August 15, 2011
National Human Trafficking Resource Center Newsletter
Welcome! The monthly newsletter is a tool created by the NHTRC to share relevant and timely information with the anti-trafficking field.
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Educators and other school-based professionals have a critical role to play in recognizing potential human trafficking and in helping potential victims access specialized services. Educators are in a unique position to identify foreign national and U.S. citizen youth in diverse situations of both sex and labor trafficking. Educators may also observe potential indicators of human trafficking in the parents, family members, and care-givers of their students.
The NHTRC has developed resources for educators and school-based professionals that provide information on types of trafficking, vulnerabilities and methods of recruitment, how to recognize potential trafficking indicators, and steps to take when educators have identified a potential victim, including reporting and social service options.
Training & Technical Assistance Highlight: Curricula Building
The NHTRC is available to review and offer feedback on anti-trafficking curricula and other training materials. The NHTRC can provide technical assistance in building curricula for a variety of audiences, including:
- Service providers
- Law enforcement
- At-risk youth
To request a materials review, submit a request online.
You can read more about the training and technical assistance available through the NHTRC here.
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Each month, the NHTRC features hotline statistics on an emerging trend in the anti-trafficking field or on a particular category of calls received by the hotline. From December 2007 through June 2011, the NHTRC has received more than 200 calls from educators. Reports from educators can be some of the most substantive both in terms of the level of detail provided and in actionable steps necessary for reporting to specialized law enforcement and accessing comprehensive anti-trafficking services.
In many cases, educators called the NHTRC hotline to request general information and resources. Frequently educators called to request training and technical assistance, including technical assistance to help assess potential trafficking situations involving their students. Educators also called to request service referrals for potential victims, and to report tips about potential trafficking cases.
Note: A Linked Call describes a follow-up or subsequent call that refers back to an earlier request or previously reported tip. This category was discontinued in August of 2010 when the NHTRC implemented a case-based tracking system for multiple call cases.
Educators called regarding situations of potential labor trafficking and of potential sex trafficking with the same frequency.
The most common types of sex and labor trafficking reported by educators are, in descending order:
Educators learned about the NHTRC hotline through a variety of different avenues, the most common of which are listed here, in descending order:
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After several counseling sessions, a 15-year-old boy told his school guidance counselor that he engages in commercial sex.
When she was a young girl, Melissa’s parents arranged for her to move to the United States with an aunt who promised that she would get an education and have a better life; upon arrival, she learned that she was expected to care for the family’s three young children and to do all the housework.
An ESL teacher contacted the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) to report a suspicious situation involving several of her students and their parents.
Note: Vignettes are based on hotline calls received by the NHTRC. Names, locations, and other identifying information have been changed and/or omitted to preserve the confidentiality of the populations we serve. Vignettes are meant as examples of the types of calls received by the hotline and are for informational purposes only.
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The NHTRC requests materials and other resources for educating students about human trafficking, building human trafficking curricula, or engaging students in prevention and other human trafficking efforts. We will share these resources with the field via future newsletters. When you respond, please indicate if you are comfortable having the NHTRC share your resource and/or organization’s information.
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The July 2011 NHTRC Newsletter should have reported
Total Calls to Date: 33,891
Total Calls From Previous Month: 1,500
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This publication was made possible in part through Grant Number 90ZV0087 from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement, or HHS..nibh sit amet pharetra placerat, tortors condimentum.
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