Friday, March 13, 2009

Western New York Trainings on Human Trafficking

Free Trainings: Recognizing Human Trafficking in Western New York

While the term “human trafficking” tends to elicit images of foreign people trapped in foreign countries, the U.S. Department of Justice recently cited over 1,200 alleged cases of human trafficking in the United States over the last two years. These statistics include cases indentified in WNY. There are few identified patterns when it comes to characteristics of victims of human trafficking. They are old and very young, foreign-born and US citizens, men and women, college students and impoverished, and are subjected to labor or sexual exploitation or both. The International Institute of Buffalo, Farmworker Legal Services of New York, and local co-sponsors in six counties are collaborating to provide a free training to participants who wish to learn about this important topic. Information will include the definition of trafficking, best practices in victim identification and services and cooperation among stakeholders to help better respond to this issue locally.
The next training will be:

Chautauqua County

When: Monday, March 30, 2009, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Horizon Room, Williams Center, SUNY Fredonia
280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063
Who: Intended audience includes government and social service providers, educational staff, medical personnel, religious and cultural groups, legal assistance providers and victim advocates.
Sponsored by International Institute of Buffalo, Farmworker Legal Services, and the Women’s Studies Program at SUNY Fredonia.

RSVP with name, title, and organization by March 16, 2009
716.883.1900 ext. 326 or

Please inform and encourage others that may find this training useful. In the next four months, similar trainings will also be held in the counties of Wyoming, Orleans, and Allegany. Please call or email for more details on future trainings.

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