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WCASA is Wisconsin's only state-wide coalition dedicated to ending sexual violence.

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        Our Mission

        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault creates the social change necessary to end sexual violence. 


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        Intervention

        Human Trafficking

        January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Month

        Polaris Project Human Trafficking Hotline

        Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery

        It is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Victims are trafficked by force, fraud or coercion primarily for the purposes of labor or sexual exploitation. Human Trafficking is a significant problem in Wisconsin, where domestic and foreign victims have been identified in both urban and rural communities.

        Sexual Assault Service Providers (SASPs) are uniquely positioned to identify and support trafficking victims. Advocates and SANE nurses are likely to encounter trafficking victims, because they are often subjected to sexual assault. Traffickers use sexual violence as a primary tool of power and control against women and children regardless of what type of trafficking they are in. Service providers are often the first responders in cases of human trafficking, as well as partners in raising awareness around the issue of trafficking.

        As the state coalition WCASA is committed to anti-trafficking work by providing library resources PDF portable document format, technical assistance and training, engaging in policy advocacy, and helping to build capacity to serve victims of trafficking. WCASA is a member of the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium. WCASA is also a member of the Freedom Network USAexternal link, a national coalition dedicated to advocating for rights of trafficking survivors. 

        For more information, please contact WCASA.

         

        thumbnail of WI Human Trafficking Protocol cover Wisconsin Human Trafficking Protocol & Resource Manual - Office of Justice Assistance Human Trafficking Committee
        [PDF: portable document format 5.9MB]

         

         

        Icon - document downloadCommercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Dane County Needs Assessment – 2011 PDF: portable document format | report hosted by SlaveFree Madison

         

        Human Trafficking and Immigration

        The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) recently developed a Workgroup on Safety and Well-Being for Immigrant and Refugee Children and Familiesexternal link. The group’s first report PDF portable document format addresses a number of issues (including human trafficking) that the child welfare system faces in working with refugee and immigrant families. WCASA Human Trafficking Policy Specialist is a member of the workgroup.

        The Heartland Alliance – international organization funded partially by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement | their U.S. service region covers from the Dakotas to Ohio

         

        Human Trafficking Resources:

         ThumbnailWisconsin Human Trafficking Resources/Contacts - 2011 PDF: Portable Document Format

         

        ThumbnailInfo Sheet - Wisconsin Human Trafficking Laws - 2010 PDF: Portable Document Format

         

         Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Resource Card - 2011 PDF: Portable Document Format

         

        NHTRC Hotline Flyer thumbnailNational Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) outreach materials (link to page with downloads; PDF flyer available in 16 languages)

          

        icon - document link U.S. State Department annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Reports Icon - external web page link (reports can be read online as HTML or downloaded in segments in PDF):

        icon - document download NSVRC Assisting Trafficking Victims Information Packet – a series of resources downloadable as PDF’s

         

        Human Trafficking in the News:

        First Case Successfully Prosecuted under WI State Anti-Trafficking Law

        Human Trafficking Awareness Month Victory WI Radio Network, Jan 28, 2011

        Man Found Guilty of 11 Felonies Including Trafficking JSonline, Jan 11, 2011 

        Sex Trafficking

        Human Trafficking in Milwaukee Milwaukee News Buzz, Sept 22, 2010

        Human Trafficking in Dane County The Verona Press, Aug 4, 2010

        Labor Trafficking

        Wisconsin Couple Sentenced for Forcing a Woman to Work as Their Domestic Servant for 19 Years FBI Milwaukee Press Release, June 9, 2009

         

        Human Trafficking Publications:

         

        Impact of Federal Policies on Wisconsin Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking. Marianna Smirnova, La Follette Policy Report, Vol. 20, No. 1, Fall 2010.

        Uncovering the Hidden Crime of Modern-Day Slavery: Lessons Learned from Measuring the Extent of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin. Karina Silver, La Follette Policy Report, Vol. 20, No. 1, Fall 2010.

        Halting Modern Slavery in the Midwest: The Potential of Wisconsin Act 116 to Improve the State and Federal Response to Human Trafficking. Jessica E. Ozalp, WIsconsin Law Review, Vol. 2009, Issue 6.

        Hidden in Plain Sight: A Baseline Survey of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance Report, February 2008.

        Human Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation, Prostitution and Broken Marriages. A Special Collaborative Edition of WCASA's Connections and WCADV's Educational Journal, October 2007.

        Upcoming Events

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        Save the Date

         

        > 3/25/15: Legislative Advocacy Day
        Madison

        > 4/25/15: Survivors & Allies, Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon, Wrap Around the Capitol, Madison

        > 6/11/15: Paths to Healing Conference, Madison

        > 9/26/15: Dining for Peace, Prevention & Healing: A Fundraiser for WCASA/30th Anniversary
        Olbrich Gardens, Madison

         

        Calendars

         

        > 2015 WCASA Calendar
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        2014 WCASA Calendar

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        > Statewide Events

         


        WCASA Blog

        WCASA Blog Discontinued…

        We have discontinued our blog. For up to date information, please see the WCASA Voice newsletter.

        Of NOte:

        New Research:

        Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools (report by GLSEN; link to press release on their site; study can be downloaded as PDF from linked page)


        Resource Highlights:

        Some items that have been updated:

        For more, see our Resources pages.