Human trafficking awareness training dates announced for Western Kentucky

07/12/2017 10:57 AM

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office is offering human trafficking awareness training this July and August in several cities in Western Kentucky, plus Lexington and Louisville.

The training is open to health care workers, law enforcement officials, first responders and civic leaders.

Here is a look at upcoming training dates and details:

  • Monday, July 17 & Tuesday, July 18 – Keeneland Staff
  • Monday, July 24- Lourdes Hospital in Paducah for law enforcement & first responders
  • Monday, July 24 – Majestic Steak House in Benton during the Marshall County Rotary Club’s monthly meeting
  • Monday, July 24 – Joe Creason Community Center in Benton for law enforcement & first responders
  • Tuesday, July 25 – Three trainings at Lourdes Hospital for clinical staff
  • Friday, July 28 – Fayette County Public School staff
  • Tuesday, August 1 – Jefferson County Public School psychologists
  • Tuesday, August 8 – Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Conference in Lexington

“Human trafficking represents the worst form of abuse, often to children, and it is increasing all over Kentucky,” Beshear said in a statement. “It occurs in every county, city and community in this state. We have an opportunity and obligation to prevent, identify and prosecute human trafficking cases.”

The attorney general’s office, along with Catholic Charities of Louisville, received a federal grant in 2016 to address trafficking; the first Department of Justice grant ever awarded to a Kentucky agency for human trafficking. The federal grant provides support to the statewide human trafficking task force in its efforts to develop a process for collecting and interpreting data on human trafficking.

That funding also allowed a specially trained human trafficking investigator to be hired.

Beshear’s office has held previous training sessions. The first was held at the end of last year.

Additionally, in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, Beshear took part in the second annual “Hats Off” luncheon benefiting the Kristy Love Foundation. The foundation offers shelter and helps victims of human trafficking as they recover.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at Madeline.Janicki@charter.com.

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