About Us

Who We Are

The Anti-Trafficking Collaborative of the Bay Area (ATC-BA or ATC) (formerly the Asian-Anti Trafficking Collaborative) is a coalition of five community-based, anti-violence and social justice organizations. The Asian Anti-Trafficking Collaborative (AATC), which comprised of the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO), Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS), and Narika, have long collaborated with each other since the 1980s on domestic violence and human trafficking. To expand our capacity to support survivors of human trafficking, we added two new members in 2013: the SAGE Project (Standing Against Global Exploitation) and Mujeres Unidas y Activas. Together we provide culturally and linguistically appropriate, comprehensive legal and social services to survivors of human trafficking, regardless of gender, national origin, race, or ethnicity.

The goal of the ATC is to help trafficked men, women, and children take steps that will transform them from victims to survivors of trafficking. Trafficked persons want, and deserve a fighting chance for a life that can be about the pursuit of happiness, and not about mere survival. To advance this goal, the members of ATC work with each client to identify and address their most emergent needs. ATC works to stabilize each client’s immigration status, help reunite them with family members in the U.S., assist them with navigating multiple legal and social services systems to access benefits and preserve their rights, and help each individual gain the skills and knowledge that is crucial to enabling a self-sufficient, healthy, and stable life.

ATC has served hundreds of survivors of human trafficking and continue to advocate and represent trafficked men, women, and children. Member agencies of the ATC spearheaded the passage of the first comprehensive state anti-trafficking law in the nation (AB 22), established local and national protocols to advance and protect victims’ rights. The former AATC was recognized as one of the top three model programs in the U.S.

Human trafficking is a reality in our own backyards and AATC is committed to providing comprehensive services to trafficked persons.


What We Do

ATC provides comprehensive services to trafficked persons and their families, including legal representation, social services, and emergency shelter; Policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels; Technical assistance and training to governmental and non-governmental organizations to build their capacity to respond to the needs of trafficked people; and Ongoing community outreach and education about the multi-dimensional issue of human trafficking.

Comprehensive legal & social services including:

  • Immigration Law
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Abuse
  • Senior Law
  • Tax & Benefits
  • Comprehensive Social Service Case Advocacy/Management
  • Safe & Confidential Emergency/Transitional Shelter
  • Language & Culturally Appropriate Advocacy and Services through the expansion of Asian Women’s Shelter’s Multi-Lingual Access Model (MLAM), staff and trained on-call language advocates respond to AATC clients who speak a wide range of languages, including: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Cambodian/Khmer, Farsi, Fukianese, French, Georgian, Gujarati, Hindi, Illocano, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kachi, Kannada, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Mien, Mongolian, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telegu, Thai, Toisanese, Urdu, Vietnamese
  • Basics of Interpretation & Working with Interpreters
  • Human Trafficking 101 Training
  • Human Trafficking Case Advocacy & Management
  • Civil Litigation
  • Representation & Advocacy With Law Enforcement & Pending Criminal Prosecution of the Trafficker(s)



ATC Member Agencies:






Advocacy & Coalition Building

List of coalitions or groups that ATC is a formal member: