The Life Link's Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative and the New Mexico Attorney General's Office was honored to host a delegation from Kazakhstan who were interested in sharing information about working with human trafficking in different parts of the world. Guests included Tastemir Abishev, Secretary of Human Rights of the Republic of Kazahstan, Khadicha Abysheva, President of the Legal Center of Women's Initiatives (Sana Sezim, www.migrant-help.org), and Nina Balabayeva, Director of the Center for Social and Psychological Rehabilitation and Adaption.
The Polaris Project, which provides annual ratings of State-based efforts to combat human trafficking, punish traffickers, and support survivors, has graded New Mexico as a Tier 1, or top rated State. Their report identifies House Bill 181, which mandates workplace posting of the 505 GET FREE hotline, as one of the factors contributing to the high rating.
While it is positive to see that New Mexico is helping set the pace for the rest of the nation in the way we approach the Human Trafficking issue, those doing the work know very well how much work is still to be done to end modern day slavery.
New Mexico House Bill 181 goes into effect on July 1, 2014, mandating that all employers post the above sign in order to increase awareness and outreach of Human Trafficking Victims. Click on the picture to download a printable pdf from the Department of Workforce Solutions. You can also click here for a Spanish-language version, and here for one in Navajo.
The El Paso Times recently published an in-depth Special Report on Human Trafficking in the region. As part of the series, they visited the Life Link Anti-Human Trafficking Aftercare Program for two days, interviewing staff and clients about their experiences. Read their stories and watch interviews here
The Life Link Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative provides long-term, comprehensive, rights-based aftercare services for victims of Human Trafficking. Part of the services provided include collaborating nationwide to effectively serve as a modern-day "underground railroad", connecting people and resources from city to city and state to state. Carefully considering client choice and safety issues, this effort links victims to the appropriate programs, communities, and resources that promote a life of health and well-being.
These life-saving efforts require financial support, and The Life Link and other local partner agencies such as Copper Pointe have struggled to identify resources to make this happen. Some of the expenses include travel costs, lodging, money for food, clothing, and supplies along the way. The Life Link has coordinated with agencies from numerous states to bring clients to our aftercare program, as well as helping clients to get closer to home and support systems in other states where their needs can be better served.
If you would like to contribute to this critical work, please donate and specify that you would like your donation to go to the 505 GET FREE effort!
On 14 February 2014, in collaboration with the global campaign One Billion Rising For Justice, the Life Link Training Institute is hosting a Southwest Human Trafficking Symposium.
Join us at the historic La Fonda Hotel, at the end of the Santa Fe Trail, as we RISE against modern day slavery, including all forms of Human Trafficking. We RISE to raise community response, to increase law enforcement response, to raise awareness, to raise the dignity of victims and to elevate the standards of aftercare.
The symposium will explore the multidimensional impact of modern day slavery on the victims and society in which it occurs. By examining issues including the stigma of sex trafficking, community, civic, and law enforcement responses, and the challenges to healing and recovery, this gathering aspires to raise the standard of care victims are receiving and move the field toward a dignified, human rights-based approach to comprehensive, best-practice aftercare.
ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage, and bondage. It is a call to bring on revolutionary justice. Join us!
Space is Limited
For more information, and to register, visit
The Life Link is pleased that Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is supporting the 505-GET-FREE outreach campaign to reach victims of human trafficking. He is dedicated to combating human trafficking, ensuring victims receive quality aftercare, and raising community awareness of this critical issue.
Pictured (left to right):
Delaney Woodward, Special Assistant to Mayor Richard J. Berry
Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry
Lynn Sanchez, Life Link Human Trafficking Program Director
Justin Wagner, Life Link Human Trafficking Outreach Specialist