June 2018 Update on Ohio's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

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June 2018 Human Trafficking Update

A brief overview of current news and updates on Ohio's anti-trafficking movement


On June 20, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 4, which clarifies the list of offenses that may be expunged from the criminal records of human trafficking survivors.

Within the last year, the Ohio Investigative Unit has put a new emphasis on identifying victims of human trafficking as part of their role to investigate liquor, tobacco and food stamp violations.

A Detroit man and woman have been charged in connection to the human trafficking of a 20-year-old Columbus, Ohio woman after allegedly commercially sexually exploiting her in Detroit.

On June 7, Columbus police arrested a man for allegedly compelling women to perform commercial sex acts through extreme violence and exploitation of their heroin addictions.

On June 7, two residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma were indicted by a federal grand jury on human trafficking-related charges for offenses including transporting a minor from Ohio to Pennsylvania with the intent that the minor would engage in commercial sex acts.

A woman who was trafficked as an unpaid laborer in bakeries, restaurants and homes in various cities in the U.S., including Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded nearly $8 million in damages by a federal judge in Kansas.

tools & technical assistance

Effective Management Series: Building Resiliency in Victim-Serving Organizations
The National Victim Assistance Academy is hosting a three-week online training series on building resiliency for managers and leaders in victim-serving organizations.  

Implementing the Model Standards: A Primer for Victim Service Program Managers
The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting an online, four-week training on guidelines and suggestions to help victim service practitioners improve the quality and consistency of their response to crime victims.

Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas: A Data Analysis
Polaris released a report highlighting the practice of labor trafficking on temporary work visas and next steps for addressing identified problems.

Family Reunification Webinar
The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center has made available a webinar recording on approaches, successes and challenges of family reunification for survivors of human trafficking.

meetings & events

Upcoming Human Trafficking 101 Training Opportunities:

July 13, 1 p.m. @ John McIntire Library, 220 N 5th St. Zanesville, OH 43701
Human Trafficking 101 hosted by the Mid-East Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition. For more information, email lisa.wilson.rn@outlook.com.   

July 15, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. @ Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N High St. Columbus, OH
Human Trafficking 101 hosted by the Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition.

July 16, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. @ Van Wert First United Church, 113 W Central Ave. Van Wert, OH
Human Trafficking 101 hosted by the YWCA of Van Wert County and Van Wert First United Methodist Church.

4th Annual Nate Vermote Run to Freedom
July 29, 8 a.m. @ Medina Public Square Historic District, Medina, OH
The Medina County Children's Center is hosting its 4th annual 5K run/1 mile walk to raise awareness of human trafficking.

She Has A Name Community Education Program
August 1, 8 & 15, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. @ Veritas Community Church, 345 E 2nd Ave. Columbus, OH
She Has A Name is hosting a three-week training to equip community members on understanding human trafficking, caring for those affected, and connecting with local initiatives. Click here to register and find additional information.

CLE Unites to End Human Trafficking
September 13 @ Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St. Cleveland, OH 
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking is hosting its Annual 2018 Collaborative Luncheon. Registration is coming soon.  

Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference
September 20-21 @ The University of Toledo, 2801 W Bancroft St. Toledo, OH
The University of Toledo's Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute is hosting its 15th Annual Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference. Learn more and register online.