POSTPONED - Human Trafficking: Universal Prevention

Event Date: 
March 25, 2020 - 03:00pm to 04:15pm EDT


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. The event, the second of four events, featured anti-trafficking strategies at the state, district, and school level to prevent human trafficking and child labor exploitation.

The event was designed to provide building-level administrators, teachers, and specialized instructional support personnel with strategies, rooted in trauma-informed and survivor-centered approaches, for preventing students from falling prey to 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 the essential role of Universal Prevention in addressing human trafficking;
  • Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education will describe the importance of Human Trafficking prevention in the nation’s education system;
  • Michelle Gaines, Federal Program Bureau Chief, Florida Department of Education will describe that state’s approach to human trafficking prevention;
  • Violeta Mora, Project Specialist, Student Wellness and Positive School Climate, San Diego County Office of Education will discuss specific strategies in place to prevent human trafficking throughout San Diego County;
  • Bella Hounakey, U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking will share a survivor-driven perspective on the importance of preventive measures in human trafficking and child labor exploitation; and
  • Featured Speakers will answer your questions.

Webinar materials are coming soon! 

For more information on how to address trafficking, go to: and

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