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Hope for Justice North Carolina Regional Center

Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry and it truly is a form of modern-day slavery, with an estimated 27.6 million people affected globally by forced labor and sex trafficking, plus another 22 million people in forced marriages. It is thought there are more than 1 million people in the United States who have been trafficked for labor or sex exploitation and are living in fear.

Hope for Justice is establishing a network of Regional Centers across the United States to expand our reach – helping more victims, deepening our impact on survivors, and creating resilient communities where survivors thrive. Hope for Justice does more than raise awareness. We act. We are investigators with years of law enforcement experience, accredited trainers, legal experts, social workers, therapists, policy specialists, and professionals.

Across North Carolina

With major highways throughout the state, increased gang activity, and a large agriculture base, North Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 states with the most reported human trafficking cases.

In 2021, there were 223 suspected cases of trafficking in North Carolina reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. State-funded victim service agencies in North Carolina reported serving 392 human trafficking survivors during fiscal year 2021-2022.

Since human trafficking is a crime that often goes unreported, the true number of cases is likely much higher.

Hope starts here: The RISE Program

Hope for Justice Regional Centers provide a comprehensive, end-to-end strategy that will decrease and eventually eradicate human trafficking in the United States. The North Carolina Regional Center is the first of several Regional Centers planned over the next three to five years – creating a network throughout the U.S. that will expand our reach, deepen our impact, and create resilient communities where survivors of human trafficking can thrive.

Based on our four pillars of preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society, we are providing a holistic, trauma-informed approach to bring hope and justice to survivors of human trafficking in North Carolina. We are calling this newest part of our model the RISE Program (Restore, Inspire, Strengthen, and Empower): an integrated suite of services that contributes to the sustainable improvement of the wellbeing, safety, and self-sufficiency of survivors through trauma-informed care and support, community engagement, and comprehensive case management. This is delivered by a team of experts:

-Investigators: With years of law enforcement experience, Hope for Justice investigators determine if a case meets the definition required by law to charge someone with the human trafficking statute. Investigators help identify victims, gather intelligence about suspected traffickers, and share that information with law enforcement to aid in victim rescue.

-Trainers: Our experienced trainers equip frontline professionals, targeting industries that intersect with trafficking victims. We equip attendees with the knowledge, skills and tools to identify modern slavery themselves and respond effectively.

-Case Managers: With a community-based approach to aftercare, we help survivors of trafficking rebuild their lives by providing tailored case management for each survivor and connecting them to services in the local community. We walk alongside them each step of the way, advocating on their behalf and guiding them through the social services and legal systems.

-Clinical Therapists: Developing a care plan that in unique for each survivor, our counselling services allow for different forms of therapy to meet individual needs which positions them for success and healing.

-Sector Experts: With years of experience working with human trafficking on a global scale, Hope for Justice Regional Center leaders bring a unique perspective, applying their broad knowledge to a local context, addressing policies, and catalyzing change.

RISE Program: Who we serve

  • Adults (over 18)
  • Survivors of sexual exploitation
  • Survivors of labor exploitation
  • All gender identities
  • Any immigration status

RISE Program: Where we work

Residents of the following North Carolina counties:

  • Anson
  • Cabarrus
  • Gaston
  • Iredell
  • Lincoln
  • Mecklenburg
  • Rowan
  • Union

RISE is a community-based program – we do not provide housing. We can help with resources for housing. All of our services are free of charge. Clients can revoke program participation at any time.

Ready to RISE? Call our office on 704-323-6322 (this is not a hotline number). Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

We will ask you a few questions about your experiences. If you meet screening qualifications, our clinical lead will follow up with information about setting up an intake appointment.

Learn more

To learn more about how you can request a trainer, speaker, investigative services, aftercare services, or prevention and awareness materials, email:

Follow Hope for Justice North Carolina on social media: Instagram @hopeforjusticeNC or Twitter/X @hfj_nc

(Lily Pad Haven Inc is now part of the Hope for Justice family and is known as the Hope for Justice North Carolina Regional Center.)

This Program is supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a part of a financial assistance award as well as funded by other non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government

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