Photographer: Phil Bonner, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1995
Anti-trafficking Efforts Since Then:
El Monte Thai Garment Slavery in 1995 and Today

"On Aug. 2, 1995, 72 Thai garment workers who had been trapped in enslavement for years in El Monte, CA, were finally freed. As the authorities raided the compound of townhouses converted into sweatshops, they unmasked the first recognized case of modern-day slavery in the United States since the abolishment of slavery."

Human Trafficking and API Communities
Asian women are the most trafficked group worldwide. Each year, East Asia/Pacific region is the largest source of victims trafficked into the U.S. Check the links below to see a few cases that have been uncovered in 2017. 

What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is synonymous with human smuggling.

While trafficking does not require transportation, smuggling requires illegal border crossing and generally involves the consent of the person(s) being smuggled. It becomes trafficking when force or coercion is introduced. 
Human trafficking only happens in developing countries. 
Human trafficking is a global issue. Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia are all affected. 
Human trafficking only occurs in illegal underground industries.

Human trafficking has been reported in business markets such as restaurants, hotels, and manufacturing plants, as well as underground markets such as commercial sex in residential brothels and street based commercial sex.
Victims of human trafficking will attempt to seek help.
A variety of factors prevent victims from self-identifying as a victim. They may be threatened through violence or fear retaliation from traffickers; they may not trust outside services or authorities if they are foreign nationals; and they may not be in possession of or have control of their identification documents.
There must be physical restraint, physical force, bodily harm, or physical bondage in a human trafficking situation.
Physical elements may be used, but psychological means of control-subtler forms of coercion-such as threats, fraud, or abuse of the legal process, can also play a role in controlling the victim. 
Individuals must be forced or coerced into commercial sex acts to be victims of human trafficking.
Under U.S. federal law, any minor under the age of 18 who is induced to perform commercial sex acts is a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether he or she is forced or coerced.

Hepatitis Screening
What's been going on?

July 28 was the World Hepatitis Day, and our Healthcare and Prevention Department held a Hepatitis Screening event to raise awareness among AAPI community members to get screened.

Tips: Free screenings are available at the Asian Free Clinic and at quarterly clinics specifically for Hep B screening during February, May, August, and November. Please contact Chin-Yin Shih at 614-220-4023 ext. 224 or for more information.
What you may find useful

Women's Quilting Group
AACS Community Events

This project seeks to connect women, share stories of courage, create beauty, and move towards healing in our lives with one another.

All craft supplies will be provided, and take-home kits will be available. The group will be hosted from 1 pm to 3 pm on Thursdays at our office (4700 Reed Rd., Suite B, Columbus Ohio, 43220).

To learn more about our quilting group or are interested in attending, please contact Chin-Yin Shih at or 614-220-4023 ext. 224.

Korean Seniors Program
Youth and Family Department

This program offers Korean seniors who are 55 years of age or older living in Franklin County with public assistance and culturally appropriate support services.

To learn more about the program or if you have any question, please contact Daniel "Danny" Nam at or 614-220-4023 ext. 223.
Youth and Family Department

If you have questions about:
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare Part A, B, & D 
  • Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) 
  • (Medicare Part D) Extra Help
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) 
  • Food Stamp Program (SNAP) 
  • Cash Assistance 
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Homestead Exemption for property tax
  • Golden Buckeye Card
  • AT&T Lifeline
  • Free Clinic
  • Other related questions 
Please contact  Chin-Yin Shih at 614-220-4023 ext. 224 or for more information and for a FREE screening for benefits eligibility. is a free resource designed to help students address the costs of college without the burden of unsustainable debt. The staff  believe in education's intrinsic value and the right of everyone to pursue a degree. By taking advantage of the free money available to you, you can further your education without making loan payments.

There are multiple scholarships for AAPI, African American, Hispanic, Native American, and undocumented students to apply for. Check here

Summer is a Great Time to Get  Healthy, Active, and Quit Smoking
Asian Smokers' Quitline

ASQ is opened Monday through Friday, 7 am to 9 pm Pacific Time (10 am - Midnight Eastern Time).  To enroll, call or register online today!
Check more info about quitting smoking on our website!

Volunteers Needed
Community Education Department
Youth & Family Department

AACS is seeking committed volunteers who can help support our programs! We have a particular need in our civic engagement program. 
  • To learn more about our programs and overview of volunteer opportunities, check out our website or contact Margo Arnold (614-220-4023 ext. 226, 
  • To volunteer for our Healthy Asian Youth (HAY) program, please contact Franchesca Brown (216-732-1570,
  • Inquiries regarding unpaid internships (both summer and during the semester) are also welcome.