ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York State ranked 4th among the United States for the number of reported human trafficking cases, according to the Polaris Project.
In 2018, 492 cases in New York were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
“Human trafficking has sadly become an epidemic and a global multi-billion-dollar industry, so it’s imperative that we identify those who are suffering and those who are at risk, and provide them with the resources to be independent, break free and heal,” Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said in a press release.
To raise awareness and help victims who have been affected, McCoy said Albany County is recognizing National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Saturday by inviting people to donate items and wear blue.
Basic necessity items such as socks, underwear, toothpaste and tooth brushes are being collected at the Children’s Advocacy Center at 260 South Pearl Street in Albany.
To find more information on how you can help locally visit: http://www.albanycounty.com/Government/Departments/DepartmentforChildrenYouthandFamilies/safeharbour.aspx
If you notice something or would like to report an incident call the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733.
Below is a list of local shelters compiled from the Albany County District Attorney’s office:
Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
112 State Street, Room 1118, Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7100
24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (518) 447-7716
Confidential E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Albany County CVSVC provides an array of services to victims. These services include free counseling for all crime victims, support for sexual assault victims including counseling, court advocacy and assistance through the criminal justice process, and a 24 hour sexual assault hotline.
95 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 434-6135
Equinox is a local non-profit organization. Equinox provides necessary services for victims including shelter, counseling, case management, legal aid, and referrals.
40 Main Street, Albany, NY
Phone: (518) 453-6650
Catholic Charities provides a multitude of services to clients. They are able to help clients find essential services including shelter, case management, and legal aid. They also provide information and referral.
New York State Office of Victim Services
AE Smith Building, 80 S. Swan Street, 2nd FL
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 457-8727
The New York State Office of Victim Services works to provide compensation to innocent victims of crime, fund direct services to crime victims via a network of community-based programs, and to advocate for the rights and benefits of all innocent victims of crime.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
991 Broadway, Suite 223, Albany, NY 12204
Phone: (518) 459-1790
USCRI Albany helps refugees successfully adapt to life in the United States. USCRI case management, coordinate housing, food, medical care, mental health counseling, legal services, and other identified service needs on an individual basis.