Several disadvantaged populations, including recent refugees to the United States, are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel labor and/or commercial sexual activity. To combat this exploitation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Refugee Resettlement created the Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Campaign. The campaign helps communities identify and serve victims of trafficking. Individuals forced or fraudulently induced into exploitative work are now able to come forward and receive the full protection and benefits offered under the TVPA.
With funding from the HHS Administration for Children and Families Office on Trafficking in Persons, AIR supports the campaign's distribution of free materials to the public, which is essential to raise public awareness around human trafficking and connect victims to emergency services.