The New England Coalition Against Trafficking

The New England Coalition Against Trafficking raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking throughout New England and building service networks for survivors


New England Coalition Against Trafficking Benefit Concert

with John Francis and Special Guests

Wed., August 10, 2011, 7-10 pm

Please join us for an exciting evening of Americana acoustic music to benefit the New England Coalition Against Trafficking. The concert on Wednesday, August 10th will feature the music of John Francis ( and special guests. Please join us for some great music for a great cause!

Place: Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St., Boston, MA

Time: Beer and wine reception from 7-8pm

Concert: 8-10 pm

Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the door

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CLICK HERE to purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.


January 11, 2011 - National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

The US Senate passed a resolution on June 22, 2007 designating January 11th as a day of awareness and vigilance for the countless victims of Human Trafficking across the globe.

We are uniting today, on Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2011, as service providers, faith leaders, teachers, students, law enforcement, advocates, parishioners, civil servants, NGO leaders, business owners, and survivors from the Boston area.

Organizations and programs in the Greater Boston area have signed the following letter as a symbol of solidarity with the victims of human trafficking and as a renewal of commitment to the cause of eradicating modern day slavery. The letter gives actionable steps for Greater Boston area individuals to take to join the fight against human trafficking. Please join the anti-trafficking movement. Your involvement, voice, and skills can make a difference.

Click here to read the Human Trafficking Awareness Day letter.

Click here to read How to Get Involved.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers target people who are vulnerable in some way, promising them a better life, but then forcing them to live and work in unfair, inhumane, or abusive conditions. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion in order to financially benefit from selling another person. Victims may come from other countries or may be U.S. citizens.

Sex trafficking involves manipulating victims into the commercial sexual industry, while labor trafficking involves coercing someone into various forms of labor, such as domestic servitude, factory or farm labor, working in the hotel industry, begging, or other types of forced labor. Coercion may include: false promises, threats and intimidation, debt bondage, holding identity documents, withholding pay, use of the relationship, deprivation of medical or dental care, lack of basic necessities, threats regarding police or immigration, threats to hurt family or friends, witnessing violence, physical violence, and/or sexual abuse.

Law enforcement officials, service providers, and Good Samaritans play an important role in helping to identify trafficking victims. Human trafficking is a crime under U.S. Federal Law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Certain benefits, such as immigration relief and social services, may be available for victims of this crime.

What is NECAT?

The New England Coalition Against Trafficking is a coordinated anti-trafficking network throughout New England that is focused on increasing awareness of the issue of human trafficking, training providers to work with trafficking victims, identifying victims of human trafficking within the New England region, and linking trafficking survivors to needed services. As part of NECAT, state-level anti-trafficking coalitions are operating in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

NECAT Provides:

  • A forum to share information across members and disciplines
  • Outreach and education about human trafficking within New England
  • Trainings and technical assistance on human trafficking
  • Capacity building for service providers
  • Linkages to services for victims

NECAT Membership Founding members include…


Catholic Charities of Maine

ME Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Mano en Mano

New Hampshire:

NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Lutheran Community Services of NH


The Trauma Center at JRI

Lowell Community Health Center

Lutheran Social Services of NE

International Institute of Boston

Latin American Health Institute

The SEEN Coalition

My Life My Choice

Catholic Social Services of Fall River

Rhode Island:

Day One

RI Coalition Against Trafficking


International Institute of CT

Paul & Lisa Program, Inc.

How To Become Involved in NECAT?

If you are interested in becoming a NECAT member or participating in anti-trafficking in your state, contact:

  • The New England Coalition Against Trafficking (617-232-1303, x322) or Cynthia Kennedy
  • Project REACH (617-232-1303 x211) or Elizabeth Hopper
  • Member agencies listed above

*This project was supported in part by Grant No. HHS- 2009-ACF-ORR-ZV-0027 awarded by the Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Regional Program, Anti-Trafficking In Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement/ACF, Department of Health and Human Services.

To make an online donation to NECAT, please click the button below.

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