The year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. In recognition of this significant milestone, the U.S. Department of Education is conducting a webinar series to address the growing response of America’s schools to child trafficking. In light of current realities related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant increase in young people’s online exposure, this event featured anti-trafficking strategies in the online space to prevent human trafficking and child labor exploitation.
The event was designed to provide administrators, teachers, and specialized instructional support personnel, parents, caregivers, and students with trauma-informed and survivor-centered strategies for protecting students from falling prey to online trafficking activity.
The webinar featured a variety of perspectives:
- Katherine Chon, Director of the Office on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide a national perspective on prevention of online recruitment for trafficking;
- Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, will describe the importance of Human Trafficking prevention in the nation’s education system;
- Stacie Harris, Associate Deputy Attorney General and National Coordinator for Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking at the U.S. Department of Justice, will describe key institutional principles to address online child exploitation, to include human trafficking;
- Savannah Sanders, a national human trafficking activist, will discuss specific strategies for parents and caregivers to prevent human trafficking and share a survivor-driven perspective;
- Erin Williamson, U.S. Programs Director at Love146, will discuss realities of a student perspective.
- Love146's Online Safety Guide
- Love146's Resources for Parents
- Love 146's PSA - Online Safety during COVID
- THORN - Sextortion
- Smart Social: Learn How to Shine Online
- Common Sense Media
- Sex Trafficking Prevention for Kids
- I am Jasmine Strong
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.
For questions regarding the upcoming webinar, email firstname.lastname@example.org.