On May 31, Project Light presented the essentials of human trafficking to the program staff of Disability Rights and Resources in Charlotte. Three staff attended in person, while two attended via Zoom Video Communications.
DR&R is the Center for Independent Living that advocates the rights and the independence of people with disabilities of any nature serving Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, and Union counties. Their mantra is: FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE… ADVANCING INDEPENDENCE. Although “the basics” were covered, the presentation stressed that as an advocate for people with disabilities, DR&R serves as a critical “protective factor” for a population at high risk for trafficking. The “red flag” signs of trafficking were presented, as were various actions to be taken if staff encountered the existence of possible trafficking.
Project Light will follow up with the Program Director with additional information regarding trafficking resources in their area and ascertain if additional training might be desired for staff and/or DR&R clients.