Georgia Cares manages a hotline for DMST in the State of Georgia. This hotline is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline provides information to those who might be victims, assistance to law enforcement on the rescue of a victim, and referrals for victim assistance. Our hotline operators will assist the caller in coordinating emergency services at all hours of the day and night for youth who may be a victim of exploitation or trafficking.
If you or someone you know is a victim of child sex trafficking, please call us at 1-844-8GA-DMST (842-3678). If you are a provider or Law Enforcement and you need assistance with a victim, please call us at 1-844-8GA-DMST (842-3678).
Georgia Cares provides 24-hour 7 days a week support for emergency assistance and response.
Emergency response services includes the operation of the 24 hour hotline, individual support during times of crisis for Georgia Cares’ youth, and youth-centered safety planning aimed to empower youth to make appropriate decisions during emergencies.
Once a youth becomes a Georgia Cares’ youth, he/she works with their assigned Care Coordinator to engage in safety planning. This process includes youth identifying safety concerns, triggers, and supports needed to respond appropriately during times of crisis. The Care Coordinator solidifies the plan and ensures that the appropriate parties and/or providers are aware of the safety plan should an emergency occur.
For emergencies that occur by way of the 24 hour hotline, our hotline operators coordinate immediate services for confirmed victims including medical support, safe placement, and other applicable service to stabilize the youth.
For emergencies that occur with active Georgia Cares’ cases, the assigned Care Coordinator reviews the safety plan, coordinates emergency safety responses, notifies appropriate partners, and engages the resources and services needed to ensure safety.
Georgia Cares conducts research-informed screenings on all youth who are referred to Georgia Cares. The purpose of the screening is to determine the youth’s involvement in child sex trafficking.
Youth that are referred to Georgia Cares without information to support possible child sex trafficking involvement are determined to be a level 1. Georgia Cares provides the referral source with contact information for applicable services.
Youth that are referred to Georgia Cares with one or more indicators of child sex trafficking, but have no definite confirmation of involvement, are determined to be a level 2. These youth receive our research based assessment to determine the level of involvement in exploitation/trafficking. Following the screening, if a youth is determined to be a victim, he/she will become a Georgia Cares’ youth. If the youth is determined to be at-risk of child sex trafficking, he/she will receive a connected referral to preventative resources and services.
Youth referred to Georgia Cares that have reliable information that a youth was or is a victim of child sex trafficking are determined to be a level 3. These youth receive our research based assessment and become a Georgia Cares’ youth.
Georgia Cares is a non- profit 501(c)(3) entity. We are the state coordinating agency connecting services and supports for child victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. We strive to bring hope, build resilience, and give every child the opportunity to thrive.