October 2020Monthly Update
The next HT-RADAR meeting is scheduled for December 10, 2020from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and will be held virtually over zoom. Meeting details to follow. Thank you to everyone who joined the previous HT-RADAR meeting on September 17, 2020. The research presented focused on experiences of racism, ethnic bias and racial tension as it relates to human trafficking and the experiences of trafficking survivors. Information on the two presentations can be found here:
- Experiences of Racism and Racial Tensions Among African American Women Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Practice: A Qualitative Study by Dr. Lara B. Gerassi
- Cultural Oppression and Human Trafficking: Exploring the Role of Racism and Ethnic Bias by Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis
Justice Department Awards Nearly $101 Million to Combat Human Trafficking
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs announced it has awarded nearly $101 million in funding to combat human trafficking and provide vital services to trafficking victims throughout the United States. The Office for Victims of Crime awarded over $97.4 million to state, local and tribal jurisdictions, service providers and task forces all over the country, while OJP’s National Institute of Justice awarded the remaining $3.5 million to support research and evaluation on human trafficking.
List of State of California Awardees:
Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking
|North County Lifeline, Inc.||$600,000||San Diego County, CA|
|California Department of Justice||$900,000||Sacramento, CA|
|Family Services of Tulare County||$600,262||Visalia, CA|
Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking
|Covenant House California||$499,998||Alameda County, CA|
|Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus||$307,012||Modesto, CA|
|Individuals, Now||$500,000||Santa Rosa, CA|
|International Rescue Committee, Inc.||$500,000||Sacramento, CA|
|North County Lifeline, Inc.||$500,000||San Diego County, CA|
|Orangewood Foundation||$500,000||Orange County, CA|
|Ruby’s Place||$500,000||San Francisco, CA|
|The Chest of Hope, Inc.||$481,843||Tracy, CA|
|The Coalition to Abolish Slavery Trafficking||$500,000||Los Angeles, CA|
|Volunteers of America of Los Angeles||$500,000||Los Angeles, CA|
Services for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking
|County of Alameda||$2,000,000||Oakland, CA|
Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking
|International Rescue Committee||$666,667||Sacramento, CA|
Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
|International Rescue, Inc||$350,000||Turlock, CA|
|Volunteers of America of Los Angeles||$749,998||Los Angeles, CA|
Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking Project
|Futures Without Violence||$300,000||California|
Call for Papers: Anti-Trafficking Education: Pedagogy, Policy, and Activism
This special issue of Anti-Trafficking Review invites scholars, activists, practitioners, survivors, and others involved in anti-trafficking education to evaluate and share how they disseminate knowledge about trafficking. In addition to generating much-needed assessments of anti-trafficking pedagogical practices, the special issue will consider how anti-trafficking education is a growing field where facts, truths, lessons, and approved interventions become established. This established (yet contested) knowledge circulates and competes for audiences and funding. Moreover, social justice projects – such as those advocating for the rights of migrants, workers, and incarcerated survivors of domestic and sexual violence, or demanding justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women – challenge racialized, gendered, colonial, and economic violence. Yet, there are tensions about whether and how anti-trafficking education diverts attention and resources away from these longstanding efforts. We invite submissions that analyze anti-trafficking education in a variety of contexts and from diverse perspectives, as well as contributions that assess instructional materials, use or propose innovative pedagogies, and/or advocate for coalitional practices that teach about trafficking from an intersectional and cross-issue framework.
- Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2020.
The Outcomes For Human Trafficking Survivors (OHTS) Instrument, OHTS User Guide, and OHTS Development Brief
Many programs offer comprehensive services to victims and survivors of human trafficking. However, better information is needed about how program participation changes clients’ lives. RTI has developed the Outcomes for Human Trafficking Survivors (OHTS) evaluation instrument, incorporating input from practitioners, survivors, and researchers at each step in the process. Designed to be completed by service providers about the clients they serve, the instrument measures client status in four key areas: safety, well-being, social connectedness, and self-sufficiency. The user-friendly instrument, accompanied by an instrument user guide and instrument development brief, are publicly available at no cost. The OHTS research team is excited to share these resources with the hope of improving case manager service provision for victims of human trafficking, and ultimately outcomes for human trafficking survivors.
Survivor Advocates Live Chat: Voices Against Forced Labor
Watch this online conversation with Angela and Jayson from CASTLA as they talk about the vulnerabilities in legislation that lead to their exploitation and forced labor in California and how CASTLA and the FBI helped empower Jayson and Angela to escape from human trafficking.
- Conversation 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:
Discussion on “A longitudinal evaluation of a survivor-mentor program for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States” (2020) with Katherine Bright, a PhD candidate at University of Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and one of the authors on the study.
Bright explores the findings of the research, but more importantly, she shares the methods her team developed to conduct longitudinal research with a population of youth that were often difficult to trace over time. She also discusses the methods for debriefing with research team members and ensuring their well-being during the process of the research, address conflicts and resolve tensions.
In this webinar “The LGBTQ Community and Commercial Sexual Exploitation,” Esperanza Fonseca, member of AF3IRM, and Cristian Eduardo, Survivor Leader at Sanctuary for Families and ECPAT-USA, discuss the widespread exploitation of the LGBTQ community in the sex trade and the harms of full decriminalization. They also talk about the importance of the Equality Model, a policy solution that prioritizes the rights of those who have been exploited in the sex trade while holding buyers, pimps and johns accountable for the harms they cause.
MOSAICS (Maximizing OVC’s Survivor Assistance in Court Settings) is a training and technical assistance (TTA) project to assist courts in implementing trauma-responsive policies. This webinar addresses that there are an estimated 25 million people are labor trafficked worldwide. In criminal court settings, survivors of sex trafficking are increasingly identified among those facing criminal charges but anecdotal reports suggest that labor trafficking survivors are prosecuted without being identified as victims. What do criminal court professionals need to know about labor trafficking and what can they do about it?
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.
October 29-30, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA
Virtual Event: October 24-28, 2020
The 2020 conference has been rescheduled to November 17-19, 2021 in Washington DC.
This resource page is regularly updated.
In its 2020 Emergency US-Only Grant Cycle, Jewish Helping Hands is focusing primarily on projects that respond to the needs that American families have as they face the unique challenges of our time. JHH values programs and projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. JHH will consider making grants to individuals or organizations that show clear promise to achieve one or both of the following: 1) Respond to unmet needs of those who are poor and/or marginalized and 2) Promote self-help and empowerment within communities.
LOI Due: October 19, 2020
The Mission Support program is based on the belief that trusting those closest to our constituents, and providing core operating support for great organizations, will best further Alliance’s mission. Alliance aims to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties. Organizations may use the Mission Support funds provided as they see fit, allowing them to apply the funds in a way that best meets the most pressing needs of the people they serve.
Close Date: October 26, 2020
Faculty/Post-Doctoral Grant Program (Fahs-Beck Fellows)
Grants are available to help support the research of faculty members or post-doctoral researchers affiliated with non-profit human service organizations. Areas of interest to the Fund are: studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems.
Close Date: November 1, 2020
The Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to advance innovative research on economic mobility and access to opportunity in the United States. We are interested in research focused on structural barriers to economic mobility and how individuals, communities, and governments have come to understand, navigate, and challenge the existence of systemic inequalities. This initiative will support early- and mid-career tenure-track scholars and promote diversity by prioritizing applications from scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences. This includes racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity.
Close Date: November 4, 2020
The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) has long supported social science research with the aim of improving social and living conditions in the United States. In response to the crises of 2020, the foundation is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change.
Close Date: November 11, 2020
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