Throughout 2020, the U.S. Department of Education has conducted a webinar series to address the growing response of America’s schools to child trafficking and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The series draws attention to the important efforts underway in our nation’s education community to address trafficking.
In response to this webinar series, educators have expressed significant interest in learning more about human trafficking and have posed important questions. In this dynamic webinar, subject matter experts who work directly with survivors of trafficking and those who support them will address questions compiled from the most recent webinar which addressed online safety. It will provide opportunity for deeper discussion of topics raised by past participants and provide tips and strategies for school staff members in addressing human trafficking. The event is designed to provide administrators, teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, parents, caregivers, and students with trauma-informed and survivor-centered information to help protect students from online trafficking activity.
Speakers featured in this webinar will include:
- Savannah Sanders, founder, Sex Trafficking Prevention and Lived Experience Expert;
- Erin Williamson, U.S. Programs Director at Love146; and
- Tanya Gould, founder, Identifiable Me and Lived Experience Expert.
In addition, Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, will briefly share the Department’s commitment to addressing human trafficking, including upcoming activities. Dr. Shauna Knox, the Department’s lead on human trafficking, will moderate the event.
For more information on how to address trafficking, go to https://www.state.gov/policy-issues/human-trafficking/ and https://www.acf.hhs.gov/otip.