Pine Bluff-area faith leaders will be given free training on aiding victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in a Thursday workshop at First United Methodist Church, located at 200 West Sixth Ave. here.

Pine Bluff-area faith leaders will be given free training on aiding victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in a Thursday workshop at First United Methodist Church, located at 200 West Sixth Ave. here.

Workshop hours will be 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Instructors will be Angela McGraw and Reagan Stanford. The conference is being sponsored by the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Catholic Charities Immigration Services in partnership with Healing Place Ministries.

Rev. Edna Morgan, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church, is president of Healing Place Ministries, which is headquartered at the church.

According to the coalition, an untold number of women, including many who are further victimized by their status as undocumented immigrants, are in abusive relationships. Also, the coalition states that human trafficking has become a worldwide “epidemic” and has been reported in every state.

The training will help faith leaders learn how to better identify victims of abuse and human trafficking, and recognize added barriers and legal remedies for immigrant victims of domestic violence.

Topics to be covered in the training will also include the dynamics of domestic violence, and the federal Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Immigrants’ “barriers” and victim assistance willbe stressed.

Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a nonprofit organization that was initiated in 1981. Its goals are to:

• Strengthen the existing support systems serving battered women and their children.

• Develop legislation that provides legal protection to victims.

• Promote public policies that meet the needs of victims.

• Pursue funding for programs working with battered women and their children, and

• Provide training for the public and those working with victims.

McGraw is a 2005 graduate of the Advanced Institute on Violence and Victim Studies. A graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., she is certified as a specialized instructor for domestic violence dynamics by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

Stanford is the crime victims services coordinator of Catholic Charities Immigration Services. She trains law enforcement agencies on legal remedies available to immigrant victims of sexual and violent crimes.

For more information or to register, visit the Web site www.domesticpeace.com (click on “workshops” and then select “training,”) e-mail McGraw at amcgraw@domesticpeace.com or Stanford at cvsu@dolr.org, or telephone Morgan at 535-0935.