VICTIMS HOTLINE:
855-BEST811 (855-237-8811)

IF YOU ARE IN DANGER CALL 911

JUDGE REFERRAL LINE:
855-811-LAWS (855-811-5297)
  • Photo: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.

    In 2005, the Department of Justice reported there have been an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 sex slaves in the U.S. since 2001 -U.S. Department of Justice. Report on Activities to Combat Human Trafficking Fiscal Years 2001 – 2005. (Image ©2005 Kay Chernush for U.S. Department of State)

  • The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion -United Nations research (Image ©2005 Kay Chernush for U.S. Department of State)

  • "There are no quick fixes to human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, and child labor. Though I have documented these offenses on all six continents,nothing I have seen anywhere approaches the scale of these crimes as I have seen in South Asia.-Siddharth Kara, author and human trafficking fellow at Harvard University (Image ©2005 Kay Chernush for U.S. Department of State)

B.E.S.T.™ Mission

Building Empowerment by Stopping Trafficking from aiding the victim to pursuing and prosecuting the trafficker, nationally and internationally. Changing the World with an evidence-based model that is appropriate and voluntary, linking the judicial systems, law enforcements, and governmental institutes, pairing with B.E.S.T. LAWS™ attorneys, and liaising B.E.S.T.™ certified coaches from the only Accredited Program to Certify Coaches in Trafficking providing fiduciary and ethical guidelines for victims.

B.E.S.T. Becomes Only Accredited Program for Certifying Victims Coaches

B.E.S.T.’s Academy is the only global Accredited Program to Certify Coaches that wish to become Certified Coaches for Victims of Sex Trafficking. For information on training process and cost please fill in the contact information form and identify that you are interested in becoming a Certified Coach in this area. The Program is offered worldwide through various venues. Upon completion of the full program, you will receive your Certification as a Certified Coach for Victims of Sex Trafficking.


George Perez & Mohammad Maaty Discuss Their New TV Series ‘The Life’ with Ruth Jacobs

George Perez & Mohammad Maaty Discuss Their New TV Series ‘The Life’ Raising Awareness of Child Sex Trafficking

 Left - Mohammad Maaty - Series Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Director Right - George Perez - Series Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Writer

Mohammad Maaty – Series Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Director (left)
George Perez – Series Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Writer (right)

Can you tell me about your new TV series ‘The Life’? 

George Perez: “The Life” is a prospective TV series, meaning that we’ve independently produced the first half hour of the pilot episode in order to pitch it to television networks, in the hopes that it’ll be picked up as a regularly televised series.

Mohammad Maaty: The initial idea was brought forth to me about three years ago by George, who I’ve collaborated with before on various short film projects. His passion and dedication to the issue of child sex trafficking was clear from the beginning, and myself having witnessed these trespasses occurring in my own city for quite some time now, decided to team up with him on developing the idea into a television series. Unlike a short film, we decided that the we’d have more of an opportunity to reach and affect our audiences in a much larger scale with a television series, which would allow our viewers to follow the lives and storylines of the different characters that make up ‘The Life’ over a longer period of time.

What research was required to get it off the ground? 

GP: Before the idea for a TV series was even born, I started with the idea of writing a feature film script on the subject, so I met with a member of law enforcement who works on child sex trafficking cases as well as meeting with a sex crimes prosecutor and several advocates (former sex trafficked victims-turned-overcomers) and NGOs (non-governmental organizations). One such organization, B.E.S.T., became our consulting partners and flew to NYC several times to teach not only us, the series creators, but the entire cast, about the psychology behind sex trafficking, from the victim perspective as well as the pimp perspective (force, fraud, coercion, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs etc.) After the pilot episode was written, I asked them all to read it in order to give their thumbs up on it regarding authenticity, which they all did. Then, we moved on to the production stage.

MM: Since our goal was to shed light on a real issue happening in the present day, in order for it to have a realistic impact on our viewers we had to make absolutely sure that our stories were true. In other words, the scenarios we were presenting to our audiences needed to be believable – either they’ve happened to real people involved with the life or are likely to happen. In order to achieve this level of realism, in addition to dozens of written firsthand accounts and publications, we teamed up with various consultants with firsthand experience from that world, from sex-trafficking detectives to advocates and prosecutors to former sex trafficked victims themselves. We had to make sure we didn’t sell our characters short, since if our audiences don’t believe in the stories we’re telling, then the hope for change is lost.

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You can also find out more about The Life below:

Our Facebook pageYouTube channel (All of our video clips and short films are there. Be sure to check out ‘The Life – Pilot Teaser’ and ‘Ballerina’) and on Twitter.

BEST presents at Miami Dade College

This past weekend Rosie Johnson had the opportunity to present on behalf of BEST at her Alma Mater, Miami Dade College.

She educated an auditorium full of middle and high school parents on all aspects of Human Trafficking, most importantly Red Flags to look for within their own children and community.

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Linda Sullivan’s interview featured on Opinion Internationale

Linda Sullivan : “Not all prostitutes are victims of trafficking” / “Toutes les personnes prostituées ne sont pas victimes de trafic sexuel”

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Click Here to view the full interview.

B.E.S.T. asked to Join Panel Discussion on Violence Against Women

Join BEST Attorney Ramon Guillen Tuesday October 29th

WHAT: Dannette’s Voice: A Panel Discussion on Violence Against Women

WHERE: Florida International University, College of Law – Large Courtroom

ADDRESS: 11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, Florida 33199

WHEN: October 29, 2013

TIME: 12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT
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Understanding the Difference between Sex and Labor Trafficking, the B.E.S.T. Model, and How You Can Help!

B.E.S.T. Attorney Ramon Guillen, on MIGHTradio, talks about the distinction between trafficking and smuggling and also between sex and labor trafficking.

Please click the link below to listen to the full interview!

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/72429/understanding-the-difference-between-sex-and-labor-trafficking-the-best-model-and-how-you-can-help

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Video of B.E.S.T. Fundraiser at Chima

Please enjoy this video compilation of our latest fundraising event at Chima in partnership with Mercy & Sharing.

Co-Founders Linda Sullivan and Etty Foodman speak about the B.E.S.T. program.

Direct YouTube Link: http://youtu.be/5YYHEi6ELdM

B.E.S.T. Attorney Ramon Guillen speaks on air about the program!

B.E.S.T. now stationed at State Representative Dave Kerner’s Office

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Congresswoman Lois Frankel thanks Linda Sullivan

Congresswoman Lois Frankel thanks Linda Sullivan for her participation  in the Human Trafficking Round Table, held July 15 at the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

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Congresswoman, Lois Frankel, tours new B.E.S.T. outreach in Delray Beach

Click here for the full article including the video interview.

“DELRAY BEACH, Fla. —It’s a crime U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., likens to slavery, and opponents say it’s happening every day.

Human trafficking is a $32 billion business worldwide. Victims, mostly women and children, are sold for sex and labor.

Experts estimate there are 2.5 million victims across the U.S., with Florida ranking as the third-most prevalent state for human trafficking.

Frankel says she was shocked to hear the numbers as she toured the new Building Empowerment by Stopping Trafficking (B.E.S.T.) building in Delray Beach.

Advocates fear the problem is so lucrative that it could get worse before it gets better as they plead for more funding from Washington to rehabilitate the victims and prosecute traffickers.

Founders of B.E.S.T. said they reached out to Frankel to bring this fight to Washington because they feel many Americans don’t want to believe human trafficking happens in this country.”

-wpbf.com by Chris McGrath

Read more: http://www.wpbf.com/news/politics/lois-frankel-works-to-bring-attention-to-human-trafficking-in-fla/-/8788770/20124250/-/a9w9i3/-/index.html#ixzz2XL6bRA91