Montana Department of Justice, YWCA Partner to Increase Human Trafficking Awareness

The Montana Department of Justice (DOJ), in partnership with the Helena YWCA, will host an informational event designed to teach attendees the best ways to recognize, respond, and report suspected occurrences of human trafficking.

The public is invited to attend the free event on October 16 at the Helena YWCA at 501 North Park Avenue. A networking session begins at 5:30 pm, followed by welcoming remarks from Attorney General Tim Fox at 6:00 pm. A panel of experts in the field are scheduled to give informational presentations, including Dana Toole, Chief of the Children’s Justice Bureau at DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation; Jeannette Miller, FBI Victim Advocate; Lowell Hochhalter, Director of LifeGuard; and Detective Guy Baker, Missoula Police Department/Safe Streets Task Force.

“We appreciate this opportunity to partner with the Helena YWCA to make the public aware of the warning signs of human trafficking, and the resources available to help end the circle of violence for its victims,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Community events such as this could ultimately assist law enforcement in bringing criminals to justice, and helping rescue young women caught up in this horrific crime.”

For more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Monica Lindeen, Executive Director of YWCA Helena, said, “YWCA Helena has worked with a number of clients who also happen to be victims of human trafficking. We believe it is critically important for our community to be informed about what to look for and how they can help stop these terrible abuses.”

The event takes place during a two-day summit organized by DOJ for Montana’s human trafficking task force leaders and service providers. The summit’s goal is to increase communication among task force members across the state as well as define task force objectives.

For more information about the YWCA community event, call Kiley Gage at 442-8774. For more information about human trafficking, visit the DOJ’s website at: https://dojmt.gov/agooffice/human-trafficking/.