By Kayla Ewert, Second Life intern

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services initiated the Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign in reaction to the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). Part of the focus of the campaign is on identifying trafficking victims and then connecting them with the services needed to get them back on their feet. Also central to the campaign’s mission is educating the individuals who likely meet trafficking victims daily but are not trained to recognize them, such as health care providers, social service workers, and law enforcement agents.

The establishment of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center is another important aspect of the Rescue & Restore campaign. This resource center works with both trafficking survivors and with those on the front line of care and rescue. Trafficking survivors can receive help in finding local organizations to help them, and caregivers and service providers can receive training and technical assistance.

Directed at the everyday person, the creation of the campaign website offers various resources such as fact sheets, tool kits, brochures and posters, and pocket assessment cards. Individuals can request free materials by submitting an order form.

The last major focus of the campaign was to connect and encourage the growth of coalitions nationwide to fight the battle on a more local scale. These coalitions are not government-run but rather are the result of passionate individuals who want to make a difference in their community.

The first coalitions were founded between 2004 and 2005, and today there are nearly 30 coalitions nationwide that are part of the Rescue & Restore campaign. The Greater Chattanooga Coalition Against Human Trafficking (GCCAHT) is one of the coalitions connected with the Rescue & Restore campaign. It was founded in 2010 by Second Life of Chattanooga and Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. Learn more about GCCAHT here. {https://secondlifetn.org/the-coalition}

For more information about the Rescue & Restore campaign as well as access to free materials, click here. {http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/about-rescue-restore}