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Our Mission

Our mission is to eradicate exploitation and human trafficking throughout Wisconsin and the regional Midwest and empower those affected by the issue using a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach. We achieve this through three key pillars: prevention, intervention, and restoration.

Prevention 

Creating conversations about human trafficking in an effort to raise awareness and prioritize education about human trafficking.

Intervention  

Providing trauma-informed, victim-centered training to multidisciplinary professionals who may interact with victims and survivors of human trafficking on a daily or case-by-case basis.

Restoration

Advocating for human trafficking victims in crisis and empowering survivors in their healing journey through collaboration with holistic service providers. Fight to End Exploitation supports victims and survivors of all forms of human trafficking.

Our Core Values

Collaboration – We believe that the fight to end exploitation must be approached collaboratively through community awareness, multidisciplinary intervention, and holistic restoration.

Integrity – As leaders in the fight to end exploitation and human trafficking, we believe in organizational transparency for our stakeholders and strategic stewardship.

Empowerment – We believe in a culture of empowerment for our team, our partners, and those we serve.

Curiosity – We believe that knowledge is an ongoing commitment and curiosity fuels innovation and creativity.

Eradicating Exploitation for All

At Fight to End Exploitation, we strive to lead with our core values and belief in eradicating exploitation for everyone. Human trafficking affects all demographics however, there are some risk factors that make specific populations more vulnerable.  One higher risk population is Black women and girls. According to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, compared to their racial counterparts, Black women and girls suffer higher rates of low socioeconomic status, child welfare and criminal justice involvement, education gaps, and history of physical/sexual abuse. Coupled with their hypersexualization and treatment of Black girls as older than they really are must be taken into account when identifying the prevalence of sex trafficking through the United States.  Another high-risk population is the LGBTQ+ and QPOC communities. The National Coalition for the Homeless found that LGBTQ+ youth are approximately 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth. Individuals identifying as LGBTQ+ and QPOC have higher rates of discrimination, violence, and economic instability as well as fewer resources and social supports. These vulnerabilities are often targeted and exploited by traffickers and abusers.

Studies show that Black women and girls and LGBTQ+ and QPOC communities are overrepresented in prostitution-related offenses, report higher levels of police misconduct, and state the prevalence of implicit bias when working with welfare, criminal justice, and restorative systems. 

Fight to End Exploitation aims to support and advocate for individuals affected by human trafficking,  including those who identify as LGBTQ+, QPOC, and Black. We also acknowledge that intersectional experiences factor into risk factors, vulnerabilities, and restoration of victims and survivors of human trafficking.