Human Trafficking & Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative

Human Trafficking & Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative

United Way, in collaboration with Aurora Health Care, is working to increase awareness of the issues of violence and to expand United Way investments in programs that promote safety and well-being for teens, women and male survivors of assault and human trafficking.

The Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Prevention Initiative is United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s focused funding for human trafficking and sexual violence/exploitation awareness, intervention and prevention for youth and adults. To address this epidemic, United Way invests in programs dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking through the implementation of intervention and prevention strategies. United Way, along with our community partners, will combat this epidemic by investing in programs dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Together, we will fight to end the sexual victimization of people of any age and all genders.

To ensure we address the human trafficking and sexual violence epidemic, United Way’s Human Trafficking & Sexual Violence Prevention Initiative:

  • Is raising awareness about the issue by revealing how human trafficking and sexual violence affect all sectors of society.
  • Prioritizes programs that focus on human trafficking/exploitation intervention and prevention through youth development, skill building, jobs training, and therapeutic support services.



The City of Milwaukee has been referred to as a hub for human trafficking in the State of Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, 79% of human trafficking cases occur in the City of Milwaukee, however, cases have been reported in all 72 counties. Human trafficking victims can be from any background, race or socioeconomic status, but 92% of victims are female and 78% are African American. According to a 2013 review of Milwaukee Police records, the youngest child to have been trafficked between 2010 and 2012 was 12 years of age. Children who have run away and/or have experienced trauma are considered most vulnerable.