Sexual Assault Crisis Team Project
In 2015 SACT was awarded funding from Give Way to Freedom to add a human trafficking survivor case manager as well overnight support staff on an as needed basis. These additional staff provide many service options to survivors and also track data. This enhancement allows for their menu of services to be offered to more appropriately meet the needs of trafficking survivors.
Below is a list of services that the case manager is prepared to provide
- Safe, confidential, and rehabilitative shelter for
- male, female and transgender adults
- adults with their accompanying minor children
- clients with disabilities
- clients maintaining recovery from substance abuse
- non-English speaking clients
- Immediate emergency support such as shelter, food, clothing, access to medical care, referrals to mental health providers specializing in trauma treatment and referrals to legal services
- Longer term case management and support to help clients
- access vocational counseling, job training programs, GED programs
- access affordable housing programs
- access life skills training targeted to client-specific needs
- assistance with budgeting, shopping, and long-term financial planning
In 2013, Give Way to Freedom and SACT partnered to enhance the level of security and services currently being provided by SACT so as to meet the unique and often more in depth needs of both male and female human trafficking survivors.
SACT is a Vermont based non–profit organization that provides advocacy and shelter to male and female victims of sexual violence. The services include emotional support, a 24 hour emergency hotline, legal advocacy, multi–language communication system, translation tools, and emergency fulltime shelter for up to 60 days. For over 10 years, SACT has been serving both male and female survivors who have experienced a variety of abuse, including sexual assault, incest, human trafficking, stalking and pornography. SACT operates using survivor centered methods, both meeting survivors where they are at and collaboratively setting survivor led goals and plans with compassionate guidance from the SACT advocates.
GWTF and SACT have partnered to address the additional needs of human trafficking victims who often require longer shelter stays, additional security, and extensive case management. Funds from GWTF were used in 2013 to restructure the shelter space and add a state–of–the–art 24 hour security monitoring system. Specifically, the restructuring included the creation of additional housing so that SACT can now house up to 6 victims at a time, offer two separate living environments for victims of sexual assault and sex trafficking, and offer trafficking victims the option for longer stays.