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, The Impact of Bias, Inequities, and Injustices in Supporting Students Impacted by Human Trafficking.
Date: Wednesday June 29, 2022
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EDT
The values, beliefs, and stereotypes we all have affect how we perceive our world and the people in it. Unfortunately for all of us, sometimes these can become biases. For educators, this potential is incredibly critical as it could result in misinterpreting behavior and providing insufficient or inappropriate supports. For example, one’s bias could result in missing important cues from students that indicate they are involved in human trafficking. This webinar shared how bias affects the identification and support of students involved in human trafficking; provide suggestions on how we can lessen the impact of bias, inequities, and injustices in this work; and offer some examples of techniques, practices, and policies that help ensure a more equitable approach to supporting students impacted by human trafficking.
- Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
- Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
- Lugine Gray, MS., Region 1 Youth Trafficking Coordinator, Louisiana Alliance Children Advocacy Centers
- Tanya Gould, Lived Experience Expert
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.