January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month  
You can take a stand against human trafficking and help victims in our Tulare County community by making a donation to support Family Services' Freedom House.  We help survivors of labor and sex trafficking break free and heal from trauma.  We also prevent trafficking by working with youth who are at risk.  
 

 

What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor (labor trafficking) or a commercial sex act (sex trafficking) by using force, fraud, or coercion. When victims of sex trafficking are minors, also referred to as commercially sexually exploited children, the situation is still considered human trafficking even if the elements of force, fraud or coercion are not present. The word “trafficking” can be confusing—the activity does not have to cross any national, state, or other border to be considered human trafficking.

What does Family Services do?
Family Services offers a continuum of services for survivors of both labor and sex trafficking, including comprehensive case management, crisis counseling, shelter, emergency financial assistance, ongoing mental health services, and legal advocacy. Our Freedom House also serves as a drop-in center for youth who are survivors of trafficking or who are at risk for being trafficked.

How can I help?

  • You can make a secure, online donation on this page to support our work with survivors.  We couldn't provide comprehensive services without the support of our generous community.  Please join us in this critical work.
     
  • You can learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking, and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888- 373-7888).
     
  • You can volunteer as a crisis counselor or life skills facilitator to victims of human trafficking.
     
  • If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call our 24-hour hotline at 559-732-7273 or 559-784-7273, or reach out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888- 373-7888.

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