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

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November 2020 Human Trafficking Update

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


Four people were arrested at a Blue Ash hotel who are accused of conspiring to commercially sexually exploit a 16-year-old girl.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Trafficking in Persons awarded $8.8 million to support survivors of human trafficking.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children launched the Safety Pledge, a campaign and website that houses practical resources on internet safety.

The Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers is hiring an Accreditation and Outreach Specialist and a Multidisciplinary Team Resource Coordinator.

tools & technical assistance

Adult Certification Handout
The Office on Trafficking in Persons created an Adult Certification Handout to guide trafficked foreign national adults and their service providers on how to use a Certification Letter to apply for benefits and services.

Examining the Link: Foster Care Runaway Episodes and Human Trafficking
The Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation released a report on the relationship between runaway youth and human trafficking.

Field Summary: Leveraging VOCA Funding to Support Services for Human Trafficking Victims
The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center released a report outlining how Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance administrators use the funds to support services to victims of human trafficking.

meetings & events

Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team Conference: Serving Young Survivors
December 3, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Virtual
The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Canopy, and MetroHealth are hosting a conference on serving young survivors of sexual assault. Learn more and register here.

SOAR to Health and Wellness Virtual Human Trafficking Trainings
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center and the Administration for Children and Families are hosting a series of free 2-hour live SOAR to Health and Wellness trainings. Click on the below links to register. All times are 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
December 16, 2020 (delivered in Spanish)
February 17, 2021
May 19, 2021
June 16, 2021 (delivered in Spanish)
August 18, 2021

Ohio Attorney General's Annual Human Trafficking Summit
January 14, Virtual
The Ohio Attorney General is hosting his annual Human Trafficking Summit to provide education and resources to combat human trafficking.

Community Education Regarding Human Trafficking & Our Youth
January 26, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. & January 27, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Wayne County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, OneEighty and the Wayne County Advocacy Center are hosting a human trafficking training for direct service providers on January 26, and interested community members on January 27.

Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
January 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Virtual
End Slavery Cincinnati is hosting its annual Anti-Human Trafficking Conference. Register here.