July 2019 Update on Ohio's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

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July 2019 Human Trafficking Update

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


U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reintroduced a bill that would officially list drug addiction as a method of coercing someone into either commercial sex acts or forced labor.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that commercial drivers convicted of human trafficking will be permanently banned from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

Human trafficking operations led to the arrests of 49 people during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cleveland.

A Columbus man faces the possibility of life in prison after admitting to the murder of a woman whom he solicited for commercial sex.

A Youngstown man and woman have been charged by a Mahoning County Grand Jury in connection with the human trafficking of an 8-year-old girl.

A Toledo pastor was sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking a minor and other crimes. A jury in March convicted him of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor, sex trafficking, child exploitation and obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation.

A Cleveland duo accused of selling a 13-year-old girl for sex has been indicted on human trafficking charges.

A Columbus man has been indicted on 12 felony counts, including trafficking in persons, commercial sexual exploitation of a minor and prostitution-related charges.

tools & technical assistance

Interactive Public Benefits Map for Immigrant Survivors and Children
The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) announced the publication of its Interactive Public Benefits Map and State-by-State Public Benefits Charts. The resources break down the types of public benefits available to immigrant survivors and children, based on immigration status, type of immigration case and by state.

Funding Opportunity: Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, will make $13,500,000 available in grants to implement and provide housing and trauma-informed, victim-centered services to victims of human trafficking.

meetings & events

Street Outreach Training
August 5, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. @ 966 E. Main St. Columbus, OH
The Salvation Army of Central Ohio is hosting a training for individuals interested in conducting street outreach to trafficking victims in Columbus.  

Human Trafficking Community Education Program
August 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. & August 10, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Veritas Community Church, 345 E. 2nd Ave. Columbus, OH
She Has A Name is hosting a two-day community education program on the nature of human trafficking, working with survivors and central Ohio's coordinated response efforts.

Bike to Brew
September 14, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ 4KD Crick Brewery, 211 Carpenter Rd. Defiance, OH
The Six County Chapter of the Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition is hosting a fundraiser to support survivors of human trafficking.

The University of Toledo's International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference
September 19-20 @ The University of Toledo, 3154 N. Towerview Blvd. Toledo, OH
The University of Toledo's Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute is hosting its annual conference to learn, connect and collaborate to combat human trafficking.

Save the Date: CLE Unites to End Human Trafficking
September 26 @ Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St. Cleveland, OH
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking is hosting its annual luncheon, featuring Kylla Lanier, Deputy Director and Co-Founder of Truckers Against Trafficking.