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Preliminary Global Assessment of Shelters Serving Victims of Human Trafficking

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Preliminary Global Assessment of Shelters Serving Victims of Human Trafficking
International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)
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Assistance, Residence permit, Reintegration, Social assistance, Rehabilitation, Reflection period, Repatriation; Return; Redress, Protection, Social inclusion; Residence permit; Prevention, Awareness Raising, Media, Information Campaigns, Empowerment, Advocacy, Civil society, NGO, Human Rights approach, Activism, Education, Training;
The research, carried out by a team of graduate students from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service, was conducted in two parts. The first part consisted of a literature review including recent documents published by governments, international bodies, and non-governmental organizations regarding protection services for victims, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims, victims health issues, service provider networks, and shelter best practices.Websites of existing shelters were also consulted. The second part of the research consisted of conducting a global survey of existing shelters to determine best practices for running a shelter for victims of human trafficking. The assessment tool, a self-administered survey questionnaire, included 18 multiple-choice questions and two open-ended questions. During the analysis three shelter models or categories emerged. The first category of shelters, referred to as “Model 1 Shelters,” are shelters serving victims who have already been repatriated to their home country or who have been victims of domestic trafficking. The second category, referred to as “Model 2 Shelters,” are shelters in destination or transit countries serving foreign victims who are outside of their home country. And finally, the third category of shelters, or “Model 3 Shelters,” includes shelters that serve both victims who were trafficked domestically or who have already been repatriated as well as foreign victims.
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