Since 2020, the U.S. Department of Education has conducted a webinar series to address the growing response of America’s schools to child trafficking. 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, Emerging from Trafficking: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Survivors.
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EDT
Leaving a trafficking situation is a first step in healing. Another essential step for young people is to reenter or enter a school community. This can be difficult to do as students are processing their trafficking experiences. In honor of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, this webinar focuses on approaches schools can take to support the mental health of students as they return to the school community. You will hear strategies you can implement in your schools, including trauma informed approaches, communicating with the young person and their families, and implementing individualized supports. Join us so you can add tools to your toolbox as you support young people who have experienced human trafficking.
- Ruth Ryder, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
- Tamara Clark, Director of Survivor Services, Love 146 (CT)
- Charisma De Los Reyes, Student Wellness & School Culture Department, San Diego County Office of Education (CA)
- Suleman Masood, Council Chair, US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking
- Nikki Valila, Director of Training My Life My Choice – a program of JRI (MA)
This event will reference the following resources, which we encourage you to access in advance of the webinar to inform participation:
- Human Trafficking in America’s Schools Guide
- Human Trafficking in America’s Schools Staff Development Series
- United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report 2021
- Trauma-Informed Practice in the Field
- Trauma-Informed Crisis Response and Safety Planning
- Project TRUST Resources
- Preventing Sexual Exploitation Among Adolescent Girls: The My Life My Choice Curriculum Frequently Asked Questions
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Guide for Parents
- Could This Be You? Peer to Peer
- Understanding Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
- Stages of Change Model in Commercial Sexual Exploitation Counseling
- My Life My Choice - Evaluation Study Report
- Preventing Suicide - A Toolkit for High Schools
- CA Foster Youth Education Toolkit
- Not A Number: Love146's Child Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Curriculum
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.