The Asian American Trafficking Outreach Project (AATOP) is an up-and-coming IOFA initiative that is focusing on gathering agencies and organizations in Chicago that are invested in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community to:
- Increase identification of Asian American victims of trafficking in the Chicago metropolitan area
- Build the capacity of Asian American-serving organizations to provide appropriate mental health and offer services to victims of trafficking in the Chicago metropolitan area
- Increase participation of Asian American organizations in anti-trafficking coalitions and task forces
AATOP held its first community forum last Wednesday with potential partners to brainstorm ways to move ahead with this program as trafficking among the API population is an issue that does not garner enough collaborative attention or support from API-serving organizations in a city with a large Asian American population.
Check out AATOP's blog here to keep updated on our next steps and future plans!
AATOP Program Development Intern