Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project (AATOP), a program of the International Organization of Adolescents (IOFA) is excited to hold its first community forum on next Thursday, October 24 at the Hull House Museum! This forum will be the first meeting place to connect organizations with an invested interest in human trafficking in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community of Chicago. As a member-driven coalition, the forum will help begin the dialogue of addressing API needs as human trafficking victims and garner community support for anti-trafficking sentiment and programming. It is a platform for individual organizations to provide areas of expertise as we strategize training models, brainstorm culturally-sensitive outreach efforts, and identify areas of research. We have gathered the support of direct social services, research organizations, legal representatives, educational institutions, and community organizations who will be represented at the forum. In forming a community network supportive of API rights, the group will present as a unified front to the existing anti-trafficking networks in the greater Chicago area.
Check back soon for an update on the results of our discussions and potential next steps as we move forward!