Report a Tip

Reporting a Concern in the U.S.

Call 9-1-1. This provides the fastest response, 24/7. Your concern will be documented and forwarded to relevant law enforcement personnel and social services providers.

When Reporting a Tip

Be prepared to provide as much information as possible about the situation, including:
- Dates, times, frequency
- Location description: type of building, cross streets, address
- Suspicious person(s) description: age, gender, ethnicity, clothing, activity, care type
- Victim(s) description: age, gender, ethnicity, clothing, under duress or not, activity
- Your connection to the situation
What Happens if I Report a Tip?
Local and regional police are usually the first responders and often involve other agencies and service providers in the process. They work closely with social services providers such as YWCA, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, YouthWorks, Lutheran Social Services, shelters, and medical clinics. The FBI has jurisdiction in trafficking cases involving minors, Native American reservation lands, and trans-border scenarios. Homeland Security (HSI) gets involved in cases related to gangs, terrorism, etc.

Law enforcement agencies prioritize safety and security of people, which includes conducting investigations, interviews, evidence collection, participating in court trials, and enforcing laws. Law enforcement and social services collaborate in raids and rescue operations. Social services providers provide food, water, shelter, medical care, counseling, rehab, skills training, and more.
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