Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Unified Response Network

Human trafficking, also known as trafficking of persons or modern-day slavery, is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled sex or labor. This form of slavery affects millions of people around the world every day. Human trafficking is happening in Southern Arizona.

The Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Unified Response Network (SAATURN) is working with the community to address this important issue. SAATURN is a grant-funded project of the Tucson Police Department and CODAC, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. SAATURN provides comprehensive services to survivors and supports our partners who proactively investigate, identify, apprehend and prosecute those engaged in human trafficking.

Visit our resource page for additional information about human trafficking.

SAATURN's Victim-Centered Approach

SAATURN Task Force partners are committed to a victim-centered approach from the initial investigation of a human trafficking concern through prosecution. It is our goal to be sure that victims feel stable, secure and comfortable reporting their situation.

We work to establish trust with victims of human trafficking through:

  • Compassionate and empathetic advocates who connect victims to support, resources and assistance in the community, regardless of the outcome of the investigation and prosecution;
  • Explaining the investigation process, responding to concerns, and answering questions;
  • Sensitivity to the cultural differences and language needs of the victims (which may include the use of an interpreter to translate services);
  • Patience allowing the victim time to stabilize and begin their healing journey.

When a trafficked victim has been identified and/or referred for services, the crisis advocate meets with the victim to assess basic needs, provides information about resources and services available through CODAC or other local organizations; including transportation, housing, shelter, medical and mental health treatment, crisis intervention, emotional support, therapy, case management and more.

SAATURN’s goal is to provide comprehensive services to trafficking victims by identifying and addressing their needs for safety, security and healing.

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SAATURN Advocates provide emotional support and crisis intervention in addition to serving as a liaison between the victim and other community agencies. Advocates will guide a person through the legal process, make referrals to other services, and obtain translation services if needed.

  • 911
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline
    1(888) 373-7888
    (Calls may be made anonymously)

To Reach Out to Law Enforcement:

  • SAATURN@tucsonaz.gov
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at 1-866-347-2423.

If the person you are calling about is a minor, please call the toll free Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (767-2445).

This material was produced by Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Unified Response Network (SAATURN) under Project Number 2015-VT-BX-K0048 and 2015-VT-BX-K006, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office for Victims of Crime; Office of Justice Programs; U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Task Force are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.