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Thank you for participating in OVC's Web Forum Guest Host Series. We hope this discussion will help you better serve crime victims. Please continue to discuss this and other topics with your colleagues on ...
OVCRC
01/21/2015
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How should a victim proceed with reporting sex trafficking to the police?
vanessa
01/21/2015
arrow icon Depending on the part of the country you may be in – you may...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Hi Vanessa, If the victim is in a position to reach out to...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon They can either contact the local police who will generally ...
S Going
01/21/2015
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I am a graduate student at UCLA working on a policy paper about reintegration programs for CSEC survivors in LA County. Are there any "model" or "gold standard" reintegration or rehabil...
Morgan Sokol
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Hi Morgan, I am not immediately aware of efficacy studies/r...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
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How can we begin to build rapport with an immigrant to trust that we are there to help and not to further traumatize them?
Hillary
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
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S Going
01/21/2015
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What are the experiences of sex trafficking survivors with police? I know that many immigrant communities have a luck of trust of police in their home countries. Do you think this has an impact on how vic...
Anila Duro
01/21/2015
arrow icon Research wise -- it might be interesting to learn from vario...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon cont'd....general relationships between particular immigrant...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Hi Anila, There is a great deal of variance in the experie...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Thank you. Do you mean like the vice unit?
Anila Duro
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 3: Unfortunately even where departments are providing t...
S Going
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 2: One thing I've seen that is helpful is when law enfo...
S Going
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 1: In my experience working with international traffick...
S Going
01/21/2015
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I would like to know what services are available for Latino/a Trafficking Victims within NC, particularly in the Charlotte area. I know of some grassroot organizations, but none necessarily serving this im...
C Gomez Mendez
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon The Polaris Project (http://www.polarisproject.org/) is a gr...
S Going
01/21/2015
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I feel that a very broad brush is being used to define Human Trafficking. How are charges against human trafficking crimes going to be applied when prostitution and gang related activities are now included...
Kelly B
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
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Ms Gomez/Ms Going - In your experience what collaborative concepts have succeeded the most in rescuing a victim and reintegrating them into society?
Jessica Vincent
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
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S Going
01/21/2015
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What can we do to protect our mental health providers who are outreaching or providing services to this population? We have experienced threats and a destruction of property by the trafficking leaders and...
Kathy C.
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
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I live in an isolated community of about 100,000 people. With the oil boom going on there are man camps set up for workers and hotels are constantly full. With the influx of people specifically, lonely men...
Heather Hodge
01/21/2015
arrow icon Cont'd: So getting clarity ahead of time, having memorandum...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon In SE Arizona (Tucson), we formed a Sex Trafficking Response...
Jessica Vincent
01/21/2015
arrow icon Yes, certainly working closely with law enforcement and proa...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
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Heather Hodge
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 2: These may open up venues for conversation and if th...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 1: If you suspect that the girls are under-aged, or if ...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
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S Going
01/21/2015
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Is human trafficking more of a problem in immigrant communities in the US than in other communities?
Lori
01/21/2015
arrow icon Accurate and exact data is not easily accessible, however im...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
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S Going
01/21/2015
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How can we better engage with immigrant communities?
Elizabeth
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/26/2015
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What is the first step in verifying if someone has been a victim of human trafficing? Then once you have some information, whom do you contact to get some assistance, not only for the victim but for the fa...
nicole
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Call 911 or consult with police re: the case. For immigrants...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
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S Going
01/21/2015
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S Going
01/21/2015
arrow icon I found this document for Screening for Human Trafficking by...
Jessica Vincent
01/21/2015
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Nell Green
01/21/2015
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Many victims of trafficking are working as slaves in the commercialized sex industry under the presumption that they are moving to the United States for an education or better resources to have a healthy p...
zarina samai
01/21/2015
arrow icon Thanks Zarina for the question. The current laws in the US ...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Labor trafficking victims often go undetected because the ci...
S Going
01/21/2015
arrow icon Trafficked individuals who are undocumented also avoid conta...
S Going
01/21/2015
arrow icon There are a number of factors that make the trafficking vict...
S Going
01/21/2015
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Ms Gomez, please tell us about the healing process for young people victimized by commercial sexual exploitation?
Carl Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon FINAL Part 22: Work in partnership with survivor/s to name,...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Part 21 12. Capitalize on Survivor strengths and Leadership...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Part 20 9. My Life so far from A-Z -- Engage in Life Review...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Part 19: 8. What Happens When my Emotions are too Frighteni...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Part 18 7. What Happens When I Feel Emotions? Explore surv...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Part 17: • For youth – often loss, rejection – of longing f...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Part 16: • Some who had been arrested/detained by ICE – exp...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Part 15: 6. What are my Greatest Needs at this time? Askin...
Carol J Gomez
01/22/2015
arrow icon Part 14: For trafficked immigrants – it is crucial to asses...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 13: Working with survivor to collaborate with communi...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 12: 5. How am I going to Survive? Can I be safe from H...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 11: Will I be protected if I chose to testify against ...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Thank you for your details elaboration on the healing proces...
Zarina Samai
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 10: Similarly, for US born survivors, it would be cruc...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 9: 3. (For Immigrants)What country conditions did I le...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 8: Together, with humility, honesty, deep listening, b...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 7: 1. Can I Trust You (Counselor, Advocate, Teacher, P...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 6: Although in countries with less internal security, ...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 5: These situations cross class, race, gender and incl...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 4: In my research work in the past, I had interviewed ...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 3: This too can lead children to seek out attention a...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
arrow icon Part 2: Some were born to caregivers who are drug, and who ...
Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
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Can we really undermine the business of human trafficking by addressing the many levels of commercial exploit of another person by changing our intervention example if a family sells a child that means tha...
Elisa Jimenez
01/21/2015
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Carol J Gomez
01/21/2015
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S Going
01/21/2015
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S Going
01/21/2015
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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to welcome Shannon Going and Carol Gomez to the OVC Web Forum. They will be available to answer your questions on best practices for Serving Trafficking Vic...
OVCRC
01/21/2015
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