Strangulation: The invisible threat to public health
Feb
21
8:30 AM08:30

Strangulation: The invisible threat to public health

  • New Orleans Family Justice Center (map)
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Thursday, February 21

9am-12pm

4th floor, Lilac Conference Room, New Orleans Family Justice Center

Registration starts at 8:30am

Come learn about one of the most common tactics of abuse and the most accurate predictor of domestic violence homicide from two of New Orleans’ experts on the topic of strangulation. Advocate Ashley Ponson and Forensic Nurse Andrew Mahoney will present on the traumatic impact and health outcomes of strangulation, as well as ways the New Orleans community could better support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable for this dangerous behavior.

CEU’s available for the training.

See the flyer here.

REGISTRATION: Click here.

COST:

  • $10 training only

  • $25 for CEUs (3 hours)

  • $60 for 3-month series including CEUs (9 hours)

Upcoming events in this series:

  • Thursday, March 14—Chan Hellman, The Science of Hope

  • Thursday, April 18—Eva Lessinger, Sexual Harassment: A Policy Writing Workshop

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General Task Force Meeting
Apr
3
9:30 AM09:30

General Task Force Meeting

The quarterly General Task Force Meeting will include key updates surrounding Task Force activities, successes, and upcoming events.

This meeting will include training on:

  • Understanding labor- Special guest speaker from the Department of Justice, OVC Task Force Fellow Erin Albright

  • Special presentation from a community provider serving the Vietnamese community in New Orleans

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Legal Services Working Group: Inaugural Meeting
Feb
5
2:30 PM14:30

Legal Services Working Group: Inaugural Meeting

In order to improve our Task Force community's response to survivors' legal needs, we will host a new working group specifically for legal service providers who serve trafficking victims and survivors. All attorneys, public defenders, pro-bonos, etc. would be welcome for this inaugural meeting.

During this meeting, we will discuss community needs and gaps, how this working group might fit into the GNO community, and discuss limitations and roles for the group.

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Developing a Community Response for High-Risk Victims of Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation
Feb
4
to Feb 5

Developing a Community Response for High-Risk Victims of Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation

Construct a multidisciplinary response to high risk victim cases. Quantify the problem of sex trafficking locally, define the high risk victim and the correlation and commonalities between the chronic runaway, repeat victims of sexual abuse, and the child victimized through sex trafficking. Learn effective victim interview techniques and a 5-point strategy to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).

During the training, you will engage in a group exercise to develop your own local response for child victims of sex trafficking.

Is this training for you?

The following would benefit from this training:• Court System Personnel• Emergency Management• Law Enforcement• Law Enforcement Support• Prosecutors• Social Workers• Tribes/Tribal Partners• Victim Service Providers

When: Feb 4-5, 2019

Where: Methodist Children’s Home Chapel: 904 Deville Ln, Ruston, LA 71270

Registration: This is a free event, but advanced registration is required. Priority registration due December 28th. Registrations will still be accepted after this date based on your qualifications to attend and if seats are still available. Tuition, student materials, and instructional costs are provided by the AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance Program.  https://ncjtc.fvtc.edu/training/details/TR00000111/TRI0007991/developing-a-community-response-for-high-risk-victims-of-child-sex-trafficking-and-exploitation

For more information: Contact Jim Walters at (877) 712-6237 or askamber@fvtc.edu

PLEASE NOTE: This event is neither hosted by nor endorsed by the GNOHTTF. The Task Force is not responsible for the content of this training, and is not responsible for the coordination of this event 

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WEBINAR: What Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations Can do to Address Human Trafficking
Jan
31
1:00 PM13:00

WEBINAR: What Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations Can do to Address Human Trafficking

Event sponsored and hosted by Futures Without Violence. This is a courtesy notice.

What Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations Can do to Address Human Trafficking

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time: 11:00 a.m. PT, 12:00 p.m MT, 1:00 p.m. CT, 2:00 p.m. ET, 10:00 a.m. AKST, 9:00 a.m. HST (90 minutes)

Presented by Futures Without Violence

*Closed captioning will be provided

Registration link:  https://ta2ta.org/webinars/registration/what-domestic-violence-and-sexual-assault-organiza.html 

Webinar Overview:

Many victims/survivors of human trafficking have also been sexually assaulted or battered by an intimate partner.  Domestic violence and sexual assault service providers provide assistance to survivors of human trafficking as well, sometimes unknowingly and without adequate training to address the unique needs of human trafficking survivors.  Presenters will highlight ten things that domestic violence and sexual assault service organizations can do to better support survivors of human trafficking, and will share tools and resources to assist OVW grantees in enhancing their assistance to human trafficking survivors.   

As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the intersections of human trafficking with domestic violence and sexual assault, and the unique needs of survivors of human trafficking.

  • Identify strategies to address human trafficking within domestic and sexual assault organizations, and in collaboration with others in your community.

Presenters:

Perla P. Flores, Community Solutions & South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking. 

Perla P. Flores, J.D., MPA, is the director of the domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking programs at Community Solutions, a non-profit human services agency serving Santa Clara County and San Benito County in California.  Perla is a commissioner on the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council and she chairs the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking.  Ms. Flores was recipient of the 2010 California Peace Prize and 2015 Outstanding Advocate Award. 

 

Monica Arenas, Futures Without Violence

Monica Arenas is a Senior Program Specialist at Futures Without Violence, working on the Rights and Social Justice Project and Legal Program.  Ms. Arenas has participated in the development and implementation of training programs, as well as technical assistance on building collaborations to assist adult victims of human trafficking and organizational sustainability of programs working with underserved communities. 


If you have any questions, please email Monica Arenas at marenas@futureswithoutviolence.org.

For information and resources on anti-human trafficking please visit the FUTURES website. 

As space is limited, the webinar will be recorded and available after the presentation at:  https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/resources-events/webinars/

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K047, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Please note: this event is neither hosted by nor endorsed by the GNOHTTF. The GNOHTTF is not responsible for the content of this presentation.

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Night of Honor: Networking and Community-building Event
Jan
24
5:30 PM17:30

Night of Honor: Networking and Community-building Event

On Thursday, January 24th the Greater New Orleans Human Task Force from 5:30pm- 7:00pm at Broad Street Cider in New Orleans will host an evening of networking. This “Night of Honor” will be an informal, open house style networking event to connect with each other and to celebrate the hard work of individuals throughout the Greater New Orleans region who dedicate their lives to combat human trafficking.

To memorialize the event, former Louisiana Poet Laureate, Julie Kane will read an original poem, created for this event. 

Light food will be provided, beverages will be available for purchase.

Where: Broad Street Cider, 2723 S. Broad Street. Parking in the back accessible from either Washington Ave or Eve Street. 
When: 5:30pm- 7:00pm, Thursday January 24th.

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Panel: Human Trafficking Response in New Orleans
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Panel: Human Trafficking Response in New Orleans

This community event will give attendees a window into human trafficking response in the Greater New Orleans region. The event will start with a brief human trafficking 101 presentation, and then a panel discussion from members of the anti-trafficking community representing law enforcement, social services, and coordinated response. This event is sponsored in partnership with the Mid-City Library and is open to the public. This event is free to attend.

When: January 23, 2019. 6:00pm- 7:30pm.

Where: Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal Street New Orleans

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LACAC Benefit: Yoga & Live Music class with Church of Yoga
Jan
22
6:00 PM18:00

LACAC Benefit: Yoga & Live Music class with Church of Yoga

Join the Church of Yoga New Orleans for a very special Yoga & Live Music class benefiting the LACAC. Bringing awareness during Human Trafficking Awareness month. 

Here is a bit about this important non profit:

The Louisiana Alliance of Children's Advocacy Centers (LACAC) supports local children's advocacy centers (CAC) across the state in serving victims of child maltreatment through investigative services including forensic interviews and trauma-informed forensic medical exams; extensive case management to kids and non-offending family members; trauma-focused therapy to promote healing; and prevention programs to reduce the occurrence of child abuse. 

Join Church of Yoga for this fun yoga class with a live DJ and sweat it out for a good cause! Suggested donation is $15. Capacity is limited, pre-registration is recommended!

Link to register: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=652202&stype=-7&sTG=24&sVT=18&sView=day&sLoc=0&sTrn=13&date=01/22/19

Sign up online, class cost a suggested donation of $15.

Learn more at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1957291297716705/

PLEASE NOTE: This event is neither hosted by nor endorsed by the GNOHTTF. The Task Force is not responsible for the content of this event.

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Webinar: Rethinking Representation of Human Trafficking
Jan
18
10:00 AM10:00

Webinar: Rethinking Representation of Human Trafficking

The GNOHTTF's Task Force Coordinator, Leanne McCallum, will be presenting a webinar through the Minnesota Safe Harbor Network. This training is "Rethinking Representation: Framing Human Trafficking". This 2 hour webinar specifically for professionals in the anti-trafficking field- particularly those who conduct outreach, awareness, and training.

Overview:

Representation is “the description or portrayal of someone or something in a particular way or as being of a certain nature”. This training explores how the anti-trafficking movement represents human trafficking in its public awareness efforts via visual media, stories and testimonies, and data and statistics. By the end of the training, participants will be able to identify common missteps and promising practices to utilize a trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach to authentically sharing information about human trafficking.

Goals/objectives:

  • Explore what “representation” means and how human trafficking practitioners use it and why it’s important

  • Identify common missteps within the mainstream human trafficking representation and where those ideas originated

  • Discuss promising practices in representation of trafficking

  • Consider how to apply this to our own organizations

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day: TedX Talk
Jan
11
5:00 PM17:00

Human Trafficking Awareness Day: TedX Talk

Loyola University New Orleans’ Student Government Association (SGA) and Loyola’s Women's Resource Center (WRC) will be hosting to draw awareness and educate students about human trafficking. The program will be January 11th at 5pm at Loyola New Orleans.  This Ted Talk style presentation will be focused on human trafficking in the Greater New Orleans region.

More information to come shortly.

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“Think Prevention” Human Trafficking Prevention Awareness Day at the Capitol
Jan
9
10:30 AM10:30

“Think Prevention” Human Trafficking Prevention Awareness Day at the Capitol

YOU’RE INVITED! 

 

On January 9, 2019 @ 10:30am The Governor’s Office Children’s Cabinet will host its first “Think Prevention” Human Trafficking Prevention Awareness Day at the Capitol.  State Capitol Press Room 4th Floor.

Our Governor and First Lady, Chairs of the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission and Advisory Board, and survivors alike will highlight the Important Prevention and Treatment efforts happening across our great state! Governor John Bel Edwards will also make a very special announcement!!!! 

Please join us for this momentous occasion! You and the agency you represent are a vital part of the success that has taken place in our state! 

NOTE: This event is neither hosted by nor endorsed by the GNOHTTF. The GNOHTTF is not responsible for the content or coordination of this event.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission TA Program Seminar
Aug
9
8:15 AM08:15

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission TA Program Seminar

Come learn about employment discrimination from the experts! Training that you cannot afford to miss. Join EEOC for the latest developments in EEO law and best practices from the experts who enforce the law. 

What: EEOC’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar 2018

Where:  Southern University Law School, New Orleans

Date:  August 9, 2018; 8:15am - 4:30pm

RSVP: To RSVP, visit https://eeotraining.eeoc.gov/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x138713632&varPage=location

Cost: This seminar has a $349 fee. CEUs and continuing education credits submitted. For more information, visit the registration page.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is neither hosted by nor endorsed by the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force. This event does not necessarily represent the views or values of the Task Force. 

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Multi-disciplinary Human Trafficking Investigation Training
Apr
25
to Apr 26

Multi-disciplinary Human Trafficking Investigation Training

  • Lakeview Christian Center (map)
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A specialized multi-disciplinary training from the Department of Justice and the International Associate of Chiefs of Police is coming to our Task Force!

THIS TRAINING IS INTENDED FOR PROSECUTORS, INVESTIGATORS AND VICTIM SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS WHO HANDLE HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASES AND/OR SERVE THE VICTIMS OF THESE CRIMES. 

Instructors include some of the nation’s leading subject matter experts and topics include:

  • Overview of human trafficking statutes and techniques to prove all elements based on most recent case law

  • National and regional trends in sex and labor trafficking – do we have these in our region? Are we looking in the right place?

  • Victim-centered, trauma informed approach – what is it and how do I do it?

  • Proactive victim and case identification techniques using a multi-disciplinary team approach

  • How to make your case larger and stronger

  • Not another war story – sex and labor trafficking case studies with practical lessons learned

  • Anticipating and defeating common defenses

  • What’s my role – the roles of prosecutors, investigators and services providers on a human trafficking task force. Techniques to anticipate and face the growing pains

  • Evidence to make a case stronger

  • Navigating victim’s needs throughout the criminal justice system process – it takes a team

  • What do I do with the victim who commits a crime?

  • Restitution – investigator and prosecutor’s roles

The DOJ and IACP will be providing this 1.5 day specialized multi-disciplinary Task Force training which has been rescheduled for April 25th and 26th, 2018. This technical assistance training provided by the Dept. of Justice has been tailored specifically to the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, and will provide vital insight into the roles needed for successful collaboration in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases.The full day training will be open to all Task Force member organizations, the half day will be specifically for law enforcement and prosecutors only.

The IACP training will be happening in lieu of the General Task Force meeting, Survivor Services committee, and Law Enforcement Working group for the quarter in order to increase participation and limit the "meeting fatigue" on our partners. We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE all of our partners, and particularly our key partners, to attend this training: law enforcement, social service providers, prosecutors and legal service providers' attendance is necessary for this assistance to be a success!

RSVP:

Day 1: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-orleans-human-trafficking-task-force-training-day-1-tickets-41880064400

Day 2: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-trafficking-task-force-training-day-2-tickets-41880285060

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Tip Out Day
Apr
8
12:00 AM00:00

Tip Out Day

TIP OUT DAY is a national day of charitable giving from bars, restaurants, and nightlife businesses. Bartenders, servers, and other tipped employees will join together to donate all or a portion of their tips to local sexual violence awareness, response, and prevention organizations.

Learn more at: https://www.tipoutday.com/

See a map of participating locations at: https://www.tipoutday.com/tip-out-day-2018-map/ 

To sign up your bar or location, visit: https://www.tipoutday.com/add-your-bar/

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Human Trafficking Mentorship Training
Mar
20
to Mar 21

Human Trafficking Mentorship Training

  • 320 Metairie-Hammond Highway Metairie, LA, 70005 United States (map)
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This two day training has been designed for Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana, but is open to any service providers who are working directly with juvenile victims/survivors of human trafficking. 

TOPICS COVERED:

  • human trafficking 101

  • trauma speak: a trauma-informed perspective to victim experiences within child trafficking

  • mentorship program challenges and successes

  • the CARE model and CAC resources for juveniles

  • "Not the perfect victim"

  • human trafficking resources in the Greater New Orleans community

  • self care

TRAINING PROVIDED BY: 

  • Covenant House New Orleans

  • Healing Place Serve

  • Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force (training organizer)

  • Children's Advocacy Center New Orleans

  • Volunteers of America Southeast Lousiana

RSVP:

To RSVP, email lmccallum@nolatrafficking.org. Space for the event will be limited. Priority for attendance will be given to Volunteers of America staff, and then to staff of organizations providing the training. Other RSVPs will be considered in the order that they are received, and will be contacted to confirm whether they've been approved to attend by the event organizer. 

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New Orleans Human Trafficking Summit
Mar
8
8:30 AM08:30

New Orleans Human Trafficking Summit

Hosted by the Governor's Office and Amber Alert, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, we welcome you to join us for a regional summit to discuss human trafficking efforts in the Greater New Orleans region. This will be a day to gather information about efforts which will inform future statewide efforts. We suggest that your organization/agency bring 1-2 individuals total in order to give space to as many stakeholders as possible. 

We will share more information and details with you as soon as possible. 

STATEWIDE PARTNERS: Office of Governor John Bel Edwards | Governor’s Office of Programs and Planning | Human Trafficking Prevention Commission | Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers | Department of Children and Family Services | Louisiana State Police | HP Serve

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CAST LA: Criminal  Restitution and Civil Remedies
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

CAST LA: Criminal Restitution and Civil Remedies

Trafficked persons have significant rights under U.S. law, but they cannot exercise these rights without competent legal counsel. Pro bono attorneys and advocates can change the game, allowing trafficking survivors to participate fully in criminal cases against traffickers, and in launching civil suits against the perpetrators.

This locally-tailored training will cover crime victims’ rights in federal cases, criminal restitution orders for victims, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and civil litigation against traffickers in federal courts. Topics covered:

  • Federal Definition of Severe form of Trafficking in Persons

  • Federal Mandatory Criminal Restitution pursuant to 18 USC 1593

  • Civil Right of Action for Trafficking Survivors pursuant to 18 USC 1595

  • Basics of filing a civil complaint

The Human Trafficking Legal Center serves as a clearinghouse for survivors and law firms, bringing trafficking survivors together with highly-competent, well-trained pro bono attorneys nationwide.

Martina Vandenberg, President and Founder of the HT Legal Center and a former law firm partner with two decades of experience in the anti-trafficking field, will lead a training on using federal law to obtain justice for trafficking survivors.

RSVP NOW OPEN! 

Click the link above, or copy this URL into your browser: https://castla.quickbase.com/db/bmbtwqw58?a=nwr&_fid_29=148&dfid=2  

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HP Serve: Trauma-informed Care and Human Trafficking 101
Jan
12
9:00 AM09:00

HP Serve: Trauma-informed Care and Human Trafficking 101

  • 4829 Winbourne Avenue Baton Rouge, LA, 70805 United States (map)
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At HP Serve, we believe that being able to identify victims of human trafficking or those who are at a high risk of being trafficked is an invaluable resource. We see the behaviors of trauma before we see the pain that it creates. Trauma survivors are often raised in an environment of dysfunction and distrust. The language they use is birthed from this chaos and often translates poorly to those of us trying to serve them. By learning to decode the language of trauma you will better understand the victims and better serve Justice.

Our four main objectives for this training are as follows:

□ Have a better understanding of what trafficking is.

□ Be able to better identify the red flags in trafficking victims.

□ Gain insight into how to speak and connect with victims to meet their needs.

□ Learn how the language of a trafficking victim is filtered through their trauma.

This training is a free training provided by HP Serve. 

RSVP BY JANUARY 10, 2018 to Tammara.Crawford@hpserve.org include name of your organization along with number of individuals who will be in attendance.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is not hosted by or endorsed by the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force. This event does not necessarily represent the views or values of the Task Force. 

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Community Event: FREE NOLA Screening of Priceless
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Community Event: FREE NOLA Screening of Priceless

Join FREE NOLA for refreshments and a screening of "Priceless". Age 16 and up only please, due to difficult content. To RSVP, please email georgiana@lakeviewchristiancenter.com 

About Priceless: Desperately in need of money and in hopes of regaining custody of his daughter, James (Joel Smallbone) embarks on a cross country delivery for cash -- no questions asked. When he discovers that he is delivering two young women, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly. When James finds himself falling for one of the women, he becomes an unlikely hero and must fight to save the innocence and lives of both of the ladies.

NOTE: This is a community member event, and not an event sponsored by the Task Force. We are not responsible for the content of this event, and it does not necessarily represent the views of the Task Force, the Dept. of Justice, etc. 

 

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CAST Training: Understanding the Legal Framework for Trafficking Survivors for Social Service Providers
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

CAST Training: Understanding the Legal Framework for Trafficking Survivors for Social Service Providers

  • 6363 Saint Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA, 70118 United States (map)
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This full day training provides social service providers with an understanding of how to navigate
legal issues that may arise while providing services to survivors. This training will not cover how
to provide case management nor how to provide social services.
Topics include:
• Overview of legal definition of trafficking
• Overview of the legal system
• Privilege and confidentiality
• Ethical Considerations
• Access to Public Benefits
• State Victim Compensation
• Best practices working with multi-disciplinary teams

Event to be hosted at: Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans LA 70118

Training provided by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and co-sponsored by Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the Loyola University New Orleans Modern Slavery Research Project.

*Registration is limited to 60 persons. Only 5 persons may register per agency.

Register here: https://castla.quickbase.com/db/bmbtwqw58?a=nwr&_fid_29=121&dfid=13

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CAST Training: Legal Remedies for Trafficking Survivors
Oct
18
to Oct 19

CAST Training: Legal Remedies for Trafficking Survivors

  • 6363 Saint Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA, 70118 United States (map)
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This two-day training hosted by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery (CAST) will be held for pro-bono attorneys and legal providers is an in-depth overview of the legal issues faced by trafficking survivors. Topics include: intake best practices, victim witness advocacy, immigration remedies and intro to civil remedies, and more.

This two-day training enables attorneys and legal providers to assist survivors of human trafficking. Training features include:

• Free registration to attorneys and legal providers. 
• Priority given to local attendees. 
• All attendees get access to free templates and resources on CAST's Legal Services cloud drive.
• Attendance both days is required for MCLE credit. No partial credit given.
• Supervising attorney must accompany paralegal, BIA Accredited Representative & law student.

If you have questions about the class or your registration, please email:

technicalassistance@castla.org

Register here: https://castla.quickbase.com/db/bmbtwqw58?a=nwr&_fid_29=122&dfid=14

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