Week of 8/23/21: Open Doors Important Updates

Recording Available: Webinar on Grooming, Recruitment, and Prevention of Sex Trafficking

This month’s webinar featured Katherine Gomez of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Survivor Leader Jamie Rosseland, Brittany Peck of Shared Hope International, and Corporal (RET) Alan Wilkett, Board Member of Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking. Moderated by Micheala Denny, the conversation shared insights on the realities of grooming and recruitment of sex trafficking victims, as well as highlighted the role community members can play in the prevention of this heinous crime. Click to view recording


Hoyt’s Tool of the Week: Human Trafficking During a Pandemic: What We Can Learn From a Snapshot in Time

Online forms of sex trafficking increased by more than 45% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data reported to the Polaris-operated U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. Here’s why that matters: Online forms of sex trafficking are less likely to be reported by someone with direct knowledge of the situation (50% vs. 70%), are more likely to involve minors (55% vs. 24%), and are more likely to involve males (15% vs. 7%), according to 2 years worth of Trafficking Hotline data. These statistics indicate a possible shift in where sex trafficking likely occurred during the height of the pandemic, and understanding how traffickers adapt to changing circumstances is vital to those working to reduce and prevent the crime. Learn more about this research and calls to action through Polaris’ latest blog.

Upcoming Webinars

Restorative Justice Symposium 2021 (Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate)
Tuesday, August 24, 9:00-3:30pm EDT
This symposium from the PA Office of Victim Advocate will examine restorative justice principles and practices and explore community trauma and community healing. We will hear from members of the community who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Restorative justice embraces the cornerstone of justice, which is: all people have inherent value and life itself embodies the possibility of change.

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Survivor Perspectives: Labor Trafficking Service Needs (Framework Tools to Combat Labor Trafficking)
Thursday, August 26, 2:00-3:00pm ET
This panel discussion on client needs kicks off and informs a series of training events and resources focused on labor trafficking service delivery. The panelists will discuss experiences, missteps, and opportunities with service providers and provide insight on how professionals can better meet the needs of survivors. Thirty minutes of Q&A will follow the discussion. This event is for providers and their community partners with beginning- or intermediate-level experience delivering services to labor trafficking survivors.

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The Role of Faith in the Recovery Process: A Survivor’s Perspective (Shared Hope International)
September 15, 2:00-3:30pm ET
Panelists Marjorie Saylor, Jessica Kim and Keelin Washington will be sharing their uniquely different faith journeys through their steps to recovery. They will share how faith/spirituality played a role in their lives before, during, and after exploitation. They will share about broken faiths, unanswered questions, and doubts that they never expected to be answered or restored. Finally, they will discuss how spirituality should not be overlooked in the recovery process.

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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Children and Adolescents (Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health)
Wednesday, September 23, 6:00-8:00pm ET
Presented by Erik Young, M.Ed, LPC, LMHC. Free to participate. To register, email FLRSVP@Devereux.org


Faith Community & Human Trafficking Workshop (Gateway to Fr33dom Human Trafficking Taskforce)
Thursday, September 30, 10:00am-12:00pm ET
Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. P. “Doc” Nave with Bikers Against Trafficking

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