In April 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) awarded a cooperative agreement to the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) to build a regional Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking program. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of human trafficking victims who are identified and connected to services in the Sacramento region, to raise public awareness, and to provide training and education on human trafficking.
SETA sub-granted 60% of the program funds to local organizations to build their capacity to identify and serve human trafficking victims. Our program partners are Opening Doors, Inc., WEAVE, and My Sister’s House. Opening Doors Inc. provides comprehensive short- and long-term case services for victims, as well as outreach and community awareness. My Sister’s House raises awareness and assists in providing culturally appropriate services to Asian/Pacific Islander victims.
WEAVE provides 24-hour emergency response to victims, law enforcement, service providers and the community through its support and information line and team of first responders. Additionally, WEAVE provides emergency shelter to victims including transportation to obtain medical care, food, and clothing. The SAGE Project in San Francisco assists with training and technical assistance.
Under the program, SETA works to expand and strengthen the Sacramento Rescue & Restore Coalition to achieve our program goals. The Coalition is a network of service providers, community-based organizations, state and local government agencies and law enforcement officials. The mission of the Coalition is to abolish human trafficking and ensure the liberation, dignity and well-being of trafficked persons.