Rapid Response Support System, USA
By working diligently and collaboratively with The International Institute of New England, The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, law enforcement and other key stakeholders, Give Way to Freedom developed this robust crisis response system to aid potential victims during the initial 48 hours of an actual or suspected human trafficking case.
The Rapid Response Support System (RRSS) ensures that actual and potential adult victims of human trafficking receive support tailored to their needs at the earliest possible point after having been identified by a First Responder. The RRSS is the definitive tool first responders such as law enforcement and emergency medical providers can utilize to quickly ensure the safety and well-being of a victim and enhance the trusted line of victim referral between Vermont’s law enforcement community and Vermont anti-trafficking victim service network. The RRSS also plays a critical role in initiating a continuum of support to victims by establishing a baseline of trust between a victim and service provider with the ultimate goal to empower the victim to take the first steps toward rebuilding their lives. Rapid Response Facilitators are trained in trauma-informed support, and equipped with comprehensive resources to assist individuals in understanding their rights and options as well as connecting with longer term support services should they wish to do so.
Thus far, we have provided support throughout Vermont, but have also consulted and assisted with cases in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York.
If you want to access this Vermont statewide service, within Vermont dial 211.