PREBLE STREET ANTI-TRAFFICKING SERVICES
Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services (ATS) paves the way forward to healing, growth, self-sufficiency, and a life free from coercion and exploitation.
This video of the Preble Street Healing Center for survivors of human trafficking highlights the program and provides a tour of the space. The Healing Center opened in the summer of 2021.
Since 2013, Preble Street ATS and its partners have provided services to women and men, transgender individuals, and children who have been forced into all types of human trafficking — people who have been forced to perform a variety of work — including prostitution, domestic services, agricultural and restaurant work — through sexual, physical, and/or psychological violence. All here in Maine.
The Anti-Trafficking Services client-centered, empowerment philosophy provides access to services and information, helps survivors understand those services, and supports survivors. In addition to facilitating healing and growth, Anti-Trafficking Services promotes individual and systemic justice, working with clients to ensure they have choices, including access to the following services:
- Intensive Case Management
- Basic needs
- Mental health and substance use disorder counseling
- Shelter and housing referrals
- Access to public benefits and community resources
- Civil, criminal, and immigration referrals
- Culturally sensitive services
- Advocacy through the criminal justice system
What is Trafficking?
Trafficking victims are:
Laborers, many of them immigrants, with little to no pay or unsafe working conditions.
Adults, teens, and children coerced into commercial sexual exploitation.
- The consequence of other failed systems, including foster care, child protection, immigration, and labor standards.
- An old crime that is finally being addressed by social services, legal services, and law enforcement.
- A crime difficult to prosecute because victims don’t always realize they’ve experienced a crime and may avoid police for fear of prosecution or deportation.
Learn more about trafficking in Maine in this video series, featuring Preble Street staff and created by The Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network, a Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services collaborative partner.