Following six years of learning from experts, Traffick Free has opened a drop-in center for adult females engaged in commercial sexual exploitation.
The center will serve individuals’ basic and critical needs, including shelter, showers, clothes, and social services such as counseling and case management. Coming to our drop-in center is completely voluntary. We aim to be a place of refuge and to stand in the gap by providing immediate tangible needs and safety.
Our research with local civic and nonprofit organizations has shown that the greatest need for victims of exploitation is emergency services.
To keep the lights on, we need your help. As a volunteer-driven organization, we rely on the devotion of working and studying adults. We also need to increase our finances to open the drop-in center. Would you join our cause by volunteering your time or donating your best gift?
Referrals can be made by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling or texting (312) 884-1703.
The drop-in is open Thursdays and Fridays from 8pm to 8am as well as by appointment.
We cannot publicize the address of the drop-in location for the safety of our participants. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
No. Traffick Free is a faith-motivated organization. That means it is the motivation from Jesus Christ that prompts us to do this work and we pray for our participants. However, our services will always be participant-driven with no requirements ever to engage in religious activities.
Yes. The drop-in is open to any self-identifying female age 18 and older.
Yes. Unless someone is requesting additional referral services that would require a short assessment and case management, we do not ask for any personal information while at the drop-in other than a name and age.
No. Any self-identifying female age 18 and older will just need to provide a name that they would like to be called and their age.
No. Unfortunately, we are not equipped to accept women with kids nor any other minor under the age of 18. However, we have great relationships with organizations that do, including the National Runaway Safeline, and will be able to make referrals.
No. Traffick Free does not require any sort of drug test before entering the drop-in. Our policy is that as long as a participant is not a harm to themselves or someone else, they are welcome to stay.
Although cigarettes will not be able to be smoked in doors, we do have an outdoor space where people can come and go freely to smoke.
Food, shower, toiletries, clothing and a warm, safe place to relax. We even have tablets and headphones for individual streaming of music and movies. If requested, we also offer case management services.
We will be hosting training sessions throughout the year for interested drop-in volunteers and recommend signing up for our newsletter to stay updated on when these trainings are. All drop-in volunteers will be required to submit to a background check* as well as a formal interview with our Program Director and/or Executive Director. If selected, we will then put you on a rotating shift and ask for a 1-year commitment of service which gives our participants a chance to build trust with each of our volunteers.
*Please note that a criminal background does not automatically exclude anyone from volunteering at Traffick Free but we are unable to accept anyone convicted of a personal crime or hate crime.
Our needs are constantly changing. Please check back often for updates. Right now our needs include:
To learn why this type of non-intrusive service works, download our fact sheet “Why a Low-Demand Model Works.” For more information, please contact us at [email protected]. Thank you for being a part of this journey. For additional information on this topic, please check out our past blog posts: