June 2023Monthly Update

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Elections for Co-Chair Positions for the Research and Data Subcommittee

HT-RADAR partnered with the Research Subcommittee to hold the elections for the research sub-committee co-chairs! Nominations were accepted from May 1 – 27, 2023.


Multiple nominees were contacted and two accepted their nominations and agreed to stand for election. With only two accepting and two co-hair spots available, we will not be holding a vote. The elected co-chairs will be announced at the June Advisory Council meeting.


Community Highlights and Opportunities

An Overview on Familial Trafficking – Community Subcommittee

This presentation by a familial trafficking survivor, Liz Williamson, will focus on building the participants’ knowledge of this under-reported issue with its prevalence, key concepts, statistics, and relevant warning signs through personal narrative and case studies. A brief handout will be provided to the participants afterwards.

Virtual meeting on June 15, 2023 at 3:00 pm. To join virtual meeting click here


Volunteer on Human Trafficking Awareness – Community Subcommittee

The Community subcommittee is bringing back Comic-Con outreach this July 18 – 23rd! This is a family-friendly event, please feel free to come in costume (such as your favorite superhero) and share pictures on social media (#EndHumanTrafficking). The Co-chairs are also interested in promoting human trafficking awareness and engagement with our local businesses, and encouraging ongoing conversations fostering public-private collaborations. They would like support getting connected with local businesses. They are offering the opportunity for all San Diego County (North, South, central, etc.) to receive our Human Trafficking swag and resources. This may look different per business, but our goal is for businesses to share our Comic-Con themed items with their patrons or hosting multiple open “Take One” tables throughout the County to promote awareness. Reach out to sdcommunityinfo@gmail.com with any questions or suggested partnerships.

RSVP to Volunteer here


North County Lifeline Job Opportunities Available

North County Lifeline has several career opportunities available on their website including Trauma Recovery Specialist, Housing Specialist, Youth Partner & Outreach Specialist, Mental Health Clinician and many more. Please visit their website to learn more about their benefits and work culture.

View job opportunities here


General Reports, Opportunities and Updates

Preventing Human Trafficking by Supporting Children and Adults, Together – Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP)

Children and their caregivers have interconnected and interdependent relationships. Providing inclusive, holistic services that support the entire family is crucial for ensuring sustainable well-being. In recognition of International Day of Families, OTIP Director Katherine Chon discusses the two-generation approach to preventing human trafficking, and how supporting caregivers and children together can disrupt cycles of abuse, and help families thrive across generations.

Read blog and resources here

The Human Trafficking Leadership Academy: Class 8 has Begun – Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP)

OTIP recently launched Class 8 of the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy (HTLA). HTLA is a fellowship program for emerging leaders with lived experience in human trafficking and allied professionals that aims to build fellows’ leadership skills, knowledge, and professional network while collaborating to enhance anti-trafficking programs and services. HTLA Class 8 Fellows, a hybrid cohort based in HHS Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin), will work collaboratively to expand and develop substantive recommendations that address the following project question:

“What innovative, effective, and safe outreach and engagement strategies should communities, schools, and organizations implement to increase youth (ages 14 to 24) awareness and promote their resilience against online harassment and abuse related to human trafficking?”

Access HTLA information here


Criminal Record Relief for Trafficking Survivors Report – Polaris

In March 2019, Polaris released a report grading all 50 states and D.C. on the effectiveness and completeness of their laws allowing survivors of human trafficking to clear criminal records they have as a result of their trafficking. In 2023, they updated that report with a revised rubric to better explain what states have done and still may want to do to enact or improve criminal record relief statutes for trafficking survivors.

Access report here


Fact Sheet: How to Improve Services for Males Experiencing Trafficking – Administration for Children & Families

How to Improve Services for Males Experiencing Trafficking is a resource that provides behavioral health and social service providers with a way to engage and build rapport with male clients and to address each client’s specific risk factors related to human trafficking at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. This tool aligns each factor with suggestions on how to build rapport with male clients, leverage universal education and motivational interviewing techniques to engage in meaningful conversations that help male clients understand their risk factors, differentiate between what trauma and exploitation is and what it is not, and to commit to accessing services.

Access fact sheet


Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Releases When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide

This guide was first produced in 1998 and aims to assist families when their child goes missing. Each edition of the guide features parents who have experienced firsthand both the anguish and hope of finding their missing child. The fifth edition of When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide is a resource to help families identify, prioritize, and take actions that can assist law enforcement efforts to locate their children and return them home safely. The guide opens with a letter from eight parents who helped to develop and write the resource, drawing on their own experiences with a child’s disappearance and the steps that helped them survive “life at its darkest point.” The seven-chapter resource includes checklists of critical information families should provide to law enforcement officers, the media, and search and rescue professionals, and suggests steps for maintaining their own emotional, physical, and financial well-being. It defines terminology related to cases involving missing children. The final chapter includes contact information for federal, state, Tribal, local, and nonprofit entities that work with and support families with missing children and the law enforcement agencies working their cases.

Access the guide here


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Launches New Service That Can Help You “Take It Down”

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has created a powerful tool to help children regain control. Today, the nation’s leading child protection organization is announcing a new tool to combat child sexual exploitation and help kids remove their sexually explicit images from the internet.

Learn about new tool here


2022 Federal Human Trafficking Report – Human Trafficking Institute

This report provides comprehensive data from every federal human trafficking prosecution filed each year since 2000. The Human Trafficking Institute releases the Federal Human Trafficking Report each year to help improve the U.S. justice system’s response to human trafficking. They believe that well-informed policy makers create better laws, and educated prosecutors can better enforce laws to stop human trafficking. It is also an excellent avenue for general awareness and education on the topic.

Access the report here

SAMHSA’s Policy on the Inclusion of People with Lived Experience

SAMHSA has identified recovery as a guiding principle in pursuit of its mission to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes. SAMHSA’s definition of recovery emphasizes the importance of self-determination and involvement of people with lived experience. Executive Order 14035 requires Federal agencies to promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) in the workplace. In keeping with these requirements, SAMHSA has developed a formal policy on the meaningful inclusion of people with lived experience throughout its activities. In so doing, SAMHSA strives to be a model workplace to achieve this critical aim.

Learn more about SAMHSA’s Inclusion Policy here



HT-RADAR offers information about webinars focused on anti-trafficking work and anti-trafficking research. As the workplace continues to shift, we will continue to offer resources for online educational opportunities, as well as in-person events.

An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care in Anti-Trafficking Services

● Date: June 22, 2023
● Hosted by: Freedom Network USA
● Description: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care in Anti-Trafficking Services is a 1.5-hour session designed for professionals in the anti-trafficking field who wish to embed trauma-informed care within their services. The training will give participants a foundation for trauma-informed care in the anti-trafficking field. Participants will learn practical applications of trauma-informed care across ervices for human trafficking survivors.

MEGA♪ Risk Assessment Training Assessing Youth Who Are Sexually Abusive, Ages 4-19 Years

● Date: June 28, 2023 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (PST)
● Hosted by: Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
● Description: Specialized Certification: Gain a highly sought-after certification in administering the MEGA risk assessment tool for evaluating the risk of coarse sexual improprieties and sexually abusive behaviors in youth.

Serving Human Trafficking Survivors with Disabilities in Housing Programs

● Recorded
● Hosted by: Freedom Network USA
● Description: This webinar focused explicitly on how housing programs can provide inclusive
disability justice for survivors of human trafficking with disabilities and effectively support survivors
with disabilities while advocating for their unique housing needs. If you were unable to attend,
check out this webinar recording.

A Better Victim Experience – Improving Accessibility

● Recorded
● Hosted by: VINE & End Violence Against Women International
● Description: One fascinating session was hosted by our 2023 Exclusive Partner, VINE, on increasing accessibility for LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. EVAWI are offering this session as a free sample, then you can register for full access to all 73 recorded sessions presented by nationally recognized speakers.