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The Intersections of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

Categories: Human Trafficking, News

Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking have many similarities. The dynamics of human trafficking bear many similarities to the cycles of power and control that characterize domestic violence situations.Some of those are intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, coercion, and threats. YWCA MC staff recently had the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the intersections between human trafficking and domestic violence through a virtual training hosted by Ruby’s Place. As Ruby’s Place is another DV/HT-focused agency based out of Castro Valley, they were able to pass on valuable insight. Staff from Ruby’s Place shared their expertise on particular areas of importance, such as trauma-informed care, forms of immigration relief for labor trafficking victims, and addressing client needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the fields of DV and HT service provision are replete with nuances and rapidly evolving challenges, YWCA MC is committed to providing staff with ongoing professional opportunities such as this training.

For more information about Ruby’s Place, visit their website at https://www.rubysplace.org For more information about the intersections of DV and HT, visit the website for Polaris’s National Human Trafficking Hotline: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/resources/human-trafficking-intersections-domestic-violence. Trafficking remains in Monterey County and we need to support these victims to help them regain their freedom.

YWCA-MC provides comprehensive programs to stop Human Trafficking.  Our programs include shelter, a housing program, mental health services, legal aid and more. The help we provide victims is immeasurable.  When women in crisis need support, they turn to the YWCA in Monterey.  As a primary resource for shelter in Monterey, we continue to need donations. If your values are in line with ours, please consider donating now!  We rely on community support.










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