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Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims: A Top Ten List for Service Providers and Criminal Justice Professionals // Breaking Barriers: Top Ten List

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"Today, human trafficking is a thriving criminal industry, targeting the most at-risk individuals in our communities. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to compel others into commercial sex or to provide labor or services. Frequently targeting individuals who lack strong support networks, those who have histories of abuse, or those who are marginalized from their community, traffickers exploit the vulnerabilities in our communities most at-risk individuals … Where basic needs of LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning] youth go unmet, young people may enter high-risk, poorly regulated employment sectors or provide commercial sex acts in exchange for basic necessities … While the anti-trafficking field has excelled in providing service to marginalized and vulnerable populations, many trafficked LGBTQ youth still go underserved or unserved. This resource seeks to shine a light on the encouraging practices taking place among anti-trafficking providers in recognizing the needs of LGBTQ youth and supporting them as they do all victims and survivors" (p. 1). The top ten barriers to break are: build partnerships in your community; train staff to create a welcoming space; improve ability to identify human trafficking; revamp your intake process; revisit your practices on confidentiality; adapt your services to e inclusive; adjust your safety planning process; allow flexibility in treatment or case planning; host LGBTQ inclusive events and activities; and advocate for the rights of LGBTQ youth.