Human Trafficking Intervention Court (HTIC)
The Nassau County Human Trafficking Intervention Court (HTIC) was created with the goal of shifting the perception of individuals arrested for prostitution from a criminal-based perspective to a victim-centered approach, including the incorporation of trauma-informed individual and group counseling, case management and court advocacy in lieu of jail time. Through this initiative there has been a significant shift in the way prostitution is viewed by the justice system and community, supporting individuals who have been systematically exploited by pimps and johns.
Nassau County Safe Harbour Program
In 2014, Nassau County was designated as one of the first counties in New York State to receive Safe Harbour funding from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Safe Harbour programs are collaborative initiatives to develop comprehensive networks of child welfare professionals, law enforcement, prosecution, medical personnel and service providers to identify and respond to the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Nassau County’s Department of Social Services designated The Safe Center as the primary referral source for child trafficking cases in the County. The Safe Center currently employs two Safe Harbour staff who provide direct services to youth in the Child Advocacy Center, ensuring that youth and their families receive a trauma-informed, multi-disciplinary response. More information about the Safe Harbour program is available through the Nassau County website: https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/3805/Human-Trafficking
Adult Human Trafficking Program
The Human Trafficking Program at The Safe Center offers critical services to survivors of human trafficking including crisis and long-term counseling and supportive services. These include criminal justice advocacy, as well as referrals to shelter, housing, medical, substance abuse, and vocational programs. The Department works diligently to develop partnerships on a local and national level that raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking, facilitate identification and referrals, and promote a holistic response to cases.
The Human Trafficking Department serves female and male domestic- and foreign-born victims of sex and labor trafficking. Services provided in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese include:
- Individual and group therapy provided by licensed clinicians
- Court advocacy
- Crisis counseling
- Community referrals
- Supportive services
- Case management
- Trainings and education sessions for professionals and community members regarding human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.