May 2020Monthly Update


New HT-RADAR Program Director hired: Clara Anne Wagner

We are pleased to announce Clara Anne Wagner as the new Program Director for HT-RADAR. Clara Anne joins us from The International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, Arizona. At the IRC Clara Anne was Direct Services Manager for programs that address vulnerable populations who require intensive services in the Phoenix region. She was also responsible for community outreach and partnerships, grant writing and management and monitoring and evaluation of all program activities.  Her passion is working with populations that have been exploited by human trafficking, and we are thrilled to have her join our team.

Note from Clara Anne Wagner

Hello Everyone!

I hope this finds you well. I have officially started my remote work as of April 20th 2020 and am looking forward to connecting with you all. During my first few weeks in this new role I have learned a lot about the history and structure of HT-RADAR. In addition, I have been able to get a sense of who is involved in Anti Trafficking work in the San Diego area and hope to learn more about that great work that has been happening in your city. I am looking forward to connecting with all of you and learning more about how we can collaborate in the future. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to schedule a time to meet virtually:

Kind Regards,

Clara Anne Wagner

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. 2020 HT-RADAR Conference highlights are available here.

Phase Two of the website update is underway and will include a directory of research articles and reports and improved access to information for researchers and colleagues.



Quarterly Meeting

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled tentatively for June 25th and will be provided as a virtual meeting through Zoom.

Dr. Lianne Urada, with SDSU MSW graduate co-investigators Lauren Azar, Christian Cacho, and John Kennon, will present the extent of and intersections between human trafficking (sex trade and sexual exploitation), housing instability, and food insecurity among San Diego State University students. In addition, guest researchers from outside of the San Diego area have been invited to present. More details to follow.

After the quarterly meeting, we will send a survey on the following: Who attends the meetings, research interests, research needs, collaboration and preferred structure. This survey will help us better understand how to structure the quarterly meeting moving forward. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Date, time and details for attending the live webinar will be available through the website and the HT-RADAR email list in the near future.


Community Highlights

HT-RADAR & OnRamps Research Study

The OnRampsTM initiative is a collective impact modeled project that will identify educational and vocational options and leverage partnerships to provide access to services for survivors to permanently leave the life of exploitation.

As a part of the effort to provide educational and vocational support to survivors exiting the life of exploitation, this longitudinal qualitative research study will evaluate the effectiveness of ongoing assessment and intervention services on the recidivism rate of victims of sexual exploitation.

If you would like more information about how your agency might partner with PLNU on this project, please reach out to Jessica Kim at:


Brewed Awakening: Anti Trafficking 101 Webinar

PLNU held an Anti-Trafficking 101 Webinar on Wednesday, April 15th 2020. Speakers included human trafficking experts in our region: Charisma De Los Reyes, Jessica Kim and Keelin Washington.

You may view a recording of the webinar here.

Throughout our webinar, our speakers mention many ways to get involved. We have listed these resources 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:

World Without Exploitation

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

*They are having their summit online and FREE this year.

Office for Victims of Crime Technical OVC TTAC

*OVC TTAC is the gateway to current training and technical assistance for victim service providers and allied professionals who serve crime victims. Their aim is building the capacity of victim assistance organizations across the country.

Upcoming Conferences

(Listed here)

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.


Now and Next, Fall date TBD in Washington D.C.


25th International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Across the Lifespan, Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2020 in San Diego, CA


University of Toledo’s International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference, Sept 24-25, 2020 in Toledo, OH


APHA 2020 Annual Meeting & Expo, Oct 24-28, 2020 in San Francisco, CA


2020 JuST Conference, Nov 4-6, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Funding Opportunities


Research on Law Enforcement Responses to Sex Trafficking of Minors, Fiscal Year 2020

(Federal Funding)

Closing Date: May 26,2020


Victim Assistance Emergency Funding Application for Subrecipients

*Applicants are limited to victim assistance providers currently funded by CJCC and to agencies which have experienced economic hardship as a result of acts of nature.

Close Date: May 29, 2020


OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Assistance

(Federal Funding)

Close Date: June 1, 2020


NIJ National Center on Forensics, Fiscal Year 2020

(Federal Funding)

Close Date: June 5, 2020


Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Services and Outreach (DVHT-SO) Program

(Federal Funding)

Close Date: June 24, 2020


Demonstration Grants to Strengthen the Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Native Communities (VHT-NC) Program

(Federal Funding)

Close Date: July 6, 2020


National Human Trafficking Hotline

(Federal Funding)

Close Date: July 31, 2020


Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education Demonstration Program

Close Date: July 31, 2020


Sociological Initiatives Foundation

(Foundation Funding)

Close Date: August 14, 2020


Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative

(Federal Funding)


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