Civil Society, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1996, addresses human trafficking and sexual assault victimization with six programs:
- Civil Society provides trauma-informed direct immigration and comprehensive legal services to domestic and foreign born human trafficked victims.
- Civil Society provides trauma-informed direct immigration and comprehensive legal services for victims of sexual assault, including victims of domestic and international sex trafficking.
- As Minnesota Coalition leader for the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Coalition (the Coalition), Civil Society sponsors quarterly meetings and trainings for professionals and community members on the needs of and resources for human trafficked victims. The Coalition promotes our comprehensive victim-centered, trauma-informed services model, and its implementation by providing training about the many diverse forms of human trafficking: child and adult, sex and labor, international and domestic.
Civil Society has provided 180 presentations in the last 2 years, including continuing legal education programs and presentations to professionals at hospitals and clinics, social service providers, community members, educators and high school and college level students. Linda Miller speaks regularly at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and Schools of Nursing in Minneapolis and Rochester.
The Coalition addresses services for human trafficked victims and the need for increased coordination with federal and local agencies in order to identify and rescue human trafficked victims. In January 2014, Civil Society will hold a celebration of the record sentences imposed for sex trafficking this month and the courageous 911 call of a 15 year old girl which started it with the support of her grandmother and Civil Society and national slavery and human trafficking prevention month.
- The Minnesota Human Trafficking Crisis and Tip Line (1-888-772-3324 or 651-291-8810) is answered by professionals who are experienced in outreach to human trafficked victims and is served by a language line. Civil Society has hosted the Minnesota Human Trafficking Crisis and Tip Line for ten years, a service that is imperative for persons who need to safely report human trafficking and sexual assault activity and for victims who need to be rescued. It facilitates the rescue and case management for many human trafficked and sexual assault victims in Minnesota.
- The Office of Homeland Security Blue Campaign is a national program in which Civil Society works with other anti-human trafficking groups in order to improve state and federal laws. Ms. Miller was personally invited by this group to meet Janet Napolitano, Director of the United States Department of Homeland Security on August 3, 2011. Such contacts have been instrumental in the Department of Homeland Security’s award of funds for a Victim Assistant Specialist for victims in Minnesota.
- Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) Civil Society is a member of this invitation only, international group which works to improve anti-human trafficking laws and policy.