the heart of downtown Des Moines. The center also provides a daily meal site, mobile outreach and crisis intervention, lifeskills, employment services, mental health/counseling services, and daily youth development, education and computer services for youth of all ages. In addition, YSS provides two emergency shelters located in Mason City and Ames (trauma informed) and will accept adolescent sex trafficking victims ages 12 to 17. YSS’s primary service area is central Iowa.
  5. Youth and Shelter Services (AKA Youth Standing Strong), headquartered in Ames
    • Provides sex trafficking prevention, awareness, diversion and referral services in youth settings (primarily schools). Identifies vulnerable youth through self-disclosure and assists and ensures that youth victims are safe and diverted from exploitation.
    • Contact information: http://www.youthstandingstrong.org/, 515-233-3141, point of contact is Ruth Buckles 515-460-4802 (cell)
    • Service Description: This human trafficking project is focused on child and teenage victim identification and referral to existing YSS, IHYC, and other child welfare services. Teens Against Human Trafficking and Iowa Foster Care Youth Councils are the central education, information, and advocacy components. Also includes prevention and awareness programing for youth 10 – 18 who attend middle or high school. The YSS plan is to establish Teens Against Human Trafficking chapters in 135 schools in 45 counties by the end of 2018. The YSS headquarters address is 420 Kellogg Avenue, Ames Iowa, 50010.
  6. Statewide Iowa Crisis Line – 800-770-1650
    • This “violent crimes” crisis line is available for victims of any violent crime including labor and sex trafficking. The crisis line will connect the victim to direct service providers. The statewide crisis line is a place for community members, providers, and victims to get information about options for assistance.
    • Sherry Kastein is the Executive Director of Family Crisis Centers which operates the statewide crisis line. Two years ago, the main domestic abuse statewide hotline was housed in Des Moines with Children and Families of Iowa. The new and expanded Statewide Hotline is now located in Sioux Center and operated by Family Crisis Centers. This 800 number is state VOCA funded to take on human trafficking, homicide, and other violent crimes including domestic abuse. They are trained to respond to all kinds of victims-of-crime calls.

Additional Prevention and Education Human Trafficking Projects funded by VOCA

  1. Braking Traffik/Family Resources – Statewide PSA Initiative got underway in August of 2016 for Prevention and Awareness Train the Trainer Project and statewide public service announcements.
  2. Sioux County Attorney’s Office – Orange City Planning to hold a Law Enforcement Human Trafficking Conference in 2017.
  3. University of Iowa Statewide conference in spring 2017 for providers of direct service to the victims of sex and labor trafficking.

Other Iowa NonProfit Services and Resources

(not funded by Crime Victim Assistance Division)

  1. Dorothy’s House : a safe house providing 24/7 support for the healing of female adult survivors of sex trafficking located in Des Moines Iowa. Juvenile facility is planned for late 2017.
    • Contact information: 515-306-5580, point of contact is Kellie Markey who can be reached by email. Statewide referrals accepted.
  2. Wings of Refuge : a safe house providing 24/7 support for healing female adult survivors of sex trafficking. This is a faith-based and supported agency. Statewide referrals accepted.

National Resources

Polaris

For nearly ten years, Polaris has operated the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline to provide survivors of human trafficking with vital support and a variety of options to get help and stay safe, while sharing actionable tips for law enforcement and expertise of the anti-trafficking community.

The name of the hotline recently changed to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Please note that the hotline’s website URL and email address are also changing as of November 2016. The Iowa NAHT recommends that victims and concerned citizens call both the National and Iowa hotlines for service referrals and crisis calls.

From the U.S. citizen sex trafficking victim in Los Angeles to the foreign national labor trafficking victim in rural Iowa, the national hotline staff are trained to listen to survivors, provide safety planning, and help them understand their options for support without judgement. Your help in spreading the word about the hotline is critical to our efforts to reach even more survivors across the country.

Thanks to the support of the US Department of Health and Human Services and our numerous private donors, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has been able to answer more than 100,000 calls, identified more than 30,000 cases of human trafficking across the United States, and providing more than 8,000 tips to federal, state, and local law enforcement. Thousands of survivors are receiving vital, non-judgmental support and learning about the services available so that they can get help and stay safe.

Crisis Lines

National Human Trafficking Hotline:

888-373-7888 or text “HELP” to BeFree (233733)
help@humantraffickinghotline.org
www.humantraffickinghotline.org

Statewide Iowa Crisis Line:

800-770-1650 or text “iowahelp” to 20121
www.survivorshelpline.org

Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline for reports of suspected child sex trafficking:

800-362-2178

Iowa Sources of Information

Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator within the Attorney General’s Office, Celine Villongco

celine.villongco@iowa.gov
(800) 373-5044 or 515-725-4109

Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking

Dr. George Belitsos, Board Chair
www.iowanaht.org
gbelitsos55@gmail.com

Office to Combat Human Trafficking within the Iowa Department of Public Safety

Sgt. Robert Deskin, Human Trafficking Coordinator
deskin@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 725-6308