Arlington shelter officials to talk about human trafficking in city

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ARLINGTON -- Addiction, unemployment and underemployment are the usual obstacles Arlington Life Shelter officials say they work to help their homeless clients overcome. But now the 25-year-old nonprofit is dealing with an unexpected challenge -- how to recognize and help victims of sexual slavery.

Assistant Executive Director Janel Holt, Community Initiatives Director Mark Young and Shelter Operation Director Karen Caston are participating in a panel discussion Thursday night about the reality of human trafficking in Arlington and what the shelter does to protect its clients.

"Our program is really about change. It's about people trying to become self-sufficient and getting themselves back on their feet," Holt said. "This is one more barrier they have to get through. It's one more possible danger they have to deal with."

The meeting, hosted by the Partners of the Arlington Life Shelter, is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. Light refreshments will be served.

The Arlington Life Shelter serves about 80 homeless people each night at its downtown location.

Those who need to stay longer than three nights are required to enroll in a structured program ranging from 9 to 12 weeks designed to help them obtain job skills to get back on their feet.

Online: arlingtonlifeshelter.org

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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