MORGANTOWN, WV (WV News) – Virtual Trafficking Prevention Training will be held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. as part of National Month for the Prevention of Human Trafficking and Slavery, US attorney Bill Powell announced.
The US Attorney’s Office has partnered with the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center and the Monongalia County’s Quick Response Team to offer “Human Trafficking 101: Victim Identification and Assistance”. The aim of the training is to convey the reality and gravity of human trafficking crimes and to enable those who respond to overdoses in our communities to identify and report the signs of human trafficking.
The training provides hands-on guidance on how to distinguish trafficking in human beings from other crimes and provides a comprehensive overview of state and federal anti-trafficking laws. It will also provide information on how to identify and trace victims of human trafficking, as well as how to initiate investigations into human trafficking.
The two-hour virtual training session, hosted by the Monongalia County QRT, includes presentations from U.S. Assistant Attorney Andrew Cogar of the northern district of West Virginia and Katie Spriggs, executive director of the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center. The training also features a question-and-answer discussion.
More than 100 attendees are expected, including law enforcement, EMS and service providers. The event is free of charge for registered people.
For more information about the training and to request participation, call 304-234-0100.