In addition to offering direct services for survivors, AACS engages in outreach and works to raise awareness on human-trafficking in the Ohio API community. Awareness among community members is critical because the sensationalizing of human-trafficking by the media has resulted in misinformation about what human-trafficking looks like as well as what effective prevention and outreach measures are. Age-appropriate youth outreach is a particularly important aspect of effective prevention, given that traffickers often exploit the emotional vulnerabilities of youth by offering to fill their need for love, affection, and acceptance that is lacking in their lives.
In addition to community outreach, we also engage our anti-trafficking partners to improve their cultural competency in serving API human-trafficking victims/survivors.
Our outreach efforts include:
- The Anti-Trafficking Youth Ambassador program, which seeks to raise awareness on human-trafficking among API youth and the API community;
- Community workshops on human-trafficking awareness and prevention; and
- Panel discussions and presentations on Asian-born human-trafficking victims at conferences.