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

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November 2019 Human Trafficking Update

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


Ohio Human Trafficking Funding Opportunity: Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Training Services Initiative
The Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF), in partnership with the Governor's Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, is seeking proposals from service providers to provide human trafficking victim support services, training and professional development, and prevention education. OCTF will award five to eight grants between $30,000 and $50,000 per award.

Seven people have been indicted on charges related to human trafficking, corrupt activity and drug possession.

A teen accused of killing a man in Over-the-Rhine this spring has been identified as a potential victim of labor trafficking.

An Erie County grand jury indicted a Toledo man for allegedly trafficking a developmentally disabled woman for sex in Erie County.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and lawmakers announced legislative priorities to address human trafficking, including separating the offenses of buying and selling sex into different offenses, creating a criminal offense for knowingly taking proceeds from a prostitute, and creating a public registry listing arrests of traffickers and purchasers of commercial sex.

Federal and state agents arrested two Cleveland brothers in a human trafficking investigation.

National anti-trafficking leader, Harold D'Souza, recently completed his new book, Frog in a Well: Turning Obstacles to Opportunities, and is taking a month-long trip to India to warn others of labor trafficking recruitment schemes.  

A woman from Gambia, who was sold to a family in Kuwait as a caretaker, was identified as a victim of human trafficking in Cleveland.

tools & technical assistance

2018 Ohio Human Trafficking Victim Data
The Office of Criminal Justice Services released 2018 human trafficking victim data from state sources. View the full report here.

New Resources on Continued Presence
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign has released new resources about Continued Presence:
- An updated brochure
- A three-part video that defines Continued Presence, who is eligible, and how to make a request

The Heart of RAHAB Ministries Podcast
RAHAB Ministries recently launched its new podcast which explores the ins and outs of human trafficking and the work of RAHAB to serve those who are exploited.

Emancipation Nation Podcast
Dr. Celia Williamson has launched her new podcast, Emancipation Nation to provide advocates with ways to competently fight various forms of human trafficking.

Webinar: Serving Victims of Human Trafficking with Developmental Disabilities
The Governor's Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force partnered with the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Bittersweet Farms, Inc. to host a webinar on the intersection of human trafficking and individuals with developmental disabilities. Access the recording here.

meetings & events

Human Trafficking Summit
January 9, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. @ Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St. Columbus, OH
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is hosting the inaugural Human Trafficking Summit to provide education and resources to help combat and end human trafficking.

Save the Date: 11th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day
February 27 @ Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH
Senator Teresa Fedor, Senator Stephanie Kunze, and Representative Tavia Galonski are hosting the 11th Human Trafficking Awareness Day. For more information, contact

2nd Annual Dancing for the Dreamers Gala 2020
April 18, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.@ Embassy Suites Columbus Airport, 2886 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH
3 Levels of Greatness is hosting its 2nd Annual Dancing for the Dreamers 2020 Gala. Funds will be used to purchase and furnish rehabilitative homes for survivors of human trafficking, open and staff training centers, and maintain operational expenses. The event includes a gourmet dinner, live music, ballroom dancing competition, and more. Click here to learn more.

Multidisciplinary Team Response to Child Sex Trafficking
May 4-7 @ Columbus, OH
The Fox Valley Technical College's National Criminal Justice Training Center is hosting a free, 3.5 day team-based training to guide existing multidisciplinary teams to improve their response to child sex trafficking.