The Domestic Violence Program Coordinator participated in a panel discussion at the 2nd Annual Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Conference on May 2nd and 3rd. The Conference was hosted by Catholic Charities Immigration Services and the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The two organizations’ goal in hosting this conference was to increase the knowledge base of service providers about human trafficking and in turn increase their ability to serve victims. The Conference tackled and answered tough questions regarding domestic violence and human trafficking of immigrant victims statewide.
The main topics of discussion centered how to assist victims of trafficking and their families within the state of Arkansas. Various agencies discussed the barriers they faced and the services they offer to victims. Fresh on the heels of Attorney General Holder’s visit to Arkansas to discuss methods to eliminate human trafficking in Arkansas, the conference discussed methods of creating and spreading awareness of the fast growing problem of human trafficking. The conference attendees received ample information on how to identify a victim of trafficking, and contact information for local and national agencies that assist victims. The group also discussed the link between human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Each participant received a flash drive with information and resources to take with them.
For more information about Catholic Charities Immigration Services and the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, visit:
Catholic Charities Immigration Services: http://www.dolr.org/offices/catholiccharities/immigration.php
Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.domesticpeace.com