Human Trafficking Series

In 2020, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) developed and released the Issue Brief: Human Trafficking Prevention for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Settings. This Issue Brief outlines recommendations to integrate human trafficking prevention into RHY settings. The recommendations were developed based on RHY grantees feedback (i.e., current practice perceptions on human trafficking prevention for young people experiencing homelessness and housing instability), existing research and resources, CDC’s prevention principles, and the RHY programmatic framework.

This three-part series will build on information from the Issue Brief to increase participants’ understanding of, and capacity to integrate culturally responsive prevention strategies into their existing programs utilizing public health, trauma-informed, and Positive Youth Development (PYD) principles. This series is intended for FYSB Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grantees and is not open to the public. Please share with your agency colleagues. 

All grantees are invited to attend the virtual training. Grantees who would like to participate in one or both of the Technical Assistance (TA) Cafes must have attended the live virtual training or viewed the recording (linked below). 


Series Part 1: Human Trafficking Prevention: Strategies for RHY Programs

Date: July 21, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 PM ET (Virtual Training)

Youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability are trafficked for sex or labor at exponentially higher rates than other youth. Interventions, including prevention, should be responsive to the unique experiences, cultures, strengths, and needs of runaway and homeless youth.

This interactive virtual training will explore the integration of sex and labor trafficking prevention strategies grounded in public health, trauma-informed, and positive youth development (PYD) principles. This session will also highlight the root causes and social conditions related to RHY and human trafficking. Participants will have an opportunity to share their perspectives, ideas, and experiences.

Objectives:

  • Learn about the principles of prevention and the different levels of human trafficking (HT) prevention focusing on runaway youth and young people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. 
  • Identify opportunities to integrate HT prevention into an array of youth homelessness programs.
  • Utilize existing program framework to support HT prevention efforts at the individual and community level. 

Presenters:

  • Dr. Laura Murphy, Professor, Sheffield Hallam University, Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice
  • Ana Cody, Human Trafficking Advisor, Family and Youth Services Bureau
Click Here to View the Recording of Series Part 1 Virtual Training

Series Part 2: Technical Assistance (TA) Cafe: Sex Trafficking Prevention: Implementation in RHY Programs

Date: August 3, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET 

Participants must attend Part 1: Human Trafficking Prevention: Strategies for RHY Programs on July 21, 2021, or view the recording on the RHYTTAC E-learning site to participate in this event. You must be logged in to the E-learning site to be taken directly to recording, or you can search for 'Human Trafficking Series'.   

This TA Cafe will engage RHY grantees in the implementation of sex trafficking prevention practices with youth who have run away or are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Through peer-to-peer learning, facilitated discussion, and interactive coaching, participants will contribute to, and leave with usable strategies and next steps for integrating prevention practices within their existing programs.  

Following this TA Cafe participants will be prepared to:

  • Informally assess program/organizational capacity regarding sex trafficking prevention among youth experiencing homelessness (i.e., gaps, strengths, needs).
  • Integrate a prevention response based on the unique needs and strengths of youth experiencing homelessness, as well as public health, trauma-informed, and positive youth development principles.
  • Develop short-term and long-term strategies and goals for implementation.

Presenters:

  • Dashamir Pettway, Training & Capacity-Building Associate, Youth Collaboratory
  • Mirielle Milne, Consultant, Youth Catalyst Team, Youth Collaboratory

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Series Part 3: Technical Assistance (TA) Cafe: Labor Trafficking Prevention: Implementation in RHY Programs

Date: August 17, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Participants must attend Part 1: Human Trafficking Prevention: Strategies for RHY Programs on July 21, 2021, or view the recording on the RHYTTAC E-learning site to participate in this event. This recording will be posted shortly after the event occurs.

This TA Cafe will engage RHY grantees in the implementation of labor trafficking prevention practices with youth who have run away or are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Through peer-to-peer learning, facilitated discussion, and interactive coaching, participants will contribute to, and leave with usable strategies and next steps for implementing effective prevention practices with youth experiencing homelessness.

Following this TA Cafe participants will be prepared to:

  • Informally assess program/organizational capacity regarding labor trafficking prevention among youth experiencing homelessness (i.e., gaps, strengths, needs).
  • Integrate a prevention response based on the unique needs and strengths of youth experiencing homelessness, as well as public health, trauma-informed, and positive youth development principles.
  • Develop short-term and long-term strategies and goals for implementation.

Presenter:

  • Carolyn Kim, Managing Attorney, Justice At Last, Inc.

Register for Series Part 3