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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of people through means of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of exploitation. This modern-day form of slavery subjects survivors to physical and psychological harm, manipulation and control.

We work closely with law enforcement and other community stakeholders on the Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force and the New York State Labor Task Force (WDNYHTTF – NYSLTF). Together, we support foreign-born people in our community who are forced into and exploited in industries such as the sex trade or in domestic, hospitality, and/or agricultural work. Partnering with us are the US Attorney’s Office of the Western District, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Call our 24-hour helpline at (716) 970-2991

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The International Institute of Buffalo strives to help survivors of labor or sex trafficking take back control of their lives. We offer free case management services to immigrants regardless of status, age, sex, religion or gender identity.

Human Trafficking Services
  • Crime victim help and safety planning
  • Legal advocacy including pro bono referrals and court accompaniment
  • Housing, medical and employment case management and referral services
  • Covering costs for basic needs and services (clothing, food, personal items)
  • Public benefits application assistance
  • Mental health and substance abuse recovery referrals
  • Trauma-informed, culturally competent advocacy and case management services
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