ALBANY, N.Y. - The Albany County District Attorney's Office is launching a new initiative aimed at putting an end to human trafficking in the county and helping victims.
Officials launched the webpage Frontpage on Tuesday morning during a press conference. The page is in response to human trafficking cases related to the website Backpage.com.
District Attorney David Soares says the first phase is education. The webpage will feature the mug shots of those convicted of human trafficking and prostitution, along with information and resources.
In addition to defining “sex trafficking,” the page includes public service announcements, a list of local, statewide, and national resources, and a list of recent sex trafficking cases prosecuted by the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.
Information and assistance available to victims include:
- Information about Crime Victims’ Rights
- Crisis intervention and emotional support
- Referrals for financial, medical, counseling, legal, and other community-based services
- Court accompaniment and in-court support
- Safety planning
- Orders of Protection
- Victim Impact Statements
- Property return and intervention with employers or creditors
- Claims for victim compensation
- Applications for inmate status notification
- Post-disposition referral services at state and/or county correctional facilities
- Restitution and reparation processes