Cultural Diversity Community Outreach

racial justiceWe:

  • Advocate for people who are facing discrimination and prejudice
  • Conduct Cultural Awareness Workshops
  • Provide culturally specific education, information and referrals
  • Provide community outreach in Ohio Valley


Current Programs:

The 2017 Project on Racism Essay Contest: is open to any student in grades 1—12 attending public, private, parochial, or home school in the State of West Virginia; or any student under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in the State of West Virginia.  The student does NOT have to be a U.S. citizen.

Click here to access: MLK Essay Contest Packet – fall 2017

Stand Against Racism – is a movement of the YWCA that aims to
eliminate racism by raising awareness through its annual event which takes place the last Friday of each April. We address the root cause of racism and encourage conversations across diverse communities in the USA.

STOP – Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel Counties – (STOP Violence Against Women Program) encourages governmental and nongovernmental agencies to restructure and strengthen the criminal justice system response to be proactive in dealing with the problem of violence against women.

Ron Scott, Director

Human Trafficking in the United States
There are 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 12 – 14 years old. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 136 goods from 74 countries made by forced and child labor.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Trafficking in persons is the second largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, second only to drug trade. There are more people entrapped in human trafficking today than were enslaved at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

In 2013, there were almost 1,000 cases of labor trafficking cases inside the United States reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. Labor trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists throughout the United States and globally. Labor traffickers — including labor recruiters, contractors, and employers — use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many different industries.

U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, women, men, and children can be victims of labor trafficking. Immigration status, recruitment debt, isolation, poverty, and a lack of strong labor protections are just some of the vulnerabilities that can lead to labor trafficking. Common types of labor trafficking in the United States include people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, farmworkers coerced through violence as they harvest crops, or factory workers held in inhumane conditions. Labor trafficking has also been reported in door-to-door sales crews, carnivals, and health and beauty services.

Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered to be human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion.

Sex traffickers frequently target victims and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry for their own profit. Sex trafficking exists within diverse and unique sets of venues and business including fake massage businesses, escort services, residential brothels, in public on city streets and in truck stops, strip clubs, hostess clubs, hotels and motels, and elsewhere.

In November 2013, the YWCA Wheeling executed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Commission on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) regarding the provision of services to victims of human trafficking. The YWCA Wheeling is USCRI’s first and only service provider for victims of human trafficking in the State of West Virginia.

In addition to victim services, the YWCA Wheeling provides information and training on the problem of human trafficking in general and in our community. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at 304-232-0511 or

You can also contact the Human Trafficking Resource Center. They are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and they are available in over 200 different languages. The website is, call (888) 373-7888 or SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”).

Contact the YWCA Wheeling at 304.232.0511 or via email at