December 2021 Update on Ohio's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

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December 2021 Human Trafficking Update

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


Five potential human trafficking victims were identified after law enforcement raided two massage parlors in Cincinnati.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine approved $3.6 million in funding to reduce violence against women in Ohio, administered by the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Office of Criminal Justice Services.

The Ohio Supreme Court, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, has awarded grants to two juvenile courts to identify and serve child victims of human trafficking.

A 14-year-old Columbus girl reported missing earlier in November has been returned to her family after investigators found her at a hotel near Detroit, Michigan, connected to a human trafficking operation. 

tools & technical assistance

The National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking 
The White House released its National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking

Tracing the Patterns of Human Trafficking in the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Polaris created a blog post tracing the patterns of human trafficking in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial. 

meetings & events

The Damaging Myths of Human Trafficking
Jan. 4, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., virtual 
End Slavery Cincinnati, in collaboration with the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, will host a webinar on "The Damaging Myths of Human Trafficking." 

Series of Human Trafficking Awareness Events
Jan. 6, 14, 18, & 28, virtual
The Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking is hosting a series of free virtual human trafficking events throughout the month of January. Register here.

Working with Foreign National Minors Who Have Experienced Trafficking
Jan. 12, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., virtual 
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center will host a pilot training program on working with foreign national child victims of human trafficking. 

Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Summit 
Jan. 13, 9 a.m., virtual 
The Ohio Attorney General is hosting the third annual Human Trafficking Summit

Fundamentals of Human Trafficking 
Jan. 20, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., virtual 
The Cleveland Collaborative to End Human Trafficking will host a Fundamentals of Human Trafficking training

Annual Northeast Ohio National Human Trafficking Day Conference
Jan. 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Renee Jones Empowerment Center, 3764 Pearl Rd. Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44109
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, in collaboration with the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, will host its annual human trafficking conference

Engaging with Youth about Human Trafficking 
Jan. 24, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., virtual
The Cleveland Collaborative to End Human Trafficking will host a webinar on engaging with youth about human trafficking. 

Creating Safe Spaces for Transgender Survivors
Jan. 26, 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., virtual 
The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center will host a webinar and Q&A discussion on creating safe spaces for transgender survivors.  

Greater Cincinnati Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
Feb. 4, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., virtual
End Slavery Cincinnati is hosting its 2022 Greater Cincinnati Anti-Human Trafficking Conference.