April 2022 Update on Ohio's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

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April 2022 Human Trafficking Update

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


A Ravenna man is facing sex crime charges after being arrested during a sting operation in Sevier County, Tennessee. 

A Toledo man was charged with multiple counts of human trafficking, kidnapping, abduction, compelling prostitution, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning, and corrupting another with drugs. 

Government officials in Georgia are being investigated for potential ties to a human trafficking case involving foreign agricultural laborers.  

Two Cleveland men were indicted on several charges including kidnapping, abduction, human trafficking, and attempting to compel prostitution. 

The Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 276 which would create the offense of receiving proceeds from prostitution. 

tools & technical assistance

Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Polaris published a blog post detailing the importance of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for survivors of human trafficking. 

U.S. Department of Justice Funding Opportunities 
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime announced new funding opportunities for serving survivors of human trafficking. 

meetings & events

Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance 
May 9 & 10, The Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio  
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is hosting the Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance

An Overview of Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts Across Ohio 
May 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., virtual
End Slavery Cincinnati will host a webinar on statewide anti-human trafficking efforts in Ohio.

Global Perspectives: Human Trafficking 
May 19, 11:30 a.m., virtual
The Renee Jones Empowerment Center and the Council of International Programs USA will host part 2 of the Global Perspectives: Human Trafficking educational webinar series. 

Beyond the Fundamentals: Advanced Human Trafficking Training for Advocates 
May 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., virtual 
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network, in partnership with the Office of Criminal Justice Services, will host Beyond the Fundamentals: Advanced Human Trafficking Training for Advocates.

Local Anti-Human Trafficking Leaders: Where & How They Got Started  
June 8, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., virtual  
End Slavery Cincinnati will host a webinar highlighting local anti-human trafficking leaders and how they got started.  

Economic Advocacy in Housing Programs 
June 16, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., virtual 
The Freedom Network Training Institute will host a webinar on Economic Advocacy in Housing Programs