AATOP has three specific goals:
1. To increase identification of Asian American victims of trafficking in the Chicago metropolitan area
2. To build the capacity of Asian American-serving organizations to provide appropriate mental health and other services to victims of trafficking in the Chicago metropolitan area
3. To increase participation of Asian American organizations in anti-trafficking coalitions and task forces
IOFA will work in partnership with API-focused organizations in the metropolitan Chicago area to develop a membership-based network to achieve the goals above.
IOFA will draw on the following strengths:
· Expertise in anti-trafficking work
· Experience in developing training and outreach materials
· Completed research on similar initiatives in other areas
· Facilitator for the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force
· Key player with the Rescue and Restore Coalition
IOFA’s role in the network will be to:
· Provide training and capacity building to member organizations on outreach to and identification of potential victims of human trafficking
· Provide technical assistance
· Link member organizations with existing task forces and coalitions, such as the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force and the Rescue and Restore Coalition.
· Serve as coordinator/facilitator of AATOP
· Recruit new members, regularly update members on progress, and manage the AATOP website.
AATOP member organizations will draw on the following strengths:
· Area expertise in related fields (e.g., workers’ rights, domestic violence, sexual assault, community organizing)
· Cultural competency
· Linguistic skills
· Diverse staff
· Existing relationships with key players in API communities
· Relationships of trust with community leaders and members
The role and responsibilities of AATOP member organizations will be to:
· Designate point of contact for AATOP
· Receive training on human trafficking, identification of victims, and strategies for outreach
· Adapt services to include identification of human trafficking
· Conduct outreach to API victims of human trafficking
· Share information on human trafficking with partner organizations
· Participate in monitoring and evaluation of the project, to assess impact of AATOP activities and to gather data about the scope of human trafficking within API communities in metropolitan Chicago
Benefits of Participation in AATOP
By joining AATOP, member organizations will:
· Increase their capacity to identify and serve human trafficking victims
· Connect with other organizations conducting outreach to or serving API human trafficking victims
· Expand service networks
· Have opportunities to develop funding sources to support anti-trafficking work in API communities
Evaluating Our Work
AATOP will evaluate its success by collecting data from member organizations, in order to answer the following questions:
How many API trafficking victims have been identified through this project?
How many API-focused organizations are now providing mental health services, other services, or conducting outreach for API trafficking victims?
How many API-focused organizations are now represented on anti-trafficking coalitions and task forces?
For this reason, AATOP member organizations will be asked to track the data points above to evaluate progress in meeting our goals. Additionally, AATOP will gather qualitative feedback about services and outreach work for evaluation.