YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Law enforcement, attorneys, judges and advocates attended a workshop on Thursday at YSU about helping human trafficking victims.
Some of the issues brought up included a lack of resources at smaller police stations and language barriers.
The purpose of the workshop was to discuss solutions to these problems, as well as the rights that immigrant crime victims have.
“What we see is that…the advocates and attorneys don’t know what legal rights immigrant crime victims have. It’s one of the reasons they don’t get all the help that they need,” said Leslye Orloff, Director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project.
She says more rights exist today for victims, and there are protections that help them come forward that didn’t exist 30 years ago.