For many, it may be surprising that sex trafficking—exploitation of people for the purpose of commercial sex—happens in Allegheny County.
The needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Victims (CSEV) are complex and unique. Victims often have a strong trauma bond with their trafficker. PAAR’s 50-year history of helping victims of sexual assault and abuse, makes PAAR uniquely qualified to help local victims of sex trafficking progress along a continuum of care—safety, healing, gaining strength, and independence. PAAR provides intensive case management, life skill classes, trauma and group therapy to address the comprehensive needs of trafficked individuals. Our overall goal is to help the victim break free from their trafficker, heal from abuse, become self-sufficient, and build a strong support system.
Project R.I.S.E. staff engage community members and providers to educate and bring awareness about human trafficking through webinars, trainings, presentations, conference workshops, and resources fairs.
Trainings & Presentations offered by Project R.I.S.E.:
- Understanding Human Trafficking (General Training)
- How to Identify, Support, and Care for Victims of Sex Trafficking (Specific Provider Focus)
- Overview of Project R.I.S.E.
- Overview of PAAR Services