August 2020Monthly Update


HT-RADAR Website

The HT-RADAR website has new funding opportunities, upcoming conferences, information about the HT-RADAR Research Conference and access to the abstracts from all Conference speakers’ presentations.


We have completed a revamp of the HT-RADAR website, including a new format for Funding Opportunities, Conferences, Newsletter Archives, Monthly Updates and Research Articles & Reports.

HT-RADAR Survey Results

A survey was distributed in June 2020 to the HT-RADAR network to determine how to best support the region, including research interests, needs and collaboration opportunities. From that survey, 33 responses were received and the following data reflects the findings from those 33 responses. When asked how participants would rate the HT-RADAR quarterly meetings 45% rated them as excellent, 31% rated them as great, 18% rated them as good, 3% rated them as fair and 3% as poor. Overall, 94% of participants rated the meeting positively. Furthermore, 79% of participants noted that they would be more likely to attend future meetings if they were virtual, though some comments indicated that face to face interactions are missed. Additionally, 82% of survey participants attend the HT-RADAR meetings regularly.

Description of the agencies represented: 

  • Schools/ Educational Institution: 28%
  • Social Service Provider: 18%
  • Victim Service Provider: 15%
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Provider: 12%
  • Community Member: 9%
  • Other: 9%
  • Law Enforcement: 6%
  • Faith-based Organization/Religious Institution: 3%

About 54% of participants indicated that they are researchers and of those about 40% have human trafficking research related publications.

Research interests & requested areas for research:

  • Research that looks at outreach, awareness, and preventative interventions.
  • Best practices for housing models for HT survivors and effective therapy models for HT survivors.
  • Accessibility to mental health services and the process of receiving treatment and/or community services.
  • Program evaluation/ delivery of social services.
  • Emergency room settings and assessing for human trafficking.
  • Labor trafficking studies.
  • What drives demand?
  • CSEC risk factors and prevention, mental health services for CSEC survivors.
    • Needs and experiences of trafficked youth that are pregnant or with children.
    • Measuring outcomes of CSEC – how do we define success and measure it?
  • How sugar babies overlap with sex work.
  • The intersection of microaggressions and implicit bias and the effects on HT survivors
  • The intersection of addiction and trafficking.
    • Substance use as coercive factors in the life and impact of substance use among survivors.
  • How schools are making progress with HT awareness and teaching human sexuality.
    • Are there any differences between home school youth and those that go to public or private schools in the recruitment process?
  • Trauma informed care, advanced HT topics.
  • The intersections of race/ racism and human trafficking.


Quarterly Meeting

The next HT-RADAR meeting is scheduled for September 17th 2020 from 11:30am to 1:30pm and will be held virtually over zoom.

Presentation #1: Experiences of Racism and Racial Tensions Among African American Women Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Practice: A Qualitative Study

Lara B. Gerassi, Ph.D., LCSW

Abstract: Barriers faced by Black women when navigating commercial sexual exploitation (CSE)-related services remain understudied. This qualitative study explores (a) Black women’s experiences of racism when accessing services in CSE-related organizations and (b) the existence and manifestation of racial tensions in practice. In-depth interviews were conducted with 30 adult women who traded sex as adults and 20 CSE-related service providers. Findings suggest that Black women perceive preferential treatment given to White women. Racial tensions between women accessing programs were identified, as well as a promising practice of intergroup dialogue groups addressing racism, privilege, and oppression. Implications are discussed. Research can be found here.


Presentation #2: Cultural Oppression and Human Trafficking: Exploring the Role of Racism and Ethnic Bias.

Thema Bryant-Davis

Abstract: Human trafficking is maintained within a context of intersecting forms of oppression. Cultural oppression, including racism and ethnic bias, creates additional risk for human trafficking and generates unique challenges for prevention and intervention. There are, however, cultural strengths that survivors of human trafficking have that may be utilized to aid their recovery process as well as psychotherapeutic interventions. In addition to traditionally recognized legal and economic strategies, ending human trafficking requires engagement in interrupting the factors that increase vulnerability to human trafficking, including racism and ethnic bias. By combating oppression, abolitionists can work to create a society that is committed to ending slavery. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Research can be found here.



Community Highlights

Framework: Tools to Combat Labor Trafficking

Despite the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, labor trafficking remains a largely hidden crime—with enduring barriers for those who have experienced it to escape and connect with support services, for service agencies to provide quality care and access to resources, for law enforcement to investigate the crime, and for the criminal justice system to hold traffickers accountable.


Framework’s goal is to increase capacity to address labor trafficking in the United States. Their training, tools, individualized consultations, and other resources are targeted to legal and social service providers, community organizations, task force members, and other stakeholders.

They work with survivors, service providers, and other experts to create tailored, engaging, and user-friendly resources, and to provide in-person and remote assistance—including case consultation, webinars, e-learning modules, online materials, and other resources that respond to needs identified by the field.

2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report

The 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report is an annual publication of the Institute that provides comprehensive data from every federal criminal and civil human trafficking case that United States courts handle each year. The Report’s findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the United States, but instead serve as an objective summary of how the federal system holds traffickers accountable for their exploitative conduct. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases. A team of seven attorneys and six law school students reviewed every human trafficking case in the federal court system in 2019. Court documents, press releases, and news sources were reviewed, and prosecutors across the country were consulted, to gather a comprehensive set of data that includes: type of trafficking case, profile of the trafficker, details about the trafficking scheme, age of the victim, and district where the case took place, among others.

Journal for Modern Day Slavery: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of Human Trafficking Solutions [Call for Submissions]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Solutions

Deadline for abstract submissions: August 14, 2020

This special issue seeks to explore the varied impacts of COVID-19 on modern slavery, and how we can research the issue within, or in the wake of, a global pandemic. We are initially inviting extended abstracts regarding planned work, or briefly summarize recent results, which we aim to publish in September 2020. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full articles for consideration for publication in June 2021. Submissions are welcomed from academics and practitioners. Submissions are particularly welcomed from researchers in the Global South, and from Early Careers Researchers.

  • More information can be found here.


Forced migration and modern slavery: unplanned journeys of exploitation and survival

Deadline for abstract submissions: September 15, 2020

This special issue seeks to explore the relationship between forced displacement and modern slavery, understood broadly. The relationship between forced migration and modern slavery is frequently assumed, yet rarely examined. We note that the dislocation of people during periods of conflict, political upheaval, organised violence and as a result of targeted policies and campaigns often gives rise to conditions which foster vulnerability and encourage extreme exploitation. Equally, we note that the creation of exploitative conditions which deny people the opportunity to establish secure livelihoods may encourage outflows, giving rise to situations of what Alexander Betts has termed, ‘survival migration’.

  • More information can be found here.


Opportunities and Resources


HT-RADAR will now offer information about webinars focused on anti-trafficking work and anti-trafficking research. As many of us are working remotely, here are some resources for additional educational opportunities:

Privilege and Racial Marginalization 

A discussion of the racism of prostitution presented by: Audrey Morrissey (My Life My Choice), Sonia Ossorio (National Organization for Women New York) and Christine Stark (Author). 


Experiences of Racism Among African American Women Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation

This HEAL Research Committee Webinar discusses Lara Gerassi’s 2019 article titled “Experiences of Racism and Racial Tensions Among African American Women Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Practice: A Qualitative Study.” This discussion is moderated by Laura Murphy.


Your Influence Matters. How to Use It to Support Long-Term Social Change 

In this 2020 Collective Impact Convening keynote, Becky Margiotta (Billions Institute) shares her story, and offers prescriptions for how to maximize the impact of your “three feet of influence” to change the world based on her 30 years of experience as a leader herself and her work with more than 1,000 cross-sector leaders who’ve attended her workshops on leading large-scale change.


Collaborating during COVID-19

In this roundtable discussion, we address some questions from Forum community members about how our collaborative work is affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including supporting exhausted community partners, figuring out how to build engagement around a new initiative during the pandemic, and how to keep long-term goals while meeting immediate needs. Featuring Robert Albright, Sheri Brady, Jennifer Splansky Juster, Paul Schmitz, Tracy Timmons-Gray, and Junious William. 

Upcoming Conferences

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This resource is regularly updated.  Questions?  Or know of conferences that you’d like to share with the HT-RADAR network? Contact us! 

During this uncertain time conference dates are changing frequently. Please note these dates may be changed and changes will be updated on the HT-RADAR website.


25th International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Across the Lifespan

Virtual Conference: Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2020

2020 Human Trafficking: Beyond Awareness with Primary Prevention

September 21-23, 2020 in Raleigh, NC


The University of Toledo’s International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference

Virtual Conference: September 23-25, 2020



Florida’s 2020 Human Trafficking Summit 

Virtual Event: October 6, 2020


International Conference on Human Trafficking and Social Justice

October 29-30, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA


The JuST Conference

The 2020 conference has been rescheduled to November 17-19, 2021 in Washington DC.

Funding Opportunities

(Listed here)

This resource page is regularly updated.


Evidence for Action: Approaches to Advance Gender Equity From Around the Globe

Through this special call for proposals (CFP), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evidence for Action (E4A) program and Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions team seek to learn from programs, policies, and practices that are advancing gender equity around the world to understand how they can be adapted to improve health and well-being in the United States, and build a national Culture of Health.

Close Date: August 26, 2020


Pivotal Ventures/Lever for Change: 2021 Equality Can’t Wait Challenge

Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ investment and incubation company, with additional support from MacKenzie Bezos, and in collaboration with Lever for Change, is launching the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge (ECWC). The ECWC believes we have to stay committed to advancing systemic change for women of all backgrounds. Accelerating progress toward gender equality will require many things, especially strategic capital and stakeholder collaboration. Through this competition, The ECWC is looking for innovative ideas that will bring additional capital and energy into one or more key areas that can expand women’s power and influence.

Registration Due Date:September 1, 2020 

Application Due Date: September 22, 2020 


Tomberg Family Philanthropies

Only makes grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the United States and certain government entities or public institutions in the United States such as public schools and universities. We fund projects worldwide that are run by these organizations. We support projects in the areas of education, the environment, health and poverty alleviation.

LOI Close Date: September 8, 2020


2021 Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live.

Close Date: October 15, 2020


The San Diego Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Program

Please use this form to share information on your COVID-19 community program with The San Diego Foundation Community Response team. Filling out this form does not guarantee funding, but it will inform response efforts with valuable information. If you have issues with your submission, please email the Community Response team at

Close Date: On-Going 


Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Fund Addendum, New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) under CPRP APS

The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Addendum is designed to increase women’s economic empowerment in conflict prevention and recovery activities focused on issues such as at-risk and marginalized women including survivors of trafficking. Recovery activities might include re-building livelihoods, workforce and vocational training, innovative financial tools, job placement, workplace safety, and access to capital.

Close Date: April 15, 2021


COVID-19 Resources, Services, and Support

The Office on Trafficking in Persons is focused on preventing human trafficking and working to ensure that children and adults who have experienced trafficking and their families get the support and care they need to live safe and healthy lives. As in times of disaster response, we recognize that disruptions to local services, housing and economic stability, and social disconnection can further increase risk of victimization and exploitation.

Close Date: On-Going