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This roundtable will examine outreach efforts and services that are available to human trafficking victims, and seek to identify any gaps or roadblocks that may exist in regard to offering and accessing such services. This roundtable will also attempt to devise possible solutions to alleviate identified gaps or roadblocks to help ensure that victims of human trafficking are identified and adequately served throughout the state.
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What training is currently provided to law enforcement and agency (OTDA, DCJS, local social services) personnel to assist in identifying potential victims of human trafficking? How effective is it?
How do appropriate agencies and organizations learn of trafficking victims? What outreach efforts are currently employed to attempt to identify trafficking victims and encourage them to accept assistance?
What is the effect, if any, of laws mandating official certification of victim status as a precondition for certain types of benefits and services? Would victims be better or more promptly served if service providers could also certify a person's status as a human trafficking victim or if the law recognized the role of such entities, working in conjunction with law enforcement, to certify such status?
Are there areas in which it is particularly difficult to provide services to human trafficking victims (e.g. safe housing, medical services, counseling services)?
What special challenges arise in serving these persons (e.g., language barriers; differing customs; fear of reprisal)?