Southeastern Wisconsin’s geographical location is on a known trafficking route in the Midwest and a known breeding ground for traffickers and recruiting ground for victims. This results in an area at high risk for trafficking.
Those factors, combined with high unemployment, increased gang and drug activity, and high poverty levels create an even higher risk for human trafficking locally
In Racine, Wisconsin, the current fight against human trafficking begins with the Racine Dominicans, who have a long history of social justice leadership in the community. In 2012, they launched an aggressive campaign to bring awareness to the issue and Racine Area Police Department (RAPD) was quick to partner with them.
What began as a small community gathering rapidly evolved into a community-wide movement in the fight against modern day slavery. Out of these meetings, Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking(RCAHT) was created and a partnership with RAPD developed through Chief Art Howell’s leadership. Human trafficking advocates were trained and participated in the annual FBI Operation Cross Country, the federal initiative to recover juvenile victims of sex trafficking in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
RCAHT became a 501(c)(3) in 2015 and grew rapidly with the support of an initial $25,000 operations support grant from Racine Community Foundation. To date, the organization has helped over 150 victims locally; trained advocates assisted 56 victims in 2016 alone. We have educated over 2,000 training attendees and brought human trafficking awareness to approximately 12,000 community members in Wisconsin and beyond.
We work with many system partners such as law enforcement, juvenile and domestic abuse shelters, aftercare facilities, human services, child advocacy centers, sexual assault services, SANE nurses, counselors, hospitals, USAO, legal advocates, school districts, churches and Crime Stoppers, among many others.
In February 2017 the RCAHT founding Board of Directors announced that the organization’s name would be changing to Fight to End Exploitation (FEE) in order to better acknowledge our work throughout the entire southeast region of Wisconsin, not just Racine County. Racine will always be our home; our mission remains the same: a collaborative network that advocates for victims and educates the community.
Prevent and Assist Victims through trained advocates.
Provide technical trainings to system partners such as Case Workers, Educators, Law Enforcement, Social Workers, Medical Professionals, etc.
Community Awareness through speakers, presentations, community events, film screenings, art, music and other resources.
We also want to acknowledge and thank our partners who support us.