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Human Trafficking Task Force Holding Conference Thursday


The Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force is holding its second in a series of training conferences to educate the public as well as members of law enforcement, the legal community, and non-government organizations that provide services to victims and survivors of human trafficking.

The second training conference is scheduled for Thursday from 9:00 am-12:30 pm at Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, 1 College Drive, Batavia.

The Western District of New York includes the 17 counties: Allegany; Cattaraugus; Chautauqua; Chemung; Erie; Genesee; Livingston; Monroe; Niagara; Ontario; Orleans; Schuyler; Seneca; Steuben; Wayne; Wyoming; and Yates.

The conference will cover a victim-centered approach to identifying, investigating, and prosecuting trafficking cases and responding to trafficking victims and survivors. Presentations will include sex trafficking, labor trafficking, the intersection of domestic violence trafficking, and minor victims, and services and resources that are available for victims and survivors. Additional conferences will be held in the coming weeks and months throughout the Western District of New York.

More than 27 million people around the world endure the abuse of human trafficking and forced labor, including thousands of people right here in the United States. For more information on sex and labor trafficking, including services and resources, go to: https://ovc.ojp.gov/program/human-trafficking/overview.

The Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force, which includes the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, and International Institute of Buffalo, brings together law enforcement and social and legal service agencies to collaborate on human trafficking cases.

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