28 Million People Are Trafficked Worldwide

-The Polaris Project

U.S. law defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts or labor against their will.

Human trafficking happens here. As a part of our mission to end sexual violence, we are dedicated to providing resources to end sex trafficking through our program Project RISE (Resilience, Independence, Strength, Empowerment). We are promoting awareness throughout National Human Trafficking Awareness Month of the realities of sex trafficking and how we can better come together as a community to empower trafficking survivors.

Join Us in Making a Difference This Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Take Our Free Community Training


Understanding Sex Trafficking

Wednesday, January 11th 2022  •  12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: via ZOOM

Staff from PAAR’s Project RISE program will be leading this training to provide education and awareness about human trafficking and how it has impacted our region.
Attendees will get a clearer picture of:

· What does human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, look like?
· Who are the vulnerable populations targeted by traffickers?
· What are the grooming techniques used by traffickers?

Gain resources available to victims and survivors, and guidance on what to do if you encounter a possible trafficking situation.



Donate to Support Survivors


Help survivors of human trafficking by donating items that they need.

You can directly support PAAR and the thousands of survivors of sexual violence that we serve each year by visiting our Amazon Wishlist.

Here you can directly purchase items that we need on a continual basis for the services that we provide, and they will ship right here to PAAR. Help support our clients in providing them resources they need, especially during this time of year.


Learn More About Human Trafficking

  • Very Young Girls (1hr 30mins) – An exposé of human trafficking that follows 13- and 14-year-old American girls as they are seduced, abused, and sold on New York’s streets by pimps, and treated as adult criminals by police.

Interactive Website

  • The Life Story – Survivors of trafficking share their life stories and experiences

Additional Websites

  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – Private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline – Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-373-7888 to speak with a specially trained Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocate.

  • Polaris – We respond to sex and labor trafficking as they happen. We learn from that response and share that learning. Finally, we use what we learn to pilot big, new ideas for slowly, carefully, finally, dismantling big, old systems that make trafficking possible.

Together we can Make a Difference

About Project RISE

PAAR’s Project RISE (formerly known as Project Traffick Stop) addresses the unique and practical needs of people who experience sexual exploitation/sex trafficking with services to help victims gain their freedom and independence. PAAR also participates in outreach efforts to engage the community and providers to promote awareness and education about human trafficking.

Services provided through Project RISE include but are not limited to: 

  • Drop-in Center 
  • Case Consultation
  • Counseling & Group Support 
  • Free Legal Help
  • Community Outreach

Learn More