Human trafficking victims find help in Rochester coalition

Human trafficking victims find help in Rochester coalition

Overview

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — New York State has the fifth highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, according to the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

The group is trying to eliminate human trafficking by educating, advocating and networking.

The Rochester coalition is also accepting donations such as clothing, toiletries and prepackaged snacks to provide to victims.

Organizers say those essential items can provide a sense of comfort.

“These victims are people who are reluctant to trust anybody,” said Melanie Blow, RRCAHT co-founder. “Giving them a little something is a way to start building trust, to start connecting with them, and to start forming the relationships that help these people heal.”

For those who’d like to donate, items can be dropped off at Sisters of St Joseph on French Road, or Angels of Mercy on Winton Road.