Child Trafficking In-service Materials
Materials from the Partnership to End Human Trafficking: Keeping Kids Safer Online
Resources for Keeping Kids Safer Online:
NetSmartz PowerPoint Presentations - free, multimedia internet safety presentations tailored for specific audiences — parents and communities, teens, tweens, and younger children
Safety Pledge: https://safetypledge.org/
National CASA/GAL Association Network Webinar: Advocating for Trafficked and High-Risk Child and Youth Victims
Materials from the session:
Recording (registration required, enter your contact info and choose "I am a CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocate")
Frequently Asked Questions
Stages of Change
Resiliency in survivors of human trafficking: An exploratory study of clinicians’ perspectives of protective factors
Needs of CSEC Victims
Chrystul Kizer, accused of killing her alleged sex trafficker, freed on bail after two years
Article from The Washington Post
Chrystul Kizer, a 19-year-old who could face life in prison on charges of murdering her alleged sex trafficker, was freed from a Wisconsin jail on Monday after two years awaiting trial.
Her $400,000 bond was paid by the Chicago Community Bond Fund, an advocacy group that has been flooded with donations in recent weeks as it worked to free protesters jailed during demonstrations that erupted after the police killing of George Floyd. Kizer walked out of the Kenosha County Detention Facility carrying two trash bags full of letters she has received from supporters.
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Resources
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The resources below are designed to help agencies support survivors of sex trafficking and minors at risk of sexual exploitation:
“At Risk for Sex Trafficking: Youth Who Run Away From Foster Care” data snapshot
“Collaborating With Youth-Serving Agencies to Respond to and Prevent Sex Trafficking of Youth” brief
Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking, Parts 1–3, learning experiences (available on CapLEARN, the Center’s virtual learning site)
“Identifying Minors and Young People Exploited Through Sex Trafficking: A Resource for Child Welfare Agencies” brief
“Summary: National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare” report
New Canaan and Darien Magazine article by Timothy Dumas
Krishna Patel, a former federal prosecutor in Connecticut, and Rod Khattabi, a former special agent based in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s New Haven office, are two of the state’s leading authorities on human trafficking. “This happens in Greenwich,” Patel says. “It happens in Fairfield. It happens in Westport and in all of these towns.” Sex trafficking happens in myriad ways, not all of them gritty and streetwise. Indeed, trafficking could be going on in the house next door.
Though trafficking is an age-old practice, it strikes us as a twenty-first century phenomenon because it’s expanding so rapidly, and because we have a better understanding of the staggering numbers: Roughly 40 million humans are enslaved in some fashion—more than at any other time in history, according to the Polaris Project, which seeks to eradicate global human trafficking. “We have to get people to stop thinking it’s only happening in India or Cambodia or Bangladesh. They need to know that it’s happening here, and it’s growing.”
Tow Youth Justice Institute: Issue Brief on human trafficking
Without someone to take notice of red flags, youth can easily fall into dangerous environments. Victims of human trafficking come from all walks of life and can be anyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or citizenship status. Traffickers frequently prey on individuals who are poor, vulnerable, living in an unsafe situation, or are in search of a better life.
The biggest needs in Connecticut are better and expanded laws around protections for victims and prosecution of buyers, additional provider services, schools ensuring their staff are trained as mandated by existing law and allowing youth education into the schools.
Understanding and Supporting Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Handout and PowerPoint presentation from the "Understanding and Supporting Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children" session that was presented at the National CASA Conference in Boston on 3/12/18.
The session was led by Katryn Little, Clinical Director at My Life My Choice in Boston.
Powerpoint Presentation from CAC's 6/4/18 In-Service with Erin Williamson from Love146: Unlocking the Narrative
Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. Love146's prevention education curriculum is designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. It uses a holistic approach focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities.
The group's professional training efforts are spread throughout the U.S. and Asia, providing professionals, with the tools they need to prevent the trafficking of children, as well as identify and support victims.
State Steps up Efforts to End Child Sex Trade
Article in the Norwalk Hour.
A map of sex trafficking arrests in Connecticut during the past 10 years would show them occurring frequently at lodging establishments on highways near larger cities, but also along Route 15 and all the interstates. FBI Special Agent Wendy Bowersox said, “95 is definitely one of our hotspots,” from the New York line to the casinos.
Documentary film: I Am Jane Doe
Called “a gripping legal thriller” (Esquire), “a powerful call to action” (The Los Angeles Times), “the rare social-issue documentary that has an effect on a social issue” (The Washington Post), I AM JANE DOE chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds site that for years was part of the Village Voice. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of others, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer. It is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.
Here's a link to the film. The film is currently available on: Netflix, iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play, Amazon, and DVD