The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services engages in a variety of initiatives, often partnering with other Vermont-based and national stakeholders, organizations and agencies. These initiatives allow us to address more specific issues and concerns, as well as those beyond the scope of our permanent programs.
On July 1, 2011, Vermont passed its first anti-trafficking legislation, Act 55: An Act Relating to Human Trafficking (H. 153). The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services has been designated by the Vermont Legislature to lead this anti-trafficking initiative. We have created a statewide Task Force to establish a service protocol to identify, rescue and protect trafficking victims, including offering them a wide array of legal and other services.
The New Neighbors Victim Outreach Project was designed to inform and empower Vermont's refugee and immigrant populations regarding their rights as victims of crime.