The first community forum hosted by the Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project (AATOP) last week saw over 40 attendees! Those who were present ranged from college students to professionals in the advocacy, health, legal, and social service fields. This was the first opportunity for us at IOFA to introduce AATOP to potential partners in a group setting and invite them to join us in driving AATOP efforts. We are excited to already have some organizations on board with us!
Shelby French, IOFA's director introducing AATOP at the forum
We asked the group these following questions to generate ideas for next steps as we move forward in producing outreach and training materials in collaboration with our partners:
- Do you believe that human trafficking is a critical issue facing API (Asian and Pacific Islander) communities?
- Do you think human trafficking is being addressed adequately in API communities?
- What are the challenges to building public awareness and concern about human trafficking?
- What are the opportunities?
- Which API communities are at greatest risk?
- Who needs to be involved to ensure success and sustainability of AATOP efforts?
- What are the specific challenges and opportunities in relation to outreach into this particular community?
- What are some culturally appropriate models or methods of outreach to victims of similar crimes?
These questions generated useful discussion that we are compiling into an outcome document. We look forward to sharing the results with you!