Human Trafficking Forum
The Region IV Administration for Children and Families in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, Interfaith Children’s Movement, the US Attorney’s Northern District Office of Georgia, Not for Sale, a non-profit organization fighting trafficking, and others held a forum on Human Trafficking: Educating our Communities and Enhancing Victim Services on January 17, 2013 at The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia from 8:30am until 5:00pm. This forum reflected an ongoing collaboration with our federal, state and local government and communities, as well as others interested in learning what we can do to educate and inform our citizens on Human Trafficking issues. Our focus was to educate our communities and work towards enhancing the services provided to the victims. More than 300 attendees from faith and community based organizations, human services agencies, private foundations, law enforcement agencies, and federal, state and local agencies and stakeholders participated.
At this forum survivors told their stories. Information was shared on federal and state Human Trafficking laws and upcoming grants. National leaders, community activists, law enforcement agencies, lawyers and local experts provided their expertise on Human Trafficking and how they continue to advocate for the victims. We provided opportunities for participants to discuss actions that can be implemented to enhance the services needed to help the victims of human trafficking and to be informed of the laws presently in place to apprehend criminals involved in trafficking crimes.