Connection between trafficking and institutions of higher education

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Girls Educational & Mentoring Service

Raising consciousness about the complexity surrounding human trafficking is an increasingly important aspect of sexual violence. As we broaden our lens to end sexual violence, it is critical to discuss the struggle associated with human trafficking.  Many groups, communities and organizations across the country and world are collaborating in identifying root causes of violence, risk & recruitment, and strategies that multidisciplinary teams can use to systemically address sexual violence by drawing from the efforts of colleagues working to end trafficking.  This webinar presents an opportunity for practitioners to make the link between the trafficking of young girls and women with the sexual violence response practices of coordinated community response teams at institutions of higher education.

This webinar will present a basic overview of the issue of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the United States. Stephanie M. Cabrera Esenwa is an attorney with GEMS, an organization that serves sexually trafficked minors, provides technical assistance to law enforcement and social service agencies.  It will examine the factors that put youth at risk for this type of exploitation, and will discuss how youth are recruited into and trapped in the commercial sex industry.  Best practices for engaging with exploited youth will be discussed.  The webinar will serve as a space to discuss the intersection of commercial sexual exploitation of children with domestic/intimate partner violence to raise critical consciousness and dialog with participants about ways in which coordinated community response teams can engage with each other to create more effective response practices.

Webinar Presentation on CSEC (slides in PDF)

Recording of Presentation on CSEC (available to registered webinar participants only)

Livia Rojas, MSSW, is the Training and Resource Coordinator in the Campus Program at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where she provides training and technical assistance to recipients of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on college and university campuses across the United States and territories. Livia has eleven years of working to advance human rights and student organizing through practice and research.

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  • Carol June 1, 2011, 11:05 AM

    The introduction in this blog mentions human trafficking, yet the slides did not appear to cover the even the minimum definition of human trafficking, the TVPA of 2000 or the Office to Monitor Trafficking in Persons website.

    Slide #16 requires clarification, as it implies that DMST, CSEC and Sex Trafficking are all subsets of Child Abuse. Since I did not attend the webinar I cannot be sure what that particular slide might otherwise indicate, but victims of sex trafficking are not all victims of child abuse and anyone can be trafficked.

    The estimated #’s of juveniles trafficked and the average age have been have been refuted by the Crimes Against Children Research Center, among others. http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/prostitution/Juvenile_Prostitution_factsheet.pdf

    I have no idea what slide #19 is indicating, as there are no city or state ranking reports, and am not sure what else this might be.

    Slide #22 indicates a trend by the Task Forces and Vice Squads to go after the cases that take the least time to solve (money and time) versus the foreign born and/or forced labor, bonded labor, and domestic servitude cases that are time and labor sensitive and costly to the department.

    Slide #25 isn’t just “risk factors” – those are drivers and root causes of the trafficking of youth, male and female that are rarely addressed and usually are not funded or have funding pulled. Prevention efforts aimed at these areas are never, to my knowledge, included in anti-trafficking “safe harbor” prevention legislation.

    CSEC includes the foreign born (non-US citizen) population, yet I do not believe that GEMS or any of the organizations they have indicated as “providers” are assisting non-US citizens or US citizens who are victims of forced labor. One exception is Prax (us), located in the Denver area.

    ~ Carol

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