Since 2020, the U.S. Department of Education has conducted a webinar series to address child and youth trafficking in America’s schools. The series draws attention to the important efforts underway in our nation’s education community to address both sex and labor trafficking.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join the next webinar in this series, Centering the Experience of Boys, Young Men, and Male Identifying Students in Human Trafficking.
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT
Boys, young men, and male identifying youth are often overlooked when it comes to recognizing and preventing human trafficking. In this webinar, we explored how and why that is, and how methods of supporting males can differ from females. Researchers presented data dispelling the myth that exploitation of children is a problem that only affects cisgender girls and young women, as well as data showing that boys and male identifying youth are, in fact, frequently exploited and trafficked. The webinar also included a panel discussion to better understand the experiences of male and male identifying youth who have experienced human trafficking, featuring experts with lived experience and educators working directly with youth in school anti-trafficking programs. We ended the webinar with a live Q&A where we responded to your questions related to centering and supporting these youth in anti-trafficking work.
- Jerome Elam, President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force, Survivor Leader, FL
- Jodi de la Peña, Grant Manager, Human Trafficking Prevention, Oakland Unified School District, CA
- Jose (Peps) Garcia, Newcomer Safety Initiative, Program Manager, Oakland Unified School District, CA
- Caroline Greig, Anti-Trafficking Initiatives Program Director, WestCoast Children's Clinic, CA
- David Perry, Health Data Research Analyst, WestCoast Children’s Clinic, CA
- Jesse Leon, Author, TedxSpeaker, Lived Experience Expert, President of Alliance Way LLC
- Additional support from U.S. Department of Education Related to Human Trafficking, U.S. Department of Education
- Human Trafficking in America’s Schools, NCSSLE
- How Schools Can Combat Human Trafficking in Partnership With People With Lived Experience, NCSSLE
- Human Trafficking in America’s Schools Staff Development Series, NCSSLE
- Human Trafficking Assessment Tool for Schools, NCSSLE
- Human Trafficking Wheel: Identification of Potential Human Trafficking, NCSSLE
- Addressing the Growing Problem of Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors Through PBIS, Center on PBIS
- Exploitation And Gender: Increasing the Visibility Of CIS Male, Transgender, And Gender Nonconforming Youth, WestCoast Children’s Clinic
- WestCoast Children’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation Identification Tool (CSE-IT), WestCoast Children’s Clinic
- A Guide to Youth Workers’ Rights, Love 146
- Trafficking Prevention and Protection Resources for Working with Unaccompanied Children
- Quick Youth Indicators for Trafficking (QYIT)
- Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT)
- Article: Labor Department Denounces Surge in Exploited Migrant Children
- Article: Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the U.S.
- Sex Trafficking: The Lost Boys, Jesse Leon, TEDxSanDiego
Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you and hearing about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of students and staff.
For more information and resources, visit the following webpages dedicated to human trafficking: ED’s Human Trafficking webpage; the U.S. Department of State’s Human Trafficking webpage; and the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Trafficking Persons’ webpage.