The Coalition has developed a close working relationship with several law enforcement agencies in our region. When they uncover victims, our team is called in to assist in the beginning phases of the investigation. Law enforcement is focused on finding information to stop and prevent crimes. They need community partners to come alongside the people who have been exploited and provide services such as, medical care, connect them with social services, and provide a safe place for recovery.
Our Coalition brings the services provided by our amazing community organizations directly to the person. These people are often scared and not from this area. They would not know how to access services if they were simply released. Sometimes we can help people begin the healing process right here in our community. Sometimes people have been brought to this area against their will, and they simply want to return home. Our goal is simply to get them to a safe place that provides them support and needed services.
The services provided by our RISE Coalition Victim Response Team is in need of funding to continue to get these survivors back to safety.