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THE LIFE LINK

The Life Link is committed to improving individual and community health
through breaking cycles of chronic homelessness, mental illness,
trauma, exploitation, and addiction.

2325 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM  87505

(505) 438-0010    info@TheLifeLink.org

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Questions to Ask

Assuming you have the opportunity 

Human Trafficking Aftercare

The Life Link’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, located in Santa Fe, is New Mexico’s only comprehensive aftercare program for victims of human trafficking.  Through partnerships with State government, law enforcement, community stakeholders, healthcare providers, and other interested crisis response, intensive case management, advocacy, benefit acquisition, mental health and substance abuse services, emergency and permanent supportive housing, trauma treatment, and linkage to additional community resources to assist them.

NEW MEXICO HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE

505 GET FREE

505 438 3733

WWW.505GETFREE.ORG

The Life Link Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative is responsible for the creation and ongoing operation of the 505-GET-FREE hotline.  This outreach project was designed to provide an easy-to-remember local number for human trafficking victims to contact in order to get help, information, or resources. 

 

505-GET-FREE was also the first “textline” in the country, enabling victims to reach out in a private, confidential manner to access assistance.
 

The Life Link’s program has received referrals from around the country and is gaining a national reputation for development and implementation of a best-practices approach for working with human trafficking victims. groups, the Initiative strives to provide rights-based, wraparound care to meet the myriad needs of rescued victims as they navigate the difficult road to recovery. ​

 

The Life Link Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative team  provides consultation and training to law enforcement and behavioral health professionals on successful strategies for working with the population. 

Helping Survivors Rebuild Lives

The Life Link's Human Trafficking Aftercare Program provides client-driven, time-unlimited, rights-based, and trauma-informed care for survivors of Human Trafficking. No law enforcement cooperation is required for participation in the program.

  • Crisis Prevention
     

  • Safety and Stabilization

  1. Food​

  2. Clothing

  3. Emegency, Safe_house and Long-Term Housing

  4. Medical Care
     

  • Comprehensive Community Support Services​

  1. Positive Support System​

  2. Life Skills

  3. Advocacy

  4. Education

  5. Expedited Access to Benefits
     

  • Individual and Group Counseling​

  1. Evidence-based Treatment Approaches​

  2. Trauma-Specific and Complex Trauma Treatment Services

  3. Drug and Alcohol Treatment

  4. Psychiatric/Medication Assisted Treatment (Subaxone)

Questions to Ask

Assuming you have the opportunity to speak with a potential victim privately and without jeopardizing the victim's safety because the trafficker is watching, here are some sample questions to ask to follow-up on the red flags:

  • Can you leave your job if you want to?

  • Can you come and go as you please?

  • Have you been hurt or threatened if you tried to leave?

  • Has your family been threatened?

  • Do you live with your employer?

  • Where do you sleep and eat?

  • Are you in debt to your employer?

  • Do you have your passport/identification?

  • Who has it?

Human Trafficking Indicators

While not an exhaustive list, these are some key red flags that could alert you to a potential trafficking situation that should be reported:

  • Living with employer

  • Poor living conditions

  • Multiple people in cramped space

  • Inability to speak to individual alone

  • Answers appear to be scripted/rehearsed

  • Employer is holding identity documents

  • Signs of physical abuse

  • Submissive or fearful

  • Unpaid or paid very little

  • Dressed inappropriately for the weather

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