2021 HT-RADAR Research Conference

2021 HT-RADAR Annual Research Conference 
A Collaboration of Point Loma Nazarene University and the County of San Diego

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Invite code: HTRADAR2021

Friday, October 15, 2021
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cutting edge and collaborative research for the common good


Continued Education credits are available to attendees of the HT-RADAR Research Conference through our sponsored collaboration with the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT). Any interested registrants can apply for Continuing Education (CE) credits upon confirmed attendance to the conference — Up to 6 credits available.


The cost for all participants who reside outside San Diego is $25.
If you are based in San Diego, then your attendance is free.
The Conference will be live-streamed. Some presentations may be recorded. Registered participants will have access to the Conference platform for one month following the conference.
The HT-RADAR Research Conference is coming to you virtually this year, creating a far-reaching platform for participants to hear from a nationwide roster of researchers.
      • Learn from a national roster of researchers featuring local and national human trafficking research that applies to the specific needs, practices, and approaches of a variety of stakeholders.
      • Identify best practices and new trends to improve our ability to innovate solutions
      • Network with local and national experts and providers.
      • Directly share research with participants to potentially influence public practices, legal approaches, and civic policies.

Our esteemed speakers come from many perspectives with research from varied social and cultural landscapes. Point Loma Nazarene University is a platform for these experts, is not directly affiliated with the research being presented, and does not endorse the perspectives and opinions of presenters. 

We have four thematic pathways for you to experience:

Victims of exploitation regularly interact with health care systems. New tools and approaches are surfacing – innovations that will help better identify victims, provide effective and compassionate care and center the experiences of survivors. Making progress in increasing the identification of victims, reducing recidivism and providing more appropriate care can be driven by the findings of research.

“Healthcare is possibly our biggest opportunity to identify and interrupt labor and sex trafficking. Studies estimate that 68-88% of survivors seek medical attention.”

~ Amy Sharpe
Co-chair Health Subcommittee
San Diego Human Trafficking & CSEC Advisory Council

Victims of trafficking, both sex and labor, face additional challenges when they are also minors. Research is identifying promising practices to help us understand the correlation between exploitation and other vulnerabilities, and how understanding those correlations can improve our success in reaching and supporting minor victims. Research shows that centering the voice of minor survivors in the development of protocols and programs improves effectiveness, and recognizing the impact of labor trafficking on youth is an area of growing emphasis.

“Let’s empower our youth against trafficking by educating them through prevention and awareness programming. The more our youth know, the better protected they will be.”

~ Jessica Kim
Program Director, Educational Pathways
Center for Justice & Reconciliation


Identifying emerging new frameworks for how law enforcement and public policy can respond to exploitation is critical in the work to address and end exploitation. From identifying resiliency factors to researching the impact of the criminalization of victims, current research is providing a new lens to inform both enforcement and prosecution, as well as future public policy.
“As a prosecutor, I have seen the long-lasting and devastating effects this crime has on its victims. The best solution is to prevent this crime and the damage it causes by educating our students on the reality of being in ‘the life’ and by equipping them with resilience to resist its siren song.”
~ Mary-Ellen Barrett
Deputy District Attorney
San Diego Attorney’s Office


Human trafficking touches all industries, all populations, and every community. Research is illuminating trends and innovations that involve all sectors toward collaborative solutions.

“We can’t solve human trafficking unless we all work together. The power of “we” means we can leverage all of our resources to find innovative solutions to such a complex community problem.”

~ Kim Berry Jones
Center for Justice & Reconciliation



*IVAT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IVAT maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now accepts APA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs. IVAT is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737). IVAT is approved by the State Bar of California to offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education for attorneys (#11600). IVAT is approved by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) to sponsor continuing education for certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors (Provider #IS-03-499-0223).
Please contact HT-RADAR@pointloma.edu with any questions.
For more information about our programs and services in Human Trafficking Prevention visit our website at HT-RADAR.com