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Addressing Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children in Connecticut
"Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it- in partnership with you. The change we seek will not come easy, but we can draw strength from the movements of the past. For we know that every life saved-in the words of that great Proclamation-is an ‘act of justice’, worthy of the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God. When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed — that’s slavery. When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family — girls my daughters’ age — runs away from home, or is lured by the false promises of a better life, and then imprisoned in a brothel and tortured if she resists — that’s slavery. It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.”   
President Barack Obama, 9/25/12
About HART

HART Committee Org. Chart

HART DATA:  2016,  2015, 2014

HART Leadership Committee

 

The Human Anti-trafficking Response Team (HART) was created in order to focus on and reduce Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST).

 

The State of Connecticut Legislature has created legislation to promote public awareness and prevention of child sex trafficking, to provide for ongoing monitoring of efforts to combat trafficking, to clarify mandatory reporting, and to provide a statewide oversight and monitoring body.

The State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has increasingly sharpened its focus on the growing issue of DMST afflicting children across the State. Since 2008, over 485 children have been referred to DCF as possible victims of DMST. Connecticut DCF has put forth tremendous efforts to end the sale of our children.

These efforts fall within three categories:
  • Identification and Response
  • Awareness and Education
  • Restoration and Recovery
There are six Human Anti-trafficking Response Teams in Connecticut. These are inter-disciplinary teams lead by experienced HART Liaisons and includes; the child’s treatment team, specialized providers and legal representation if indicated.
 
The HART Liaison works with the local Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) ensuring the cases are afforded all resources to maximize prosecutions while ensuring the child and families are provided the appropriate medical and mental health services they are entitled to as victims.

 

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST).

Sexual abuse of a child (under the age of 18) by another person in return for payment in money or in kind, paid to one or more third parties.   DMST always involves a third party that is benefiting from the situation.

The State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) has increasingly sharpened its focus on the growing issue of DMST afflicting children across the State. Since 2008, (and as of the first quarter of 2016), 485 children have been referred to DCF as possible victims of DMST. Connecticut DCF has put forth tremendous efforts to end the sale of our children.

These efforts fall within three categories:

    There are six Human Anti-trafficking Response Teams in Connecticut. These are inter-disciplinary teams lead by experienced HART Liaisons and includes; the child’s treatment team, specialized providers and legal representation if indicated. The HART Liaison works with the local Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) ensuring the cases are afforded all resources to maximize prosecutions while ensuring the child and families are provided the appropriate medical and mental health services they are entitled to as victims.

     

    Newsletters

    HART HELPS:

    Trauma Matters - Winter 2017
    Trauma Matters Newsletters (Archived)

    Shining Star Awards

    Latoya Lowery and Sargent Jason Amato
    Detective Joshua Lewis and The Underground
    Marilyn Kmetz and Erin Williamson
    Yvette Young
    Karen Diaz  

     

    Trainings

    There are no trainings scheduled at this time

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    If you are aware of a child who is being victimized you can make a report to the Careline at 1-800-842-2288

    For more information you can contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888 or text to 233733