The mission of Women and Children's Horizons is to provide support, shelter, education, training and healing services to victims of sexual and domestic abuse, their families and the community.
As we all try to navigate during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have many staff working from home. The administration office and shelter are open with reduced staff. Please call if you are in need of services. We will try to serve some clients over the phone if possible. We are also asking that you do not bring any donations.
Nifty Thrifty is closed until at least the end of March. We will re-evaluate at that time. We are also asking that you please do not bring donations to Nifty Thrifty until we re-open. We will definietly be needing donors and shoppers when we return. We look forward to seeing you then!
We will continue to evaluate and monitor the situation daily. We appreciate your understanding during these difficult circumstances. Many are financially affected, which is likely true of all non-profits. If you would like to support Women and Children's Horizons you can make a donation on this website (bottom of screen) or visit our Facebook page. We appreciate your support and hope that we can resume our normal business operations soon! Take care everyone and remember to choose kindness as we are all in this together!
Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is the business of exploiting vulnerable women, men and children. Traffickers use force, fraud, deception or coercion, and may threaten to transport, recruit or harbor the victim to force him/her to perform sex acts against their will. It is one the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world. Wisconsin is seeing a rise in young people under 18 being exposed to the world you never expected to hear of in our community, namely, sex trafficking. The average age of a human trafficking victim in Wisconsin is 13 years old. For more information please ask to speak with a Human Trafficking Advocate.
A teen in foster care runs away with her "boyfriend" who asks her to sleep with a few of his friends to pay rent.
Two youth are made to work long hours on a farm when they should be in school.
A mother “rents” her children to a pedophile, to support her drug addiction.
Human Trafficking is a serious crime that is punishable by both the State of Wisconsin and Federal Law.
Human Trafficking Definition:
A person is guilty of a Class D felony if he or she knowingly engages in trafficking for the purpose of a commercial sex act or labor or services and the trafficking is done through any of the following:
Because many trafficking victims have abuse and neglect histories, child welfare workers may come into contact with children who have either been trafficked or who are at risk of being trafficked. It is important that we are prepared to identify “red flags” that indicate a child may have been trafficked, and refer these cases for services and/or to law enforcement or the local district attorney’s office, if appropriate. You have an opportunity to educate children about how to protect themselves against traffickers, thereby potentially preventing a child from being victimized.
False - no movement is needed for a situation to be considered “trafficking.”
False - smuggling is not required, but a person who is smuggled may also be a victim of human trafficking.
False - victims may be U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, or undocumented persons.
False - victims may be threatened or manipulated into compliance, but do not necessarily have to be physically restrained or locked up.
False - a person can become a victim, even if they were originally compliant or paid.
Victims of trafficking can be found in:
Who is the Average Trafficking Victim?
Although all children are vulnerable, previously identified cases suggest that the following populations are at a higher risk of being trafficked:
More Information about Victims:
List to help you identify:
Why do they return:
How can you help?
To request information about human trafficking you can visit the following websites:
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
or if you need assistance in reporting please contact Women and Children’s Horizons. 262-656-3500