March 2021 Human Trafficking Task Force Newsletter

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March 2021 Human Trafficking Update

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


The Expanding Human Trafficking Justice Act was announced and is slated to be introduced in the Ohio Senate. If passed, the bill would remove the predicate offenses required for victims of trafficking to qualify for expungement of their records in Ohio. 

The Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission released the fourth edition of the Standards of Service for Trafficked Persons.

Human trafficking charges were brought against a former U.S. gymnastics coach. 

Eight men were arrested, including one from Ohio, during an anti-trafficking operation in Jackson County, Indiana.

tools & technical assistance

Toolkit on Safety Planning with Foreign National Children and Youth Survivors of Trafficking
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants released the Toolkit on Safety Planning with Foreign National Children and Youth Survivors of Trafficking to assist service providers and community partners in serving foreign national minors.

Survivor-Informed Services Guide
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime released the Survivor-Informed Services Guide, which provides practical tools to help service providers create intentional partnerships with survivors.

Video Series on Supporting Deaf and DeafBlind Survivors
The National Resource Center for Reaching Victims shared a new video series on how to better support Deaf and DeafBlind survivors.

Listening Sessions on Men and Boys Summary Report
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center released the summary report following the September 2020 Listening Sessions on Men and Boys. 

meetings & events

Human Trafficking 101 Training
April 14, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., virtual 
The Cleveland Collaborative to End Human Trafficking is hosting a Human Trafficking 101 Training for service providers, community members, and anyone interested in learning about human trafficking. Register here.

Frontline to Freedom VI: Changing Perspectives on Human Trafficking 2021
April 22 & 23, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., virtual 
The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties is hosting a virtual training to discuss issues surrounding language and imagery used in anti-human trafficking work, intersectional vulnerabilities, and secondary trauma for caregivers and service providers.  Register here. CEUs are available. 

In the Words of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
April 26, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., virtual
End Slavery Cincinnati is hosting a webinar featuring SANE of Butler County to highlight the experience of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in working with victims and survivors of human trafficking.  Register here