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Review for Traffick Free Inc., Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

There are so many misconceptions about human trafficking out there. One of the biggest misconceptions is that trafficking is something that doesn’t happen here and is something that happens in foreign countries. That is untrue. I’ve worked with so many survivors in Chicago. This problem disproportionately affects women, especially women of color. The trauma that survivors experience make getting any sort of help difficult. Survivors may have substance abuse issues, trust issues, or even trauma bonds with their abusers. All of these things make adhering to strict rules that organizations and programs require near impossible. That’s where the uniqueness and specialness of Traffick Free comes in. They don’t drug test, they don’t have any invasive, re-traumatizing intake questionnaires and have like a total open door policy. No questions asked at all! Traffick Free believes in the power of choice.. something survivors were stripped of. They offer options of different meals, toiletries, clothes and aid that survivors can choose from. They don’t push survivors into anything that they don’t want. Having a program like this in Chicago is so important.

Role:  Board Member