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AACS Granted $15,000 Youth Human-Trafficking Prevention Grant from OCTF

Posted: January 21, 2016
On January 14, the Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) announced AACS as one of the 9 organizations receiving a grant for youth human-trafficking prevention. AACS will work with two of our partner agencies--Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.) in Cleveland and Akron and Asian Community Alliance (ACA)--and identify youth leaders in our communities to raise awareness of human-trafficking, primarily among AAPI youth. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with our partners and youth leaders.

AACS Receives Liberator Awards Nomination

Posted: November 22, 2015 (Last Updated: November 30, 2015)
AACS has been nominated for the 2016 Liberator Awards, which recognizes individuals, officials, organizations, and others who lead the fight against human-trafficking in the states of Ohio and Michigan. Voting is now open and runs through the end of November. If you are a resident of Ohio, please consider voting for AACS! You can vote HERE by selecting "Ohio" in the "Choose your state" box, populating the ballot for Ohio, and scrolling to the "Organization/Church/Civic Club" category. You get two (2) votes for each category, but your ballot only gets counted once.

ATTENTION AAPI STUDENTS: College Scholarship Opportunities

Posted: November 20, 2015
AACS has compiled a list of undergraduate scholarship opportunities for AAPI students. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria and deadlines. Note that some opportunities are open to high school seniors who will be starting their undergraduate studies next fall (fall of 2016).

Executive Director Kathy Chen Discusses the Needs of Foreign-Born Victims at Human-Trafficking Conference

Posted: November 18, 2015
On November 16th and 17th, anti-trafficking advocates in civil society and government from across Ohio came together to host an anti-trafficking conference called Enhancing Ohio’s Frontline Response to Human Trafficking at the state's Department of Transportation in Columbus. AACS Executive Director Kathy Chen sat on a panel which discussed foreign-born victims of human-trafficking and shared the challenges faced and lessons learned through the agency's work with Asian-born human-trafficking victims. Ms. Chen joined Homeland Security Investigations' Greg Dalga and the Salvation Army's Kelli Cary in discussing the coordinated efforts related to the high-profile massage parlor raids that took place in the greater Columbus area earlier in the year. AACS, working with our partners, continued to support the survivors through the criminal case against the traffickers which ultimately resulted in convictions.

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