June 2020 Update

Presented to the San Diego Regional HT and CSEC Advisory Council on June 10, 2020.

The practices of the HT-RADAR program at the Center for Justice & Reconciliation at PLNU include:

  1. Aggregating regional human trafficking related research;
  2. Convening and facilitating collaboration between human trafficking data analysts and researchers working in the region;
  3. Facilitating the networking between practitioners, data analysts, and researchers;
  4. Identifying potential human trafficking research funding for researchers studying human trafficking in the region;
  5. Improving public knowledge of the results of research related to human trafficking across multiple disciplines and sectors through regular research updates, and an annual research conference.

To be added to our email distribution, please email ht-radar@pointloma.edu

For questions about HT-RADAR, please email or call Clara Anne Wagner at (619) 849-2771 & cwagner@pointlome.edu

The following information reflects the work and deliverables that occurred during May 2020:

Next HT-RADAR Quarterly Meeting

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for June 25th from 11:30am – 1:30pm 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 The Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR) in the School of Social Work, within the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University will be presenting.  The STIR office, opened in 2013, is staffed by academics, researchers and law enforcement community research partners.  

The goal of the STIR office is to be a central source of research on domestic sex trafficking to inform the decisions made by those who contact victims and perpetrators of sex trafficking, including law enforcement and prosecutors, educators, medical services and social services.  Research disseminated from the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research significantly contributes to the knowledge base about sex trafficking by introducing innovative research methodologies and unique partnerships in the development of new knowledge.

After the June quarterly meeting we will survey the HT-RADAR network to determine how to best support the region, including research interests, needs and collaboration opportunities. We will also be seeking input on how to best structure our meetings moving forward. Thank you for your participation when you receive the survey.


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 and our Monthly Updates.

Phase Two of the website update is underway and will include an updated directory of research articles and reports and improved access to information for researchers and colleagues. The article library database will be launched by July 2020. We look forward to providing this new resource of articles and reports, and welcome your feedback as we roll-out this new service.


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:


Measure Outcomes in Service for Human Trafficking Survivors: Practice and Research

Cutbush, Stacey; Charm, Samantha; Gnaedig, Philip

Abstract: This CVR webinar discusses a new Excel-based tool developed to measure service outcomes for human trafficking survivors. This free tool measures changes in feelings of safety, well-being, social connectedness, and self-sufficiency. The slides provide an overview of the tool’s development and its use at CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), an anti-human trafficking service organization in Los Angeles. The interim co-director of CAST describes how the tool helped the organization learn more about the effects of its services. Researchers from RTI International discuss how the tool was validated for widespread use and why validation matters for reliable outcome measurement.


Coordinating Multi-Victim Human Trafficking Cases: Building Partnerships, Confidentiality, and Providing Individualized Services

Webinar Link.

Powerpoint slides.

Abstract: This webinar provides insights and guidance for how to navigate working with multiple survivors involved in the same case. It touches on possible conflicts of interest, disclosures, record keeping, and recommendations for building networks and strategic planning.


The Importance of Trauma Informed Care in Anti-Trafficking Work

June 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Speakers: Meg Hughey, YWCA Kalamazoo and Ahlea Howard, International Institute of Buffalo

Abstract: Many of us have learned about trauma and trauma informed care through academic or training settings, or see this language included in every grant or program description we see. Or maybe we hear the buzzwords but don’t really know how this is (or needs to be!) part of our daily anti-trafficking work. Using language of trauma informed care doesn’t mean we have the tools to implement truly trauma informed practice with survivors of trafficking. What does being trauma informed with survivors look like? What doesn’t it look like? This session will discuss foundations of trauma informed care, and why providing trauma-informed, victim centered services with survivors of trafficking is critical. The session will also provide concrete strategies to integrate core values of trauma informed care into your work with survivors, and minimize potential for retraumatization.


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.


CCARHT Summer Symposium – Modern Slavery & the Sustainable Development Goals

Virtual Conference: June 29 – July 3, 2020


National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Free Virtual Conference: July 18-28, 2020


Asia Region Anti-Trafficking Conference

Virtual Conference: July 21-22, 2020


ICHTSE 2020: 14. International Conference on Human Trafficking, Slavery and Exploitation

August 20-21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom


25th International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Across the Lifespan

Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2020 in San Diego, CA


The University of Toledo’s International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference

Virtual Conference: September 23-25, 2020


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.


Central Valley 11th Annual Conference on Human Trafficking

Jan 27, 2021 in Fresno, CA


Now and Next

Fall date TBD in Washington D.C.


Funding Opportunities 

(Listed here)


Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (Federal Funding)

The IACP is now accepting applications for the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI).The goal of the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI) is to identify and develop skills and practices needed to promote healthy, comprehensive, and sustained collaborative approaches that buffer and mitigate the negative effects of vicarious trauma.

Close Date: June 29, 2020


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

The goal of the VHT-NC Program is to fund organizations that will build, expand, and sustain organizational and community capacity to deliver services to Native American victims of severe forms of human trafficking through the provision of direct services, assistance, and referrals. 

Close Date: July 6, 2020


National Human Trafficking Hotline (Federal Funding)

The goal of the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) is to maintain and support the operation of the current NHTH, which includes telephone (1-888-373-7888), text, chat, and website capabilities that provide coverage in the United States (U.S.) and U.S. territories.  The NHTH is a dedicated, toll-free hotline, and is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, and is staffed by trained experienced human trafficking advocates that provide services and assistance to victims of severe forms of human. 

Close Date: July 31, 2020


Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education (HTYPE) 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


Sociological Initiatives Foundation (Foundation Funding)

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research and action are intrinsically inseparable.  We invite concept proposals for projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy.  Projects should also have clear social change goals. SIF has funded projects in the areas of civic participation, community organizing, crime and law, education, health, housing, immigration, labor organizing, and language/literacy.

Close Date: August 14, 2020


Wells Fargo Private Foundations (Foundation Funding)

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: Ongoing


Neo Philanthropy (Foundation Funding)

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: Ongoing


Costco Charitable Contributions (Foundation Funding)

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: Ongoing


W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Foundation Funding)

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: Ongoing


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.


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