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Polaris - Two New Reports for Keeping LGBTQ Youth Safe



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Ten child predator suspects bagged in TV reporter’s Fairfield sting


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Latest CYL Alert:  Red Sand Project in Stamford
Human trafficking
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Human Trafficking In Connecticut
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Human Trafficking: Resources for Protecting Our Youth  Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery and includes both sex trafficking and forced labor. Youth with difficult family situations or histories of trauma, including those in foster care, can be at greater risk for becoming victims of trafficking. The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183) was signed into law on September 29, 2014. It requires States to develop policies and procedures for identifying and providing appropriate services for children and youth the State has reasonable cause to believe are, or are at risk of being, victims of sex trafficking and establishes the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a variety of information on human trafficking, including the following:

  • Chapter Four, "Protecting Children," in the 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections includes information about why child abuse occurs; risk factors; consequences; identifying, reporting, and responding to maltreatment and human trafficking; as well as supporting parents and children with a history of trauma.
  • "Human Trafficking: Protecting Our Youth," a new strengths-based tip sheet for parents within the 2015 Resource Guide, defines human trafficking, outlines some signs and symptoms of trafficking, and explains what parents and caregivers can do to help. Like all Resource Guide tip sheets, this also is available in Spanish.
  • The Responding to Human Trafficking web section provides a list of organizations and resources that connect child welfare staff or related professionals to human trafficking information. Resources span topics including identifying and responding to human trafficking, awareness training, resources for attorneys and advocates, and more.


Additional Human Trafficking resources include:

Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States
Information Memorandum ACYF-CB-IM-14-03
Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-14-06
For more information on child abuse and neglect prevention or human trafficking, visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website, or contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at 1.800.394.3366 or info@childwelfare.gov.

ACF Family & Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Training & Technical Assistance Center hosted a recorded webinar, “Studying the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Sex Trafficking.”  More information at: http://www.rhyttac.net/events/htr3-recorded-webinar-studying-impact-internet-and-social-media-sex-trafficking-0

ACF Family Violence Prevention and Services Program hosted a webinar on “Trauma-Informed Approaches for Supporting Domestic Trafficking Survivors.”  More information at:  http://www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org/2015/01/register-now-for-upcoming-webinar-trauma-informed-approaches-for-supporting-domestic-trafficking-survivors-january-28/
ACF Administration for Native Americans released a new Information Memorandum on “Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking among American Indian, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander Communities.”  Available at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ana/ana_human_trafficking_im_2015_01_29.pdf
The Department of Education released “Human Trafficking in America’s Schools,” a new guide for educators on identifying and preventing child trafficking in schools.  Download at: http://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/human-trafficking-americas-schools
For more information on ACF anti-trafficking initiatives, visit  www.acf.hhs.gov/endtrafficking
For additional information on anti-trafficking resources, visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at www.traffickingresourcecenter.org or call 1-888-373-7888.

Vera Institute has developed a tool that is reportedly the first validated human trafficking victim screening tool along with best practices guidelines.

POLARIS - Two New Reports for Keeping LGBTQ Youth Safe

I am excited to share two of Polaris's new resources for LGBTQ youth, Staying Safe: Tips for LGBTQ Youth for How to Protect Yourself and Your Community from Human Trafficking and Reaching Out for Help: A Guide for LGBTQ Youth on How to Receive Support and Services from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

  • Youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) remain one of our nation's most vulnerable populations. They face higher rates of discrimination and experience more harassment, family rejection, violence, and financial instability than other youth.
  • Many face homophobia or transphobia, and some are kicked out of their homes and left homeless. In fact, nearly 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, in comparison to only 7% of the general population.
  • Our new resources speak directly to LGBTQ youth about this issue.
  • While acknowledging and commending the strength and resiliency LGBTQ youth show in the face of hardships, Staying Safe teaches youth how to recognize and respond to signs of human trafficking within their own communities, and highlights important risk factors to be aware of.
  • Even if LGBTQ youth are able to recognize signs of trafficking, taking the next step and calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline can still be a daunting task. Some of these youth may be hesistant to call or text because they have experienced discrimination or ignorance at the hands of people who were supposed to be there to help them in the past.

Reaching Out is a visual and audio presentation that guides LGBTQ youth through the process of contacting the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Polaris's BeFree Textline and reinforces that these spaces are safe, inclusive, and identity-affirming. It shows LGBTQ youth that if they call the Hotline or send a text to BeFree, they will be met with highly trained Hotline Advocates who will not judge them and will do their best to connect them to LGBTQ-sensitive support and services.

Staying Safe and Reaching Out expand the safety net for LGBTQ youth victims and survivors of human trafficking by equipping them with the tools to protect themselves and their fellow community members from trafficking and exploitation. We encourage you to read, watch, and share these resources with your networks so that LGBTQ youth can be better prepared to guard themselves from those who seek to exploit them.