Help Us End Modern Day Slavery
Victims of Human Trafficking are in need of hope and long term care to prevent their re-victimization by providing comprehensive programs (medical, psychological, educational, housing, and material assistance) with full respect and regard for their human rights. We can do this by collaborating, educating, and gathering resources.
We have to end the ignorance, stigmatization, and prejudice victims endure as they emerge from the abysmal world of Human Trafficking.
We can combat Human Trafficking by looking closer into places it hides massage parlors, the internet, gangs, motels, casinos, drug and weapon rings, and sometimes places you wouldn’t expect, such as within families.
We must stand up as a world community against those who still engage in the criminal act of buying and selling human beings.
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 includes 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 has 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.
In 2012, the 505 GET FREE hotline was established to provide statewide help, information, and resources to victims of human trafficking and other interested members of the public. The hotline was the first in the United States to provide help via texting. Posting of the 505 GET FREE hotline became a statutory requirement for all businesses subject to the minimum wage laws in New Mexico in 2014.
505 GET FREE allows victims to seek help in an anonymous, safe, and easy-to-remember manner, putting them in touch with advocates who can connect them with services and other assistance.
Mandated signage can be found in English, Spanish, and Navajo here