Human Trafficking is the trade of humans, mostly for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally and is happening in your community. With an estimated 24.9 million victims trapped in exploitation globally and $150 billion in profits, trafficking is a leading crime in the US. It recently surpassed the illegal sale of firearms to become the second largest crime in the world. According to the Polaris Project, 202 cases of human trafficking in Illinois were reported in 2016. Human Trafficking is also a “hidden crime” often happening right in front of us.
Domestic violence, also referred to as spousal abuse, intimate partner violence and domestic abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 90 men were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner with a negative impact injury, fear, concern for safety, needing services. Often, law enforcement officer’s encounter families experiencing domestic violence on a daily basis. Unfortunately, domestic violence too often remains the “hidden crime” committed behind closed doors.
Sara Dillefeld spearheaded the creation for The Center’s Human Trafficking Services in 2017 and oversees all anti-trafficking efforts for foreign born and domestic survivors in labor and sex trafficking. She is the Director of Human Trafficking Services and facilitates training for law enforcement, medical providers, community organizations, and participates in legislative discussion surrounds anti-trafficking efforts. Sara joined The Center in 2006 and most recently serviced as the Director of Domestic Violence Family Centered Services for six years. She supervised two domestic violence shelters, an 11 unit transitional housing program and domestic violence counseling services for adults and children.
Fran Reyes began her career in social services as a contract worker for The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services before she joined the Center of Prevention of Abuse in 2019 as a Domestic Violence Counselor. Her leadership qualities and dedication to service CFPA clients helped propel her to supervisor of both CFPA emergency shelters, before beginning her role as Director of Domestic Violence Family Cantered Services. Fran is a Illinois Certified Licensed Domestic Violence Profession and serves CFPA Spanish speaking clients translating for multiple departments.
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