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Human Trafficking

Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  A Toolkit to Build Understanding
“Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.” – William Lloyd Garrison   Introduction Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking and MANY, in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, offers this toolkit as a resource for multidisciplinary professionals, policy makers, volunteers, faith communities, and others involved in anti-trafficking work. Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  A Toolkit to Build Understanding provides information on a variety of topics related to human trafficking with a specific focus on mentoring for commercial sexual exploitation victims. [Read further...]
How Mentoring Supports the Healing Journey for Victims and Survivors of CSEC
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington   People need people. We are social creatures! Each of us needs someone to encourage us when things go wrong and to cheer for us when we have success. So often it is others who see our potential and remind us of our worth. For youth who are at risk for [Read further...]
Mentoring for Youth with Backgrounds of Involvement in Commercial Sex Activity This literature review by David DuBois and Jennifer K. Felner at the University of Illinois at Chicago examines research on mentoring for youth with experiences of or at high risk of commercial sex activity and sexual exploitation. It presents information around documented effective practice and implication for practice. To read the full literature review, click here: Mentoring for Youth with Backgrounds of Involvement in Commercial Sex Activity
Awareness at a Cost:  The Risk of Unintentional Exploitation in Sharing Youth Voice
In the youth services provider community there has been a movement to recognize that youth involvement in meaningful roles is not just a good idea, but can actually lead to positive outcomes. “Nothing about me without me” (Valerie Billingham) is one of my favorite quotes to capture the idea that a young person must be fully involved in conversations about the services and goals intended to benefit them. Not simply involved, but leading the decision making. The value of bringing youth voice to efforts that raise awareness is a natural extension of this paradigm shift. Who better to narrate a [Read further...]
As the country recognizes January as National Human Trafficking Awareness and National Mentoring Month, Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Executive Director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking,  shares this moving personal reflection for the National Mentoring Resource Center. In addition to sharing her personal experience, Dr. Countryman-Roswurm speaks of hope and the power of mentoring to support young victims on their journey to surviving and to thriving.    
Program Overview The purpose of Mentoring Commercially Sexually Exploited Children/Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking program through the Office Of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is to enhance the capacity of applicant organizations to respond to the needs of child victims of CSE/DMST. Under this initiative, funded programs develop or enhance mentoring service models and mentor training based on best practices to focus on the needs of girls, boys, LGBTQ youth who are at risk or are victims of CSE/DMST; develop or update strategies to recruit and maintain mentors to serve under-identified and underserved populations; begin or enhance efforts to identify and enroll girls, [Read further...]
Sex Trafficking in the United States Issue Brief
“Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: A Closer Look at U.S. Citizen Victims,” an Issue Brief released on May 28, 2015, provides crucial insight into the realities of sex trafficking in the U.S. based largely on experiences reported by U.S. citizen survivors. The brief highlights key aspects of the U.S. sex trafficking industry, including how U.S. citizen victims are recruited and controlled, the relationships between victims and traffickers, common venues where sex trafficking occurs, and survivors’ level of access to opportunities for assistance. Based on information reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline and Polaris’s BeFree Textline in [Read further...]
Every day in the United States, children and adolescents are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Despite the serious and long-term consequences for victims as well as their families, communities, and society, efforts to prevent, identify, and respond to these crimes are largely under supported, inefficient, uncoordinated, and unevaluated. The IOM/NRC report offers recommendations concerning strategies for responding to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States, new legislative approaches, and a research agenda. http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2013/Confronting-Commercial-Sexual-Exploitation-and-Sex-Trafficking-of-Minors-in-the-United-States.aspx
This study, published by the WestCoast Children’s Clinic, describes the characteristics of sexually exploited minors (SEM) by building a body of knowledge around SEM in the larger community. Situating the youths’ experience within the framework of complex trauma, it illustrates how their characteristics and behaviors are adaptations to trauma and symptomatic of ongoing abuse. West Coast Children’s Clinic Research in Action
As victim identification continues to be an ongoing challenge for the anti-trafficking field, it is increasingly important for trafficking victim service providers to strategically reach out and engage other service fields that are highly likely to come into contact with potential victims of human trafficking in their daily work. Runaway and homeless youth (RHY) are at high-risk to both labor and sex trafficking due to their age, likely histories of trauma, displaced living situations, and lack of access to traditional support networks. The entire field designed to serve the RHY population is a critical example of a robust national network [Read further...]