August 2020 Update on Ohio's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

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August 2020 Human Trafficking Update

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


The Ohio Children's Trust Fund re-released a Request for Grant Applications for its Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Training Services Initiative to fund organizations in central, southeast, and southwest Ohio to serve minor victims of human trafficking, train child-serving professionals, and implement prevention activities.   

Three Columbus men were indicted on trafficking in persons charges following an investigation initiated by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.

A priest in northwest Ohio was arrested Tuesday by the Northwest Ohio Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force on sex trafficking charges.  

The Columbus Police Department warned against a new round of false social media posts of women being kidnapped from restaurants and trafficked in central Ohio.   

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $497,661 in grant funding to Jordan Community Resource Center to provide safe housing and other services to survivors of human trafficking.

Advocating Opportunity is hiring a Client Advocate with a focus on serving foreign nationals. Click here to view the job posting.

tools & technical assistance

Mask-Wearing Guidance for Survivors of Trauma
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network developed two resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault on how to navigate the statewide mask mandate resulting from the Coronavirus outbreak:
- Tips on Wearing Face Masks
- Tips on Managing Stress Caused by Mask Wearing

How to Start a Human Trafficking Specialized Docket Training Video Series
CATCH Court, the Governor's Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety developed a video training series to help communities start human trafficking specialized court dockets.
Part 1: Human Trafficking - How it Occurs and Who is Impacted
Part 2: Building Effective Partnerships
Part 3: Starting a Specialized Docket
Part 4: How to Attain Certification through the Supreme Court of Ohio
Part 5: Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in Court
Part 6: An Inside Look at the CATCH Court Program
Part 7: The Tangible Impact of Restorative Justice

The Trafficking of Youth with Disabilities
The International Organization for Adolescents, in collaboration with the National Human Trafficking and Disabilities Working Group, developed an educational booklet with targeted education for organizations serving trafficked youth, youth with disabilities, and at-risk youth.

Parent Resource Guide: Protecting Kids When They Go Online
The Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Initiative developed a resource for parents to protect their kids online.

meetings & events

Human Trafficking 101 Training
September 1, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. & September 3, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
The Northwest Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition is hosting two human trafficking trainings for community members to learn more about the issue and how to get involved in the local response. Click on the dates above for the respective event pages.

The University of Toledo International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference
September 23-25, Virtual
The University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute is hosting its annual conference virtually to unite the global community to learn, connect, and collaborate to combat human trafficking and promote social justice.

On the Margin: Foster Youth At Risk for Human Trafficking
October 20, 4 p.m., Virtual
The Ohio State Bar Foundation is hosting a virtual symposium featuring local leaders combating human trafficking to learn about how to protect Ohio's vulnerable youth.

Ohio Attorney General's 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Summit
January 14, 2021 (location & times are to be determined)
The Ohio Attorney General's office is looking for speakers for its 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Summit and is accepting proposals for breakout sessions. Click here to access the proposal form.