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

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October 2018 Human Trafficking Update

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


The Ohio Children's Trust Fund released a Request for Grant Applications to support prevention programs and community education campaigns in Ohio aimed at eliminating human trafficking and child exploitation. Interested organizations can learn more here.

The U.S. Department of Transportation established the Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking to develop and provide recommended best practices for state and local transportation stakeholders for combating human trafficking.

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted four people on charges of compelling prostitution, promoting prostitution and rape, among other charges. Additionally, a fifth person was indicted on obstruction of justice.

The University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute completed a study at the request of the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission on how traffickers target and connect with vulnerable children on the Internet through social media.

An Akron man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in persons, promoting prostitution, compelling prostitution and corrupting another with drugs.

tools & technical assistance

Engaging Volunteers and Interns: How Anti-Trafficking Programs Can Grow and Sustain Volunteer Programs
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime released a webinar recording focusing on best practices for training and engaging volunteers for human trafficking programs.

Human Trafficking and the Child Welfare Population in Florida
A new article presents the largest study to date of human trafficking allegations within a child welfare context, and compares children with allegations of human trafficking to others in the child welfare population.

meetings & events

Pound & Pour
November 1, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. @ Elks Lodge, 302 W North St. Lima, OH
The Northwest Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition is hosting a fundraiser to benefit survivors of human trafficking.

Freedom A La Cart Volunteer Mentor Training
November 10, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd. Columbus, OH
Freedom A La Cart is holding a training for individuals interested in serving as a mentor for a survivor of human trafficking in the CATCH Court program.

Anti-Human Trafficking Training
November 16-17 @ Veritas Community Church, 345 E 2nd Ave. Columbus, OH
She Has A Name is hosting a two day community education training to equip participants to understand, identify and respond to human trafficking.

Save the Date: 10th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day
February 28, 8:30 a.m. @ The Ohio Statehouse Atrium, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH
Representative Teresa Fedor is hosting the 10th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day. For more information, contact rep45@ohiohouse.gov.