By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer

Individuals from 28 states and the District of Columbia gathered at the Galt House in downtown Louisville Oct. 24-25 to discuss and raise awareness about labor trafficking.

“We have identified many labor trafficking cases in the community including in the Louisville area, yet awareness is incredibly low,” said Marissa Castellanos, director of Catholic Charities’ Bakhita Empowerment Initiative, an anti-trafficking program.

“We’ve noticed that labor trafficking is not addressed sufficiently,” she said. “That impacts services as well as investigations. The conference is an important way to push the narrative forward and to better address labor trafficking.”

The national conference — presented by the Bakhita Empowerment Initiative  — aimed to educate the community about labor trafficking, including how to recognize it. Read more >