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One Place Welcomes Human Trafficking Advocate to its Staff in March 2021

11 Mar 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous

One Place welcomed Natalie Woodfin, Human Trafficking Case Manager, to its Staff in March 2021. With experience in childhood education, social services and as an investigator for Child Protective Services, the Texas native has a passion for working with disadvantaged populations.

In her position with One Place, Woodfin hopes to develop the position further, creating more helpful resources for victims of human trafficking.

“I want to develop a better screening process – I think it is necessary,” Woodfin said, who started with One Place on March 1. “I’ve done a lot of work with … sexual abuse.”

I really enjoy working with the less fortunate – whether it’s child or adult,” Woodfin said, who worked with Child Protective Services for nearly seven years as well as in the foster care system. “Learning about the (trauma) made me realize what a need there is in the communities for these types of positions (human trafficking). I like that people are coming here, wanting help.”

Alabama is one of 17 states that does not have current legislation that requires state personnel to be trained on topics of human trafficking, according to research. One Place Lead Case Manager, Leslie Ledbetter stated Woodfin “will be able to assist in filling the training gap in Alabama, and be available for onsite consultation.”  

“Natalie comes to us as a trained forensic interviewer ready to use these skills in the field to better assist One Place Family Justice Centers and our partners in identifying and serving victims of human trafficking,” Ledbetter said. “The intersectionality of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking makes Natalie's role imperative in the work that we do.”

The Human Trafficking Institute recently reported only two convictions and one criminal case for the entire state of Alabama in 2019 concerning human trafficking. Scholars and professionals are recommending increasing forensic interviewing skills in front-line workers, such as social workers, nurses, and law enforcement to help identify potential cases.

As Human Trafficking Case Manager, Woodfin looks forward to working with law enforcement as well as advocating for victims.

“I’m open to learning about new avenues of teaching – working with the community, getting established with the [human trafficking] task force,” Woodfin said. “I love working with law enforcement and I enjoy going to court.”

With a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies, Woodfin has also worked in the state of Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities – hiking, camping, fishing, and traveling.


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