July 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 and our Monthly Updates.


Phase Two of the website update is complete and a new directory of research articles and reports has been added. The Research Articles & Reports database has been created to improve access to information for researchers and colleagues.

Call for Papers: The Public Health Response to Human Trafficking: A Look Back and a Step Forward

Public Health Reports (PHR), a peer-reviewed journal of public health research and practice and the official journal of the Office of the Surgeon General and U.S. Public Health Service, is inviting submissions for a supplemental issue on human trafficking into and within the United States. The supplement aims to build the evidence base for human trafficking prevention and intervention and elevate the importance of stronger public health responses to commercialized forms of violence. The guest editors request that all authors interested in submitting a full manuscript to the supplement first send an abstract for initial review and comment. Abstracts should be submitted to the supplement mailbox, OTIP_Comments@acf.hhs.gov, as soon as possible but no later than midnight on August 1, 2020. Abstract submissions should be scholarly in nature and offer a clear contribution to new scientific knowledge or public health practice. They should be a maximum of 250 words and should not include any tables, figures, or references. The guest editors will review all abstracts and contact the authors about the suitability of a full manuscript submission.

More information about this opportunity is available: here.


Quarterly Meeting

The HT-RADAR quarterly meeting was held on June 25, 2020. Dr. Lianne Urada, with SDSU MSW graduate co-investigators Lauren Azar presented:The Intersection of Sexual Exploitation & Financial/Food Insecurity in Universities. Bandak Lul, MA, Project Manager from The Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR) at Arizona State University presented: Trick Roll Study: Forced Criminality in Sex Trafficking Situations.


We are inviting you to please complete a survey to help us determine how to best support the region, including research interests, needs and collaboration opportunities. We are also seeking input on how to best structure our meetings moving forward. You can complete the survey: here.

Thank you for your participation!


The next HT-RADAR meeting will be scheduled in September 2020. Meeting details to follow.


Community Highlights

2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

This year marks a major milestone—the 20th anniversary of the TIP Report. Twenty years ago, when the United States Congress passed the TVPA mandating this report, it signaled the U.S. government’s resolve to fight human trafficking and marked a pivot from indignation to positive action. Whether used to raise awareness, spark dialogue, spur action, or create a system of accountability, the TIP Report has served to reinforce global anti-trafficking norms and ideals.

Multidisciplinary Collaborative Model for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces

Developing a multidisciplinary anti-human trafficking task force is a process that requires significant time, attention, and intention. In recognition of the challenges involved in this process, the roadmap provides new and experienced anti-human trafficking task forces alike with guidance to assess and plan task force development from start to sustainability.

Click here. 

This document was produced under grants 2015-VT-BX-K001 awarded to the International Association of Chiefs of Police by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and 2016-VF-GX-K014 awarded to Erin Y. Albright, JD, by the Office for Victims of Crime. Both the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance are components of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the SMART Office. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice.



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:


HEAL Trafficking Webinar: Integrating Research into Anti-Trafficking Presentations

This webinar is designed to increase your confidence when presenting statistics and research about trafficking, by teaching you how to evaluate research and statistics that are shared in the general public. Not all research is reported accurately – even by reputable organizations or the government – so it is important for anti-trafficking advocates to learn how to determine what information is the best to use in your training. Presenters explain how to track the original sources of statements that are often employed in anti-trafficking awareness efforts, but are not accurate. 

This webinar was developed in partnership with HEAL Trafficking (https://healtrafficking.org) and the Survivor Alliance (www.survivoralliance.org). Presenters include: Ummra Hang, MSW and Survivor Alliance Member, and Dr. Laura Murphy, Professor of Human Rights and Contemporary Slavery at Sheffield Hallam University and HEAL Research Committee Chair.


The Bitter Truth About Sugaring: Deception and false promises in exploitation’s new frontier

Presented by: Tamar Arenson (The One Campaign), Angie Henderson (University of Northern Colorado), Megan Lundstrom (Avery Center for Research & Services)


The Freedom Fund: On the Frontlines of Vulnerability: Modern Slavery and Covid-19 & Research in the Time of Pandemic

Covid-19 is likely to have a devastating impact on vulnerable communities, and our commitment to support them is unwavering. Our very first online panel discussion was held to better understand the nature of the impact and responses needed to the pandemic. Now more than ever, we believe that grassroots organisations should be spearheading efforts on the ground to tackle these immense challenges, and leading the way towards building more resistance to the immediate and long-term health and economic shocks. Watch the recording to hear what effect covid-19 is having on modern slavery around the world and get the latest frontline perspective from our experts in India and Ethiopia.



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.


National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Free Virtual Conference: July 18-28, 2020


Asia Region Anti-Trafficking Conference

Virtual Conference:July 21-22, 2020


2020 Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force Conference

Virtual Conference: August 4-6, 2020


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


International Conference on Human Trafficking and Social Justice

October 29-30, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA

Funding Opportunities

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Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education (HHTYPE) Demonstration Program

The goal of the HTYPE Demonstration Program is to fund local educational agencies to develop and implement programs to prevent human trafficking victimization through the provision of skills-based human trafficking training and education for school staff and students.

Close Date: July 31, 2020


Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence (Foundation Funding)

The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that we pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on improving the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Close Date: August 4, 2020


Systems for Action: Supplemental Research on COVID-19 Response and Recovery (Foundation Funding)

The need to identify successful system alignment strategies has become increasingly urgent in the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic that causes COVID-19. This pandemic places people with unmet health and social needs at heightened risk of infection and complications, while propagating unmet needs through job losses, school and business closures, occupational risks, and social distancing policies. This call for proposals (CFP) will provide supplemental research funding to teams that are already engaged in the study of a promising system alignment mechanism, with the objective of learning how this mechanism performs in addressing health and social needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Close Date: August 5, 2020


Evidence for Action: Approaches to Advance Gender Equity From Around the Globe (Foundation Funding)

The goal of this funding opportunity is to translate and adapt knowledge from around the world to the United States on approaches that can improve health or the determinants of health by improving gender equality.

Close Date: August 26, 2020


WalMart Community Grants (Foundation Funding)

Our local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S.

Close Date: December 31, 2020


Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

We are seeking proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

Close Date: On-Going 


COVID-19 Resources, Services, and Support

The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) 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. This focus remains the same during responses to public health emergencies such as COVID-19. 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