The Voice & Choice survivor empowerment program is Traffick911's unique response to child sex trafficking victims. Having worked in the field of sex trafficking since 2009 and getting to know and love survivors in their different phases of restoration, we have learned the hard way - You can’t force healing on anyone. What works is meeting them right where they are and empowering them to choose healing for themselves. Day after day, month after month, year after year. Our experience with hundreds of victims has taught us that it was a relational wound (often many) which caused and contributed to victimization, and it will be relational bonds that help victims heal and move from victim to survivor.
Our Voice & Choice advocates and mentors (including survivor leaders) walk alongside survivors and their families with an experienced trauma-informed lens, empowering them to fully utilize their voice and their choice, while pointing them toward healthy living. Constant triggers throughout recovery can often contribute to survivors’ recidivism rate - when it may look as if there is no forward progress in the empowerment process, but our team understands that this is all a part of the overall process, and they meet survivors with the same love and care each time they return or come back into contact. Trafficking victims have learned to operate in constant survival mode, which throws the decision-making part of their brains into chaos. Confronted with the challenge of processing what's happened to them, that mindset can be volatile. Every aspect of treatment and services requires a carefully considered approach - and this is what the Voice & Choice team is here for. The Voice & Choice program is a survivor-informed, evidenced-based program that has begun to change the life trajectory of youth from hard places.
Relationship is the intervention.
When a survivor gets a Voice & Choice Advocate (VCA), they gain a friend. The VCA’s goal, first and foremost is to build a trust-based relationship.
In-field Advocacy • Case Management • Specialized Services
Regular face-to-face meetings
Goal setting, providing incentives as goals are reached
Attending court proceedings, if applicable
Survivor-led support groups
Hosting birthday parties, GED/diploma graduation parties, milestone celebrations
Advocating for and recommending specialized services; we have a nation-wide network of partners offering trafficking-specific services and residential programs
Working with the child and family throughout placement and in between placements
Educating the guardian(s) and case workers/probation officers on the effects of child sex trafficking and the intense trauma that the child has endured
Advocates participate in regional multi-disciplinary teams in order to provide wrap-around services and support
Traffick911 provides 24/7 crisis response to law enforcement and first responders. A Voice & Choice Advocate is dispatched immediately to meet with the victim, accompany them to emergency medical treatment, ensure food, clothing, emergency shelter, and connection with any other support needed is provided. Voice & Choice advocates continue to respond to urgent and emergent needs of clients as they arise.
- Referrals -
The Voice & Choice program serves child sex trafficking victims in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Due to capacity, currently we prioritize Dallas and Tarrant County law enforcement referrals. For questions about referrals, please call 817.575.9923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility: We serve child sex trafficking victims ages 11-24, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Services are offered at no charge. We continue to serve clients into their adult years.