Department of Family Services – Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
703-324-5730 TTY 711
12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building, Floor 7, Suite 740
Fairfax, VA 22035
Toni Zollicoffer

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

exit website button circle  SAFETY ALERT – If you are in danger, call or text 911.


Human trafficking is the control and exploitation of a person’s labor through force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of labor and/or commercial sex work.

Force can include the use of physical or sexual violence. Coercion can include threats of violence, emotional manipulation, or controlling access to basic needs. Fraud can include someone claiming the victim owes them money or is paying off a debt.

Human sex trafficking--forcing someone to engage in commercial sex work against their will--is a form of sexual violence. This can include forcing someone to exchange sex acts for anything of value, including money, drugs, or basic needs such as food, clothing, or shelter. Exchanging something of value for sex acts involving minors is legally considered trafficking regardless of whether force, fraud, or coercion are used. Sex trafficking is a crime under United States and Virginia law.

90% of all cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline involved victims recruited by someone they know, such as their employer, dating partner or spouse, or family member. Human trafficking is often connected to other forms of violence including family abuse, domestic violence, and stalking.

Learn how Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is observing Human Trafficking Awareness Month and visit our Human Trafficking Awareness Month community engagement toolkit for content and graphics to share on social media.

Thursday, Jan. 11: Wear Blue Day

Thursday, Jan. 11: Wear Blue DayTake part in a National Day of Action: #WearBlueDay to raise awareness about human trafficking and show support for survivors. Post photos of yourself, friends, family, and colleagues on social media with the #WearBlueDay hashtag. Don’t forget to tag Fairfax County Department of Family Services on Facebook. Send photos to Abby Picard at You may see yourself in a future slideshow!



Thursday, Jan. 18: Unscripted: Conversations about Sexual and Domestic Violence Podcast

UnscriptedAbby Picard, human trafficking and sexual violence coordinator with Domestic and Sexual Violence Services; Meredith McKeen, VP of programs with Northern Virginia Family Services; and Katie Flannery, immigration supervising attorney with Ayuda discuss the intersection of trafficking with domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, financial exploitation, and immigration.




Tuesday, Jan. 23, Annual Human Trafficking Training

Tuesday, Jan. 24, Annual Human Trafficking TrainingFairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
10 a.m.-Noon

Participants will learn how human trafficking is defined, how to identify and support survivors, and resources available to survivors in Fairfax County. 
Participants will hear perspectives from community service, mental health, legal, and law enforcement professionals on the current state of human trafficking locally, the intersection of human trafficking with other forms of violence, and how service providers and other allied professionals can utilize their existing knowledge and skills to address the unique needs and barriers faced by victims of human trafficking.

The training will include an interactive presentation followed by a panel of professionals who working to address human trafficking in the community discussing how Fairfax County responds to human trafficking using a multidisciplinary approach.

This training is free but registration is suggested.

Have questions or need help?

  • Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273
  • Domestic Violence Action Center 703-246-4573 
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Main Office 703-324-5730 
  • If the threat is immediate, call 911.

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