In February 2011, CAST launched the National Survivor Network (NSN) in an effort to foster connections between survivors of diverse forms of human trafficking and to build a national anti-trafficking movement in which survivors are at the forefront and recognized as leaders. Members of the NSN include survivors with various backgrounds and origins spanning 24 countries, including Ghana, India, Indonesia, Columbia, and the United States. Active members currently reside in over 32 tates including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C. The NSN’s diverse membership makes it uniquely representative of the myriad of situations and dynamics experienced by survivors of human trafficking. By connecting survivors across the country, the NSN supports and encourages survivors to realize and develop confidence in their own leadership qualities and for others to learn to value their insight not just as survivors but as experts in the field.
THE NSN IS SUPPORTED BY THE COALITION TO ABOLISH SLAVERY & TRAFFICKING. PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO THE NSN AT: WWW.CASTLA.ORG (SELECT ‘EVENT/OTHER’ AND ENTER ‘NSN’ IN THE MEMO FIELD).
To bring together a community of survivors
of human trafficking by creating a platform
for survivor-led advocacy, peer-to-peer mentorship,
and empowerment that embraces all survivors,
regardless of gender, age, nationality or type
of trafficking experience.
According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), a “severe form of trafficking in persons” is defined as follows:
A "commercial sex act" is defined by the TVPA as “any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.” Since the TVPA is the federal legislation which determines allocation of services for victims, it is with this definition that the NSN aligns its membership. However, the members of the NSN recognize that this definition, like any legislation, can be and is open to interpretation. Further, the NSN respects that other networks may have differing opinions and interpretations of this same legislation.
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Traffickers threaten to or use force, fraud, and/or coercion to bring their victims under their control. The resulting exploitation is essentially a modern-day form of slavery, as human trafficking victims are subjected to sexual exploitation or forced labor, or sometimes both. As mandated by the TVPA, a child under the age of eighteen who is induced to perform a commercial sex act is a victim of sex trafficking with or without the use of force, fraud, and/or coercion.
Members of the National Survivor Network (NSN) have become influential advocates; the impact of our voices has led to stronger legislative policies and greater public awareness.
Every year, members of the NSN identify key peices of federal legislation that they believe are most important to the prevention of human trafficking and the protection of victims.
The current policy priority for 2017 is the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act (S. 3441 and H.R. 6292) recently introduced at the federal level. Read the NSN letter in support HERE.
Policy Priorities for 2016:
Policy Priorities for 2015:
Policy Priorities for 2014:
If you are a survivor of human trafficking and would like more information about how to join the National Survivor Network, please use the contact form below.
Several members of the National Survivor Network (NSN) regularly speak on the issue of human trafficking, as well as offer training and technical consultation to a variety of audiences and agencies. If you are looking to invite a member of the NSN to speak at an upcoming event or conference, please contact Ima Matul, CAST Survivor Organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that every individual charges a speakers fee or honorarium, which will vary by individual. Travel and accommodations for speakers should be covered by the requesting organization.