Wins for Kansas: WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking

The WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking is working to provide long term and holistic healing to survivors of human trafficking.

"We provide services to survivors and also prevention programming here in Wichita and USD 259 and surrounding areas,” says assistant director Allison Farres.

The services they offer cover everything from prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and then long-term aftercare. So far this year they've already served 29 survivors and met with almost 2,000 youth in our community. But they also focus on changing the perception of the issue.

"A lot of times when people talk about trafficking in Wichita you hear ‘Oh I heard Wichita is one of the worst cities for trafficking’ and what we've learned is that that's what every community thinks, so I think that's one of the misperceptions out there about trafficking,” says Farres.

They say if you want to help, to get involved.

"Just invest in your community, and be a member and be a part of young people’s lives and help provide opportunities for adults so they have alternatives."

And by investing in your community, victims can find comfort in one as well.

"I think a lot of them, are just really thankful, particularly our adult women, that someone heard their story. That they weren't just written off as a prostitute or one of those people, or an addict. What we hear is that people are just thankful they have a new sense of community, which is what our services aim to provide."

To help with their mission, KAKE TV and our partners DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to have them as this week's “Wins for Kansas.”