Webinars

Webinars
Name Host Description Date
Racism & the Anti-Trafficking Movement The Human Trafficking Legal Center In 2021, a coalition of survivor leaders and the Human Trafficking Legal Center conducted a survey on racism in the anti-trafficking movement. The survey, distributed in multiple languages, sought to learn more about the impact of systemic and structural racism experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) trafficking survivors. More than 80 survivor participants responded to the survey. Their answers provided insight into their lived experience navigating support services, legal issues, health care, and the anti-trafficking community. Centering the expertise of survivors can help to reframe structures of power and authority within anti-trafficking organizations, driving more effective policies and interventions. Please join us in a spirited discussion led by four survivor leaders on integrating inclusion and equity in the anti-trafficking community. June 15, 2021
Accessing Emergency Housing Vouchers for Trafficking Survivors Freedom Network USA The American Rescue Plan Act provided $5 billion dollars for rental assistance in the form of Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) that will be administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). This webinar will provide an overview of the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program. Presenters will cover who is eligible to receive the vouchers, what requirements exist, and how anti-trafficking programs can partner with Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and Continuums of Care (CoCs) to ensure that survivors of trafficking have access to these vouchers. June 8, 2021
Building Communities Together: How to End Human Trafficking in Local Communities.” Free The Slaves This one-hour virtual lunch-and-learn event sponsored by Florida Power and Light, raised awareness about how communities can work together to end modern slavery. The panel discussion featured powerful voices in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery: Wade Litchfield, vice president and general counsel at Florida Power and Light and board member of Free the Slaves; Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Harvard University professor and board chair of Free the Slaves; Bukeni Waruzi, executive director of Free the Slaves; Ashley Moody, Florida attorney general. April 21, 2021
HEAL Research Webinar: Outcomes for Human Trafficking Survivors (OHTS) Instrument HEAL Trafficking We discussed "Outcomes for Human Trafficking Survivors (OHTS) Instrument" with Dr. Stacey Cutbush and Samantha Charm from RTI International's Division of Applied Justice Research.This presentation described the development and testing of a tool to measure service outcomes for human trafficking survivors. This user-friendly, excel-based tool measures changes in feelings of safety, well-being, social connectedness, and self-sufficiency. The tool is relevant to programs serving minor and adult victims of sex and labor trafficking, and is available to service providers at no cost. April 21, 2021
Addressing the Intersection of Substance Use and Housing Freedom Network USA The webinar provided attendees with an understanding of how substance use intersects with human trafficking and share practical examples of best practices to house survivors who may be actively using. Attendees explored how to follow a trauma-informed and voluntary services model while providing housing for survivors with substance use. April 2, 2021
The 6 C’s of Becoming an Advocate Freedom Network USA This is video is an accompaniment to The 6 C's of Becoming an Advocate toolkit; a collaborative project of The Survivor Alliance, International Institute of Buffalo and Freedom Network USA. The goal of this collaboration is to support human trafficking survivors decide how or if they want to be involved in the anti-trafficking movement. This video features seasoned survivor leaders from across the US. They share details about the work they do and the lessons they have learned along the way. March 22, 2021
A Survivor’s Guide to Navigating the Workplace The Human Trafficking Legal Center Anti-trafficking organizations work to secure physical and emotional safety for the survivors they serve. But these organizations face challenges in instituting workplace policies that promote psychological safety for the survivors they employ. More and more, advocates seek to place survivors' lived experiences and voices at the center of the anti-trafficking movement. As survivor inclusion initiatives become more widespread in the movement, it is important to explore how organizations can create an environment for survivor leaders to thrive in the workplace. This webinar is a candid discussion about psychological safety for survivors in the workplace. February 26, 2021
Core Competencies for Human Trafficking Response in Healthcare and Behavioral Health Systems Freedom Network USA The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) has released a new report on core competencies, or skill sets that healthcare and behavioral health practitioners should have in order to more effectively identify and serve individuals who have either experienced trafficking or are at risk of trafficking. The goal of these competencies is to improve the response to human trafficking through a more trauma-informed and culturally responsive lens. February 26, 2021
Addressing the Housing Need: Sustaining Critical Services for Victims of Human Trafficking during a Remote Work Environment National Center for Victims of Crime Housing is an essential need for stability and to achieve one’s full potential. Finding adequate and appropriate emergency, transitional, and long-term housing for victims of human trafficking is often the biggest service-related challenge support organizations face. On February 24, 2021, three experts offered insight and answered participant questions on this topic during a live Ask an Expert webinar. February 24, 2021
2021 Dirty Dozen List Reveal Event | Mainstream Facilitators of Sexual Exploitation, Explained National Center on Sexual Exploitation The Dirty Dozen List is an annual campaign calling out twelve mainstream entities for facilitating or profiting from sexual abuse and exploitation. Since its inception in 2013, the Dirty Dozen List has galvanized thousands of individuals like YOU to call on corporations, government agencies, and organizations to change specific policies to instead promote human dignity. This campaign has yielded major victories, including significant changes at Google, Netflix, TikTok, Hilton Worldwide, Verizon, Walmart, US Department of Defense, and many more. February 23, 2021
Investing in Freedom: How we place ‘leave no one behind’, economic regeneration and modern slavery at the heart of a post-covid response The Freedom Fund This webinar brings a variety of global voices together from the government, the human rights, anti-slavery and development sectors to discuss the broader economic impacts of slavery. February 22, 2021
The Wrongful Prosecution of Sex Trafficking Victims: The issue of victim-offender intersectionality World Without Exploitation Speaker Series Sex traffickers frequently ensnare their victims in related criminal activity. In fact, it is an integral part of the sex trafficking victimization process that the victim is committing criminal acts at the behest of their trafficker. Throughout this country, there have now been decades of work done to decriminalize human trafficking victims. Many states now have specialized human trafficking courts, diversion programs, “safe harbor” laws and vacatur laws that seek to mitigate the harm caused by criminalizing survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. However, much of that progress only addresses the issue of charging trafficking victims with prostitution crimes. So often, survivors are caught up in serious criminal activity and end up without recourse in the criminal justice system. This situation has arisen frequently in the context of traffickers setting up a “trick-roll” that results in the murder of the sex buyer. Or, like the now famous case of Cyntoia Brown, the sex buyer becomes violent and is killed during the encounter. Most often, the victim is also under the age of consent. There is an urgent need for law enforcement, and prosecutors in particular, to understand the complex trauma, coercion, and traumatic bonding that occurs in the trafficker/victim relationship. As a result, the victim may appear to be complicit in the criminal activity, whereas in reality, this complicity is part of their victimization. It is a human rights violation for the state to punish a human trafficking victim. In fact, the “non-punishment principle” is integral to a victim’s human rights protection at the international, regional, and domestic level. February 12, 2021
Accessing Shelter Options Through the Safe Shelter Collaborative Freedom Network USA This webinar will introduce service providers to the work of the Safe Shelter Collaborative and explore how anti-trafficking providers use the collaborative to house survivors of trafficking. February 5, 2021
Labor Trafficking of Agricultural Workers: Increasing Identification Through Outreach Framework In this event, participants gained insight into conducting outreach to individuals at risk for labor trafficking in the agricultural industry, including recommendations for material formation, access points, and strategic partnerships. January 28, 2021
Free The Slaves Event Commemorating 2021 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Free the Slaves Join Harvard Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy, chair of the FTS board, Bukeni Waruzi, FTS executive director, and attorney Amy Wiwi of Lowenstein Sandler, also a FTS board member, to learn about the scope of modern slavery and what you can do to end it. January 27, 2021
Mandatory Reporting of Human Trafficking HEAL Trafficking This webinar explored a topic of increasing concern to health care professionals, lawyers, and other advocates. In recent years, increasing numbers of states have been amending their laws to require reporting of human trafficking, especially of children. These laws usually cover sex trafficking and sometimes include labor trafficking. Mandatory reporting requirements raise many clinical, legal, ethical, and implementation issues. December 22, 2020
The 21st Century Cures Act – Open Notes and Privacy for Human Trafficking Survivors HEAL Trafficking Panelists discuss the 21st Century Cures Act and its requirement that patients have immediate access to their medical record. It discusses some of the potential safety challenges that this might present to trafficked individuals as well as possible IT solutions for addressing these challenges. Lastly, panelists discuss how to have conversations with your patients about the limits of privacy in electronic medical records. December 17, 2020
Trauma-Conscious and Person-Centered Service Delivery in a Virtual Setting The Sanar Institute & Project TRUST The Sanar Institute, in collaboration with Project TRUST, hosted a webinar on December 17th on Trauma-Conscious and Person-Centered Service Delivery in a Virtual Setting. December 17, 2020
The Necessity of Survivor Leadership The Human Trafficking Legal Center Survivor voices are critical to creating an effective movement to end human trafficking. Yet survivors too often face barriers when trying to make our voices heard. This webinar, aimed at survivors of human trafficking, will look deeply at the necessity of survivors' leadership. We will look at some of the surprising root causes of resistance to survivor empowerment and how we can address them. We will also examine personal and organizational steps that can be taken to build more survivor leadership in our movement. Whether you are just starting to consider ways to share your voice, blazing a new trail, or ready to throw in the towel, come prepared to find ways for every survivor to be a part of the solution. December 14, 2020
What Constitutes Success? Legal Services for Victims of Crime: A Model for Program Design and Evaluation Justice Research and Statistics Association The conceptual model was developed as part of an NIJ-funded project by researchers at the Justice Research and Statistics Association with practitioner experts at the National Crime Victims Law Institute and subject matter experts across multiple areas of victim legal services. The webinar included information about the development of the model itself and how practitioners might apply it to their work. The model provides essential grounding that can guide program design and evaluation across all forms of victim legal services, including victims’ rights enforcement programs. December 8, 2020
Provider Panel: Increasing Identification Through Outreach Framework This 1-hour panel discussion highlights the experience of service providers with expertise in the area of labor trafficking outreach. Panelists share the trajectory of their outreach work—where they started, what they’ve learned, what their programming looks like today, and recommendations for other providers to consider as they initiate or strengthen their labor trafficking outreach efforts. December 7, 2020
Relentless Resilience – A Diplomatic Genocide Aura Freedom International Aura Freedom is collaborating with Indigenous artists and community members in Toronto for an online event on violence against Indigenous women, as part of their Relentless Resilience campaign. Through conversations with Indigenous frontline workers and community agencies in Toronto, this event on Dec 3, 2020 will raise awareness of violence against Indigenous women in Canada, its roots in colonialism and patriarchal ideals, and how advancing equity is key to eradicating it. December 3, 2020
2020 Freedom from Slavery Forum: Empowering & Learning from Survivors Free The Slaves This webinar highlights empowering and learning from survivors. They addrss the following question: How can we achieve stronger survivor engagement and leadership in the anti-slavery movement in advocacy, research, policymaking, awareness-raising and project implementation? November 29, 2020
2020 Freedom from Slavery Forum: The Use of Research to Fight Modern Day Slavery Free The Slaves This webinar highlights the use of research to fight modern day slavery. They address the follwoing question: how can we define and measure the drivers of modern slavery and the impact of interventions in ways that shape policy decisions, generate funding and inform the design of front-line interventions? November 29, 2020
Indigenous Survivors Speak Out World Without Exploitation Speakers Series Indigenous Survivors Speak Out with: Jeri Moomaw (Innovations Human Trafficking Collective), Sandi Pierce (Innovations Human Trafficking Collective), Christine Stark (Author) November 12, 2020
How to Keep Learning During a Crisis Collective Impact Forum When we’re working through a crisis, like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it can feel overwhelming to consider how we can learn from what’s happening around us. In this discussion, we go over the imperative of learning, even during times of great upheaval, and what small ways we can assess how we’re doing and how to move forward. We hear from FSG's Hallie Preskill and Joelle Cook, who share advice, recommendations, and concrete ideas on how to continue to keep learning about how our collaborative work is going, even during times of prolonged crisis like the pandemic. November 1, 2020
Labor Trafficking 101: Learning the Basics National Center for Victims of Crime A panel of experts share information about potential indicators of labor trafficking, vulnerable industries, and a broad range of resources available to help organizations and tribes start, sustain, or grow their support services for victims of labor trafficking. Participant questions are answered live during the event. This webinar is part of the Ask an Expert Series sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center. October 23, 2020
Fact, Fiction & Fear: The impact of conspiracy theories on the anti-trafficking movement World Without Exploitation Speaker Series This webinar was held by World Without exploitation as part of their Now and Next Speaker Series. During this webinar, guest speakers: Rebecca Bender (Rebecca Bender Initiative) and Shea M. Rhodes (CSE Institute) discuss the impact of conspiracy theories on the anti-trafficking movement. October 8, 2020
Implementing a Victim-centered, Trauma-informed Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking National Center for Victims of Crime Three national experts share their insight and answer participant questions during this hour-long session on applying and enhancing policies and procedures centered on survivor safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. This no-cost webinar is part of the Ask and Expert Series sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center. October 1, 2020
Partners in Conflict Collective Impact Forum In this roundtable discussion, we focus on questions around how to collaborate when there may be conflicts between partners, whether it’s conflicting schedules, motivations, or values, and what to consider when those conflicts come up. This discussion includes what to consider when partnering with law enforcement, how to sort through conflicting community meeting needs, and the challenges of finding common ground when everything seems polarized. October 1, 2020
Housing LGBTQ+ Survivors of Trafficking Freedom Network USA This webinar was produced by Freedom Network USA. LGBTQ+ individuals experience high rates of homelessness, have a heightened vulnerability of being exploited, and are often excluded from housing programs. This webinar will discuss the challenges that LGBTQ+ survivors face in accessing safe and stable housing and explore housing models and practices to enhance access to housing for individuals from the LGBTQ+ community. September 29, 2020
Anti-Racism in the Modern Anti-Slavery Movement Survivor Alliance Join Freedom Fund partner Survivor Alliance for a unique online event in which Kenneth B. Morris Jr., Co-Founder of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, will talk about the linkages between historical and contemporary forms of forced labour. The great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington will share his insights about the need for anti-racism in the modern anti-slavery movement. He will highlight FDFI's strategy to fight slavery by pursuing racial equity and prevention of human trafficking through education. A Q&A session will follow. September 17, 2020
WorldWE Speakers Series: The LGBT Community and Commercial Sexual Exploitation World Without Exploitation Speaker Series 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. September 10, 2020
Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center Webinar National Center for Victims of Crime Are you trying to start, sustain, or grow your anti-trafficking work? This webinar by the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center discusses free coaching services and a new group being established to discuss funding strategies. August 31, 2020
Ethical and Practical Considerations for Collecting Longitudinal Data from CSEC Youth HEAL Trafficking 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, addresses conflicts and resolves tensions. August 5, 2020
Collaborating during COVID-19 Collective Impact Forum In this roundtable discussion, we address some questions from Forum community members about how our collaborative work is affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including supporting exhausted community partners, figuring out how to build engagement around a new initiative during the pandemic, and how to keep long-term goals while meeting immediate needs. Featuring Robert Albright, Sheri Brady, Jennifer Splansky Juster, Paul Schmitz, Tracy Timmons-Gray, and Junious William. August 1, 2020
Underrepresented Patient Populations: Framework to Create Case Materials HEAL Trafficking This webinar was part of the HEAL Trafficking Simulation and Trafficking Education for Health Professionals Conference. This webinar covers information on unrepresented patient populations as was presented by Cate Nicholas Ed D, MS, PA (her/she) the Director of Simulation Education and Operations. July 30, 2020
Experiences of Racism Among African American Women Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation HEAL Trafficking This HEAL Research Committee Webinar discusses Lara Gerassi’s 2019 article titled “Experiences of Racism and Racial Tensions Among African American Women Impacted by Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Practice: A Qualitative Study.” Dr. Gerassi, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Social Work, will discuss the studies findings and also the innovative research methods she designed to pursue this research. This discussion is moderated by Laura Murphy. July 22, 2020
HEAL Trafficking Webinar: Integrating Research into Anti-Trafficking Presentations HEAL Trafficking This webinar is designed to increase your confidence when presenting statistics and research about trafficking, by teaching you how to evaluate research and statistics that are shared in the general public. Not all research is reported accurately – even by reputable organizations or the government – so it is important for anti-trafficking advocates to learn how to determine what information is the best to use in your training. Presenters explain how to track the original sources of statements that are often employed in anti-trafficking awareness efforts, but are not accurate. This webinar was developed in partnership with HEAL Trafficking (https://healtrafficking.org) and the Survivor Alliance (www.survivoralliance.org). Presenters include: Ummra Hang, MSW and Survivor Alliance Member, and Dr. Laura Murphy, Professor of Human Rights and Contemporary Slavery at Sheffield Hallam University and HEAL Research Committee Chair. June 19, 2020
The Bitter Truth About Sugaring: Deception and false promises in exploitation’s new frontier World Without Exploitation Speaker Series Presented by: Tamar Arenson (The One Campaign), Angie Henderson (University of Northern Colorado), Megan Lundstrom (Avery Center for Research & Services) June 11, 2020
Privilege and Racial Marginalization World Without Exploitation Speaker Series A disscussion of the racism of prostitution presented by: Audrey Morrissey (My Life My Choice), Sonia Ossorio (National Organization for Women New York) and Christine Stark (Author). June 4, 2020
Supporting the Health and Economic Needs of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault and Trafficking Survivors during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Futures Without Violence This webinar highlights how advocacy programs and collaborative partners are shifting their in-person and virtual approaches to meet the needs of trafficking survivors. It also includes tools and approaches to expand partnerships with healthcare and workforce development partners, to enhance safety and wellness for survivors, as well as resources. June 3, 2020
Your Influence Matters. How to Use It to Support Long-Term Social Change Collective Impact Forum In this 2020 Collective Impact Convening keynote, Becky Margiotta (Billions Institute) shares her story, and offers prescriptions for how to maximize the impact of your "three feet of influence" to change the world based on her 30 years of experience as a leader herself and her work with more than 1,000 cross-sector leaders who've attended her workshops on leading large-scale change. May 7, 2020
Rethinking Representation: Framing Human Trafficking for Health Professionals HEAL Trafficking Representation is “the description or portrayal of someone or something in a particular way or as being of a certain nature”. This presentation explores how the anti-trafficking movement represents human trafficking in its public awareness efforts via visual media, stories and testimonies, and data and statistics. By the end of the training, participants will be able to identify common missteps and promising practices to utilize a trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach to authentically sharing information about human trafficking for health professionals. September 20, 2018
Exploring the Intersectionality of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence through a Complex Trauma Lens Project TRUST Password: R^#%FfC7 Project TRUST, in collaboration with the Sanar Institute’s October webinar, which focused on exploring the intersectionality of domestic violence and human trafficking through a trauma-informed lens.