Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will." - Polaris Project
La Crosse Task Force to End Modern Slavery
This task force is made up of more than 50 persons including FSPA and affiliates, law enforcement, education, legal, social service and health care professionals working together to raise awareness about the incidence and response to victims in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area. Specifically, the task force works in the following areas highlighted below.
NEW! The Faces of Human Trafficking video series
The Franciscans Sisters of Perpetual Adoration-founded Task Force to End Modern Slavery partnered with Breaking Free, one of the nation’s leading organizations for working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking, to create “The Faces of Human Trafficking” video series. The series will be launched throughout January 2018, Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Terry presented "Combating sex trafficking" at UW-La Crosse during Social Justice Week held in April. The La Crosse Tribune covered the event. Read "Eliminating demand key to combating sex trafficking."
La Crosse Task Force releases public service announcement
Advocacy & Victim Services
Advocacy activities support victims and survivors of modern day slavery by assisting them to access help for complex trauma-based healing.
Community Mobilization & Training
Key individuals and groups in our community who represent contacts in the first lines of defense against human trafficking are identified. Other groups are engaged that can collectively influence change through raising awareness about problems of human trafficking and creating community networks of support. Opportunities for training of professionals are identified and proposed. Details of hosting training opportunities are organized and appropriate follow-up activities and relationships are attended to.
Seeking to understand the extent and nature of problem of human trafficking in the La Crosse, Wisconsin-area, research is undertaken with data collection concerning the nature of the problem and the extent to which it exists. Assessment of trends is an ongoing effort.
Task Force releases La Crosse-area survey findings
In Spring 2015, the La Crosse Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery conducted an informal needs assessment in order to provide direction for continuing efforts. The Data Collection sub-committee created an initial outline to help guide the assessment and identified three key areas which needed further examination: 1.) Resources for victims, 2.) Training needs in the community, and 3.) Prevention efforts. Survey findings were released in early 2017. Read La Crosse Area Survey of Resources for Victims of Human Trafficking.
Safe Harbor and Legislation
Legislation regarding human trafficking is monitored on the local and national levels through communication with local, state and national legislators. The creation of an advocacy community for the passage of safe harbor legislation in the state of Wisconsin is given particular emphasis.
-Watch Efforts combat human trafficking locally, WKBT News Channel 8, January 2017
-La Crosse task force continues fight against human trafficking, La Crosse Tribune, January 2017
- Did you know? This document (.pdf) defines human trafficking, explains the types and explains how to identify a victim.-
WPR’s News Makers. features Sister Marlene Weisenbeck and the director of The Salvation Army’s PROMISE Program
- La Crosse Tribune: highlights the recent conference, "Stopping the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children"
- Sister Marlene Weisenbeck represented the La Crosse Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery during an interview with La Crosse's WIZM1410.
- Task force members urge awareness: "Awareness is the first steppingstone toward the eradication of this horrific crime. In addition, laws need to be in place to protect victims and prosecute perpetrators and consumers." Read more at La Crosse Tribune Take a stand to fight human trafficking.
National Hotline: 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733
La Crosse County District Attorney 608-785-9604
La Crosse Emergency Services 608-785-9634
City of La Crosse Police Department 608-785-5962
La Crosse Country Sheriff's Department 608-785-5942
- How You Can Help
- * CALL The National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 if you suspect a case of human trafficking or are seeking services.
- * Learn the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim.
- * DOWNLOAD helpful apps like the US Department of Labor's Sweat & Toil: Human Trafficking Around the World, Made In A Free World, and TraffickCam.
- * Check out Know The Chain and see how well your favorite electronics and food and beverage companies are addressing forced labor risks in the supply chain. If your company is a top performer, send a letter or email to thank them for their leadership.
- * ENCOURAGE Congressional leaders to sponsor and vote in favor of child protection and anti-trafficking legislation.
- * GIVE your business to hotels and airlines that have signed The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, an industry-driven initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry.
- * LEARN from organizations and government agencies to become better informed, such as United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's Anti-Trafficking Program, ECPAT, US State Department, U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Trafficking, Verite and The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
PRAYER'S and trafficking prevention tools are provided in USCCB's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month & Day of Prayer Toolkit.
BE a knowledgeable consumer and make sure what you use and consume is free from forced labor. Ask companies to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and report on progress.
TALK about child labor and human trafficking with friends, family and co-workers to share learning and raise awareness.
La Crosse Task Force - Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, email@example.com
The Human Thread - Catholics for Clothing with a Conscience
5-Stones: Fighting the Giant of Sex Trafficking