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OVC Webinar: Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities, Office for Victims of Crime,Train

Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

Carol Gomez, LCSW and Shannon Going, JD - 2015/1/21

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to welcome Carol Gomez and Shannon Going to the OVC Web Forum.

They will be available to answer your questions on best practices for Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities.

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Co-host bios:

Carol Gomez, LCSW 01/21/2015 online discussion cohost Topic: Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

Carol Gomez, LCSW, isa trauma-informed therapist and restorative justice mediator for youth and families. She counsels young people victimized by commercial sexual exploitation as part of a diversion program for trafficked children and adolescents initiated in 2014 in Los Angeles County. She also provides local and global anti-oppression and trauma-informed training, consultation, therapy, and coaching services through the Hearts and Minds Solidarity Counseling Project.

Ms. Gomez has more than two decades of experience working on issues related to violence against women, immigrant rights, victim services, and social justice community organization. She is the founder and former director of Matahari: Eye of the Day, an organization committed to building solidarity and creating community solutions for social justice and human rights. At Matahari, she managed multidisciplinary teams and coordinated holistic care for immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic and sexual abuse, and other human rights violations.

Ms. Gomez has published and coauthored several reports and articles on supporting survivors of violence and trauma and creating community responses in the wake of trauma. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Boston College School of Social Work, and she guest lectures at campuses throughout Massachusetts. Ms. Gomez previously served on the boards of United for a Fair Economy and the Resist Foundation, and she was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Shannon Going 01/21/2015 online discussion cohost Topic: Serving Trafficking Victims in Immigrant Communities

Shannon Going is the Attorney Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center’s (CCLC’s) Human Trafficking Program, where she represents immigrants in visa applications for U and T nonimmigrant status based on labor trafficking and exploitation. Before joining CCLC, Ms. Going served as the Immigration Project Director and Staff Attorney for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation’s Labor and Civil Rights Litigation Project. Ms. Going has experience working with family-based immigration petitions, obtaining nonimmigrant status for qualifying victims of crime and trafficking, and state and federal employment litigation, with a focus on class action lawsuits on behalf of low-wage workers.


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