November 2021Monthly Update


HT Research Conference 2021 Recap

Our annual HT-RADAR conference was held virtually on October 15th. We had 22 researchers present on 16 different studies. 348 attendees participated on the day of the event,  representing 213  different organizations. Of those attendees, 94 were from outside of San Diego County ranging from 23 different states. The conference focused on four thematic pathways: Law Enforcement/Public Policy, Youth, Health, and Community Solutions. The majority of the sessions were recorded and are available until Monday, November 15, 2021, on the Whova platform.
Conference recordings can be accessed here
Invite code: HTRADAR2021

New HT-RADAR Program Director hired:
Luz Aurora Aramburo

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Luz Aurora Aramburo as the new Program Director of Research and Funding. In this role Luz serves as the lead for HT-RADAR, coordinating quarterly meetings, the annual Research Conference, collecting resources on current research, funding opportunities, and training opportunities, as well as convening researchers locally to support new research efforts. Luz has served since early 2020 as the Coordinator at the Center for Justice & Reconciliation at PLNU. Her initial entry into anti-trafficking work began when Luz joined the original HT-RADAR team as a research intern in 2016. If you would like to get in contact with Luz, you can reach her at and (619) 849-3174.


Quarterly Meeting

HT-RADAR Quarterly Meeting

 The next HT-RADAR meeting is scheduled for December 9, 2021 from 11:30am to 1:30pm (PST) and will be held virtually over Zoom.
Meeting details to follow. 

Please make sure to register in advance for this meeting!
Registration Link: here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Save the date for future HT-RADAR Meetings:
March 24, 2022 from 11:30am – 1:30pm (PST)


Community Highlights

Human Trafficking Institute Releases 2020 State Prosecution Reports

The Human Trafficking Institute released its 2020 State Reports on human trafficking, which provides an overview of 2020 federal human trafficking prosecutions in all 50 states. For the first time, the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report contains data from the most recent year’s federal human trafficking cases as well as from every federal criminal human trafficking prosecution since 2000, the year the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act was passed into law.  Reports for all 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia can be found here.
The full report can be downloaded here

Human Trafficking and Health Care Providers: Tool for Legal Requirements for Reporting and Education

As part of the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative, the AHA, Jones Day, and HEAL Trafficking have come together to provide resources to health care providers across the nation who are fighting the global scourge of human trafficking. To support that initiative, Jones Day has prepared the attached tool to help providers navigate the complex roadmap of their reporting and education obligations. With the increased role of telehealth and multistate practitioners, the need for this type of resource is growing.
The tool covers, for the federal government and each of the 50 United States, a summary of the applicable laws on the following topics: reporting of child abuse; reporting of sex and/or labor trafficking; and required regulation of anti-trafficking education of health care providers.
The tool is downloadable here

Recruitment, Human Trafficking, and Temporary Visa Workers

Information published by: Polaris Project
Data from the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline identified 4,816 likely victims from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2020 who were in the United States legally working under at least eight different temporary visas. The purpose of this brief is to examine the effects of recruitment practices, regulations, and enforcement on trafficking victims who were in the United States on temporary worker visas.
The full report is available here

Responding to Online Threats: Minors’ Perspectives on Disclosing, Reporting, and Blocking

Information published by: Thorn Nonprofit
Thorn is a nonprofit corporation that develops technology tools aimed at protecting young people online. According to the group, they are continuing to invest in research to understand young people’s instincts around disclosures and reporting, the barriers minors face, and their resulting actions. At base, we are asking the question: what makes or breaks a minor’s decision to turn to a specific support system?
The full report is available here

NIJ’s Research Assistantship Program

The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience. The RA program is a research-focused professional development opportunity for doctoral students. We welcome students from all academic disciplines to apply who wish to connect their research to the criminal justice field. This unique assistantship is an opportunity to learn and contribute to the breadth and depth of science research in which NIJ engages. NIJ provides funds to participating universities to pay salaries and other costs associated with research assistants who work on NIJ research activities.
  • Students have until January 3, 2022 to work with their schools to apply.
Additional information can be found here


Opportunities & Resources


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.

What About the Buyers? Fighting Human Trafficking by Fighting Demand

Date: December 16, 2021

Hosted by: ATI

Valiant Richey, a global expert on human trafficking, joins Anti-Trafficking International for a conversation about how communities, law enforcement, and political leaders can come together to stop the demand for human trafficking. This webinar is for advocates, parents, law enforcement, and policymakers, as well as civilians and businesses in the private sector.

Developing a Labor Trafficking Orientation for New Staff

Hosted by: Framework

In this training, Cristobal Perez helps to prepare supervisors to build confidence and competence of new staff members. Learn how to set your staff up for success in their work to identify and serve labor trafficking survivors. Topics will include top onboarding practices, labor trafficking training topics, essential and recommended labor trafficking resources to share, and intake and service delivery considerations

The Intersection of Substance Use, Mental Health & Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Hosted by: The Avery Center

Based on data collected by The Avery Center, substances were used both as a means of control by traffickers and as a way to “numb the pain of the repeated trauma” of being trafficked. Additionally, the most common exit strategy for victims in our study was suicide attempt as a way to safely be admitted to a hospital and be separated from a trafficker. Strategies for addressing how each of these indicators present in a health care setting will be discussed in depth in this training. Sponsored by Banner Health.


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2021 Crime Victim Law Conference

Hosted by: National Crime Victim Law Institute

Hybrid: Virtual or the Oregon Convention Center: November 11-13, 2021

Trust Conference

Hosted by: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Virtual: November 17-18, 2021

The JuST Conference

Hosted by Shared Hope International

Washington DC: November 17-19, 2021

Funding Opportunities

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Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program

Source: California Office of Emergency Services

The purpose of the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program is to help human trafficking victims (both sex and labor trafficking) recover from the trauma they experienced and assist with reintegration into society through the provision of comprehensive safety and supportive services including, but not limited to, housing assistance, counseling services, and other social services, using a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach. This grant covers services provided by organizations that meet eligibility requirements to provide services to survivors of trafficking.

Close Date: December 30, 2021

Wells Fargo Private Foundations

Source: Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services provides a full array of services to private and family foundations across the country. For these foundations, Wells Fargo serves as sole trustee, co-trustee, or agent. To serve these foundations, we seek to help non-profit organizations identify appropriate grant resources for specific funding needs. To help you find these grants, we provide a wide range of information about these foundations through our search feature.

Close Date: On-going

Neo Philanthropy (Foundation Funding)

Source: Neo Philanthropy 

Through 12 funds, including the Four Freedoms FundTM and State Infrastructure Fund, NEO has designed and led large-scale collaborative grantmaking funds, connecting donors with aligned values to support work they could not fund as effectively on their own.

Close Date: On-going

W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Foundation Funding)

Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

Close Date: On-going

Costco Charitable Contributions (Foundation Funding)

Source: Costco Charitable Contributions Foundation

Costco Wholesale’s primary charitable efforts specifically focus on programs supporting children, education, and health and human services in the communities where we do business. Throughout the year we receive a large number of requests from nonprofit organizations striving to make a positive impact, and we are thankful to be able to provide support to a variety of organizations and causes.

Close Date: On-going

Forecasted Opportunities:

Services to Victims of a Severe Form of Trafficking

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

OTIP is encouraging the establishment of community partnerships, meaningful engagement of individuals who have experienced trafficking, and the hiring of qualified professionals that reflect the communities being served in all project implementation strategies.  Under the VHT-SO Pacific Region Demonstration Program there is a 12-month project implementation period for the prime recipient to facilitate optional partnerships, on-board new staff, develop service protocols specific to foreign nationals who have experienced human trafficking, and develop a sustainability plan.

Estimated Post Date: March 21, 2022

Lighthouse: Services, Outreach, and Awareness for Labor Trafficking Demonstration Program

Source: Administration for Children and Families

The Lighthouse Demonstration Program’s goal is to directly fund organizations that will build, expand, and sustain organizational and community capacity to deliver services to adult and minor, foreign national individuals who have experienced labor trafficking

Estimated Post Date: March 21, 2022