Human Trafficking

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What is human trafficking?

The Federal Government defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person to engage in commercial sex or labor against their will (22 USC § 7102). Human trafficking can be conceptualized through an action, means, and purpose model.

Ask yourself: Do you feel unsafe? Have you ever been forced to do work that you did not want to do? Have you ever felt you had to have sex to get something that you need to survive? Does someone prevent you from doing what you please? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be in a trafficking situation – we can help.

(National Human Trafficking Resource Center 2010)

At the Avalon Healing Center, individuals who have experienced or who are experiencing trafficking can receive compassionate, person-centered care. Our services include:
  • Supportive counseling and case management with a team having extensive experience with human trafficking
  • Advocacy services
  • Support groups including art and yoga
  • Specialized referrals
  • Relocation assistance
  • Medical-Forensic Healthcare

To access Avalon Healing Center’s trafficking services, please reach out to Meredith Baughman directly at (313) 618-1647 or

If you suspect trafficking, report you tip to the National Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888

If you need assistance or referrals outside of Michigan, call the National Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888

Click below if you think you have been trafficked, or know someone you think may be involved in Human Trafficking… we can help


National Sexual Assault Hotline/Resources
Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence - statewide coalition
National Human Trafficking Hotline
KidTALK Children's Advocacy Center
Our community’s Child Advocacy Center - referrals taken from LE, CPS and Avalon; non-acute response for children who have experienced physical, emotional, or sexual violence; or have witnessed domestic/sexual violence or homicide
(737) 785-7716
(313) 833-2970
Ruth Ellis Center
The Ruth Ellis Center provides trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults ages 13-30. Ruth Ellis Center seeks to “create opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future”. Supportive services include integrated primary and behavioral health services, housing support for young people ages 12-17, advocacy and case management services for female-identifying youth, and drop-in services for recreational and social support of LGBTQ+ youth.
(313) 252-1950
LGBT Detroit
LGBT Detroit advocates for the visibility and health of Detroit’s LGBT community. They focus on youth and young adult development, sexual orientation, and gender identity education, advocacy, and support of the overall well-being of the community. Working with local, regional, state, and national partnerships, LGBT Detroit advocates for “making Detroit a safer place for all to work, play, and live, without fear and malice”. The agency provides 15 programs including healing and supportive services, gender-centered support groups, leadership academies, political and civic engagement opportunities, substance misuse services, and health research partnerships.
(313) 397-2127
SAGE Metro Detroit
SAGE Metro Detroit advocates for “programming, events, and services for LGBTQ+ older adults in metro Detroit and surrounding communities". Their work seeks to empower and support LGBTQ+ older adults through community trainings, local and state advocacy efforts, hosted events, and the creation of the Rainbow Resource Guide to promote awareness, share information, and deter discrimination.
(734) 681-0854
Affirmations was established in 1989 to provide space for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. Affirmations works to “fight for acceptance and basic human rights for our LGBTQ+ community”. Offering numerous virtual and in-person group meetings, mental health and counseling services, relationship and sexual health, rehabilitation services, addiction support, housing services, parenting resources, and domestic violence connective support.
(248) 398-7105