Identifying and Supporting Students Affected by Human Trafficking

Event Date: 
January 30, 2020 - 03:00pm to 04:15pm EST

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 conducted this webinar, the first in a series to be conducted in 2020, to address the growing response of America’s schools to child trafficking. The event included discussion of strategies being used to support students impacted by trafficking.

The event was designed to provide building-level administrators, teachers, and specialized instructional support personnel with information on how they can effectively identify, and support students impacted by trafficking activity.

The webinar featured a variety of perspectives:

  • Ambassador John Richmond, U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, provided the national context of human trafficking;
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary Ruth Ryder, U.S. Department of Education (ED), described ED's efforts to compat human trafficking;
  • Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, MSW, Ph.D., Arizona State University, shared what’s known & what’s working to address human trafficking; 
  • Mary Ellen Smith, MSW, Prince William County Schools (VA), describe what it has been doing to address human trafficking; and
  • Harold D’Souza, United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, shared why this work matters

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