On March 14, Women United hosted an education panel on human trafficking. Click HERE to see a recording of that panel. Additional resources mentioned during the panel are included below.

The panelists included:

  • Dr. Jennifer Andrews, Child Abuse Pediatric Specialist, UVA and Foothills Child Advocacy Center
  • Annette Cox, Victim Witness Manager, US Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia
  • Dr. Serwa Ertl, Adolescent Pediatric Specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UVA
  • Detective Michael Schneider, Charlottesville Albemarle Human Trafficking Task Force, Task Force Officer with Homeland Security Investigations, and Southern Virginia Internet Crimes against Children Task Force

The panel was moderated by Alicia Lenahan, Executive Director of Common Ground Healing Arts.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Office for Victims of Crime – The Office for Victims of Crime is a part of the Office of Justice Programs, within the U.S. Department of Justice. The OVC’s mission is to provide aid and promote justice for crime victims. The office was created in 1988 in an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act of 1984.

https://HEAL Trafficking: Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage – an integrated network of over 4,000 survivors and multidisciplinary professionals in 50 countries dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors, from a health perspective.

Futures Without Violence – a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.

Polaris Project – Polaris is leading a survivor-centered, justice- and equity-driven movement to end human trafficking.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – NCMEC is the nation’s largest and most influential child protection organization. They lead the fight to protect children, creating vital resources for them and the people who keep them safe.

NetSmartz – NetSmartz is NCMEC’s online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.

KidSmartz – KidSmartz is a child safety program that educates families about preventing abduction and empowers kids in grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors. This program offers resources to help parents, caregivers, and teachers protect kids by teaching and practicing the 4 Rules of Personal Safety using classroom lessons, at-home lessons, parent tips, and fun printable activities.

Blue Campaign – Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases.

Department of Homeland Security – Homeland security starts with hometown security, and everyone – individuals, parents, business owners, and community leaders – has a part to play. Learn more, get involved, and make a difference.

Virginia: Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking (2 pages):

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