Safe Horizon Appoints Avaloy Lanning as Senior Director of Anti-Trafficking Program

Posted on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Safe Horizon Appoints Avaloy Lanning as Senior Director of the Anti-Trafficking Program

January 17, 2012 (New York, NY) -- Safe Horizon, one of the largest victims service agency in the country, announced today that Avaloy Lanning will serve as the Senior Director of its Anti-Trafficking Program.  Established in 2001, Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) is one of the largest service providers for survivors of human trafficking in the United States and one of the first to receive federal funding.

The ATP’s services are open to all individuals, regardless of age, who have been compelled to work against their will, including individuals who have been forced to work in the sex trade.  Since its founding the Anti-Trafficking Program has helped in over 360 cases within and outside the New York metropolitan area, giving human trafficking survivors from more than 60 countries the means to escape modern-day slavery. It is one of the few service providers that serve male and transgender victims of human trafficking.

Ms. Lanning was previously the director of the New Jersey Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the International Institute of New Jersey, a program she helped create, and New Jersey’s first-ever anti-human trafficking initiative.  Prior to joining Safe Horizon, Ms. Lanning was an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at Tarleton State University, her alma mater.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Avaloy join our anti-trafficking program,” said Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon. “Her many years of diverse experience coupled with her deep understanding of this complicated issue make her the ideal leader to drive Safe Horizon’s long-term mission to serve human trafficking victims.”

“Human trafficking exists in a world that is invisible to most of us, but it’s still the world we all inhabit, and we all share a responsibility to see that this exploitation is stopped and victims are protected,” said Lanning.  “I look forward to working with Safe Horizon and our various partners to provide comprehensive services that can help trafficked individuals gain greater control of their lives.”

According to Safe Horizon, one of the biggest barriers to helping victims is the difficulty of identifying them, and making them aware of their legal rights and the services available to protect them.  Safe Horizon works with a wide range of community organizations and institutions that are the most likely places for victims to come in contact with the public, including law enforcement agencies, health care facilities, places of worship and neighborhood businesses, and trains these institution to identify potential trafficking victims.  Safe Horizon has trained nearly 5,500 service providers, law enforcement agents and other partners, and has provided technical assistance to approximately 100 organizations on human trafficking issues.

Once victims are identified and contacted, they are referred to various services that provide legal, financial and emotional support.  These include:

• Culturally and linguistically sensitive services
• Shelter and housing referrals
• Supportive counseling and empowerment groups
• Linkages to other services
• Assistance with material needs
• Facilitation of access to public benefits
• Legal assistance
• Advocacy through the criminal justice system

For more information about Safe Horizon and its Anti-Trafficking Program, please visit www.safehorizon.org.



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