The Asian Pacific Islander Human Trafficking Task Force press conference on Monday, January 29th, 2018 also launched the education and outreach campaign to combat human trafficking in the Asian Pacific Islander community under a grant that was awarded to the Thai Community Development Center as the lead agency and its partners from the task force by the United States Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the amount of $600,000 for three years. The Thai Community Development Center has a demonstrated history of providing victim assistance, social services, legal services, and economic opportunities for victims of human trafficking
The API Human Trafficking Task Force OVC Collaborative consists of the following agencies who will provide the following specialized direct services:
Thai Community Development Center (Lead) – case management/legal services
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice-Los Angeles) – legal services
Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team (APAIT) – case management/mental health services
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) – case management services
Korean American Family Services (KFAM) – case management/mental health services
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) – case management/legal services
Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS) – mental health services
South Asian Network (SAN) – case management/mental health services
Our program design consists of a three-pronged approach to serving API human trafficking victims and survivors that include 1) provision of specialized services and interventions for victims of API human trafficking in-house and collaboratively that include case management services, legal services, and mental health services; 2) training and public awareness activities for professionals, law enforcement, community members, and service providers in order to improve their knowledge of human trafficking and their ability to identify and respond to victims; and 3) capacity building of the entire Task Force in addressing the needs of the API human trafficking victims and survivors.
Read press release here.