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Child Sex Trafficking And Social Media

Social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit, and sell children for sex. Some traffickers use online ads to target victims, or they will send friend/follow requests to young people in their region, proceed to strike up a conversation, and develop online friendships.

Danger! Understanding the Dynamics of Social Media Human Trafficking Recruitment  https://youtu.be/ZMBc83LvxdI

Posted: Friday, April 17

 

 

The Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT), Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and Florida’s Department of Children and Families invite you to participate in April’s Third Friday Community Training Program remotely. This free webinar is one in a series that BBCAHT and STAC will be organizing during this time of social distancing to keep up our Third Friday training schedule.

DESCRIPTION: Social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit, and sell children for sex. Some traffickers use online ads to target victims, or they will send friend/follow requests to young people in their region, proceed to strike up a conversation, and develop online friendships. These conversations may start off friendly and innocent, but then the traffickers will begin to use manipulation to charm their potential victims. The online friendship quickly evolves to a romantic relationship, and this is where the sextortion techniques are used to lure their victims into human trafficking.

DURING THIS SESSION: Attendees will learn to recognize signs of social media recruitment and how traffickers lure their victims on the internet. Attendees will learn about the dangers of popular social media dating sites and apps. This session will also discuss popular emojis and their hidden meaning used to communicate sexual gesture when texting or communicating on internet sites and social media apps and will feature both presentation and the opportunity to ask questions and participate.

PRESENTER: Marina Anderson, DCF Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator Northeast/Northwest Regions. MODERATOR: Robin Hassler Thompson, STAC Executive Director, Co-Chair BBCAHT Social Services Committee.

SUPPORT: If you have technical questions or concerns, please contact Center Support staff at centersupport@usf.edu

 

Human Trafficking: Working with Under-Served Populations

This webinar will provide an overview of human trafficking and how it affects underserved populations as well as intersects with sexual and domestic violence. This program will also help participants build on their expertise in working within their specific communities as well as highlight challenges posed during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: May 15, 2020

 

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations. Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to found the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

 

 

Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Florida’s Department of Children and Families invite you to participate the monthly Third Friday Community Training Program: “Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope” online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.

 

Special thanks to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF for hosting.

 

DESCRIPTION: The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities? What is the impact of trauma? How can we as professionals in healthcare, child welfare, businesses and the hospitality industry, social services, law enforcement, the courts, educators, faith community, family members and parents, and as neighbors understand the range and the reach of traffickers? Please attend for answers to these and other questions from AmyLynn Harrington-Smoot, advocate and survivor of sex trafficking and Graciela Marquina, STAC Victim Assistance Coordinator who has supported survivors for over two decades.

 

PRESENTERS: AmyLynn Harrington Smoot is a survivor and advocate working with task forces, community-based care organizations and faith groups throughout the southeast.  She is a current consultant for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center and, in 2018, worked with 121 Hope, as an ambassador and speaker on human trafficking and prevention. She was the Survivor Mentor for the Open Doors Network, through The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, for the Central Florida area including Orange, Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties from November 2017 – February 2018.  She was the Survivor Mentor for The Porch Light, a certified safe home, from January 2015 to February 2017. AmyLynn is a survivor from childhood sex trafficking and torture that occurred for approximately eighteen months from the time she was eight years old. AmyLynn chooses to use her knowledge in the area of sexual exploitation of children as a mentor to help other survivors, to consult with advocates in the fight against this horrific epidemic, and in the areas of education and awareness. She is a frequent speaker and panelist throughout the southeast United States. AmyLynn works with media companies to produce specials and stories about human trafficking.  While in Tallahassee, she participated with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and for the past three years has worked with the 10th Circuit Human Trafficking Task Force with education and awareness.

 

Graciela Marquina was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Communications, from the Iberoamericana University. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work at Florida State University. Graciela started working at a very young age developing her interviewing skills with different populations in Mexico and the United States. While in Mexico, she helped homeless children. She also has conducted focus groups, and trained interviewers for social research.

 

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations. Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to found the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

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Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Florida’s Department of Children and Families invite you to participate the monthly Third Friday Community Training Program: “Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope” online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.

 

Special thanks to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF for hosting.

 

DESCRIPTION: The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities? What is the impact of trauma? How can we as professionals in healthcare, child welfare, businesses and the hospitality industry, social services, law enforcement, the courts, educators, faith community, family members and parents, and as neighbors understand the range and the reach of traffickers? Please attend for answers to these and other questions from AmyLynn Harrington-Smoot, advocate and survivor of sex trafficking and Graciela Marquina, STAC Victim Assistance Coordinator who has supported survivors for over two decades.

 

PRESENTERS: AmyLynn Harrington Smoot is a survivor and advocate working with task forces, community-based care organizations and faith groups throughout the southeast.  She is a current consultant for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center and, in 2018, worked with 121 Hope, as an ambassador and speaker on human trafficking and prevention. She was the Survivor Mentor for the Open Doors Network, through The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, for the Central Florida area including Orange, Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties from November 2017 – February 2018.  She was the Survivor Mentor for The Porch Light, a certified safe home, from January 2015 to February 2017. AmyLynn is a survivor from childhood sex trafficking and torture that occurred for approximately eighteen months from the time she was eight years old. AmyLynn chooses to use her knowledge in the area of sexual exploitation of children as a mentor to help other survivors, to consult with advocates in the fight against this horrific epidemic, and in the areas of education and awareness. She is a frequent speaker and panelist throughout the southeast United States. AmyLynn works with media companies to produce specials and stories about human trafficking.  While in Tallahassee, she participated with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and for the past three years has worked with the 10th Circuit Human Trafficking Task Force with education and awareness.

 

Graciela Marquina was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Communications, from the Iberoamericana University. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work at Florida State University. Graciela started working at a very young age developing her interviewing skills with different populations in Mexico and the United States. While in Mexico, she helped homeless children. She also has conducted focus groups, and trained interviewers for social research.

 

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations. Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to found the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

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Human Trafficking and Gangs

The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities?

Posted: July 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Florida’s Department of Children and Families invite you to participate the monthly Third Friday Community Training Program: “Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope” online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.

 

Special thanks to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF for hosting.

 

DESCRIPTION: The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities? What is the impact of trauma? How can we as professionals in healthcare, child welfare, businesses and the hospitality industry, social services, law enforcement, the courts, educators, faith community, family members and parents, and as neighbors understand the range and the reach of traffickers? Please attend for answers to these and other questions from AmyLynn Harrington-Smoot, advocate and survivor of sex trafficking and Graciela Marquina, STAC Victim Assistance Coordinator who has supported survivors for over two decades.

 

PRESENTERS: AmyLynn Harrington Smoot is a survivor and advocate working with task forces, community-based care organizations and faith groups throughout the southeast.  She is a current consultant for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center and, in 2018, worked with 121 Hope, as an ambassador and speaker on human trafficking and prevention. She was the Survivor Mentor for the Open Doors Network, through The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, for the Central Florida area including Orange, Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties from November 2017 – February 2018.  She was the Survivor Mentor for The Porch Light, a certified safe home, from January 2015 to February 2017. AmyLynn is a survivor from childhood sex trafficking and torture that occurred for approximately eighteen months from the time she was eight years old. AmyLynn chooses to use her knowledge in the area of sexual exploitation of children as a mentor to help other survivors, to consult with advocates in the fight against this horrific epidemic, and in the areas of education and awareness. She is a frequent speaker and panelist throughout the southeast United States. AmyLynn works with media companies to produce specials and stories about human trafficking.  While in Tallahassee, she participated with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and for the past three years has worked with the 10th Circuit Human Trafficking Task Force with education and awareness.

 

Graciela Marquina was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Communications, from the Iberoamericana University. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work at Florida State University. Graciela started working at a very young age developing her interviewing skills with different populations in Mexico and the United States. While in Mexico, she helped homeless children. She also has conducted focus groups, and trained interviewers for social research.

 

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations. Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to found the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

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Collaborating to Keep Kids Safe Across Systems and Across the State: A Focus on Human Trafficking and Florida's Schools

Schools are vital to an effective community response to human trafficking. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has been a leader in informing educators and all Floridians about human trafficking. Recent FDOE rules require each school to develop a plan on child trafficking prevention and education.

Schools are vital to an effective community response to human trafficking. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has been a leader in informing educators and all Floridians about human trafficking. Recent FDOE rules require each school to develop a plan on child trafficking prevention and education. Moreover, effective and safe school response plans include collaborations with many sectors and systems: child welfare professionals, school district leadership, federal and local law enforcement, mental health, victim services providers, culturally specific organizations, and other appropriate community partners – all important to the development and implementation of each school’s response and to student safety and well-being.

 

This certificate program and training with Valerie Ellery with the Florida Department of Education (read more about her below) will address new Florida Department of Education rules regarding human trafficking education, including how schools are impacted, and will help to identify actionable next steps for anyone who works with children and youth: teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, child welfare professionals, human services, law enforcement, justice system personnel, and all Floridians. Understanding your role – as both a professional who works with children or as an individual – in the prevention and eradication of human trafficking is the ultimate goal of this training.

 

Sponsors: STAC in affiliation with Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the International Rescue Committee.

 

Contact: STAC at stac@surviveandthriveadvocacy.org or 850-597-2080

 

Valerie Ellery is the guest speaker. She is the Human Trafficking Prevention Education Specialist and joined the Florida Department of Education’s Title IV, Part A team in October 2019. Valerie has dedicated over 30 years to the field of education in various roles including as a National Board Certified teacher, curriculum specialist, international educational consultant and best-selling author. Her books and resources in the areas of literacy, self-worth and human trafficking have been inspiring educators to motivate and engage today’s learners in classrooms and universities in 37 nations. She is currently focused on helping Florida schools by aligning child trafficking curriculum and resources to health education standards. Valerie is a devoted wife, mother of four adult children, and four grandchildren. She lives for creating healthy schools and families.

 

 

Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope

The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities?

Posted: July 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Florida’s Department of Children and Families invite you to participate the monthly Third Friday Community Training Program: “Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope” online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.

 

Special thanks to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF for hosting.

 

DESCRIPTION: The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities? What is the impact of trauma? How can we as professionals in healthcare, child welfare, businesses and the hospitality industry, social services, law enforcement, the courts, educators, faith community, family members and parents, and as neighbors understand the range and the reach of traffickers? Please attend for answers to these and other questions from AmyLynn Harrington-Smoot, advocate and survivor of sex trafficking and Graciela Marquina, STAC Victim Assistance Coordinator who has supported survivors for over two decades.

 

PRESENTERS: AmyLynn Harrington Smoot is a survivor and advocate working with task forces, community-based care organizations and faith groups throughout the southeast.  She is a current consultant for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center and, in 2018, worked with 121 Hope, as an ambassador and speaker on human trafficking and prevention. She was the Survivor Mentor for the Open Doors Network, through The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, for the Central Florida area including Orange, Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties from November 2017 – February 2018.  She was the Survivor Mentor for The Porch Light, a certified safe home, from January 2015 to February 2017. AmyLynn is a survivor from childhood sex trafficking and torture that occurred for approximately eighteen months from the time she was eight years old. AmyLynn chooses to use her knowledge in the area of sexual exploitation of children as a mentor to help other survivors, to consult with advocates in the fight against this horrific epidemic, and in the areas of education and awareness. She is a frequent speaker and panelist throughout the southeast United States. AmyLynn works with media companies to produce specials and stories about human trafficking.  While in Tallahassee, she participated with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and for the past three years has worked with the 10th Circuit Human Trafficking Task Force with education and awareness.

 

Graciela Marquina was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Communications, from the Iberoamericana University. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work at Florida State University. Graciela started working at a very young age developing her interviewing skills with different populations in Mexico and the United States. While in Mexico, she helped homeless children. She also has conducted focus groups, and trained interviewers for social research.

 

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations. Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to found the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Human Trafficking and Gangs

The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities?

Posted: July 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Florida’s Department of Children and Families invite you to participate the monthly Third Friday Community Training Program: “Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope” online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.

 

Special thanks to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF for hosting.

 

DESCRIPTION: The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities? What is the impact of trauma? How can we as professionals in healthcare, child welfare, businesses and the hospitality industry, social services, law enforcement, the courts, educators, faith community, family members and parents, and as neighbors understand the range and the reach of traffickers? Please attend for answers to these and other questions from AmyLynn Harrington-Smoot, advocate and survivor of sex trafficking and Graciela Marquina, STAC Victim Assistance Coordinator who has supported survivors for over two decades.

 

PRESENTERS: AmyLynn Harrington Smoot is a survivor and advocate working with task forces, community-based care organizations and faith groups throughout the southeast.  She is a current consultant for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center and, in 2018, worked with 121 Hope, as an ambassador and speaker on human trafficking and prevention. She was the Survivor Mentor for the Open Doors Network, through The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, for the Central Florida area including Orange, Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties from November 2017 – February 2018.  She was the Survivor Mentor for The Porch Light, a certified safe home, from January 2015 to February 2017. AmyLynn is a survivor from childhood sex trafficking and torture that occurred for approximately eighteen months from the time she was eight years old. AmyLynn chooses to use her knowledge in the area of sexual exploitation of children as a mentor to help other survivors, to consult with advocates in the fight against this horrific epidemic, and in the areas of education and awareness. She is a frequent speaker and panelist throughout the southeast United States. AmyLynn works with media companies to produce specials and stories about human trafficking.  While in Tallahassee, she participated with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and for the past three years has worked with the 10th Circuit Human Trafficking Task Force with education and awareness.

 

Graciela Marquina was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Communications, from the Iberoamericana University. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work at Florida State University. Graciela started working at a very young age developing her interviewing skills with different populations in Mexico and the United States. While in Mexico, she helped homeless children. She also has conducted focus groups, and trained interviewers for social research.

 

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations. Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to found the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

 

Webinar Materials:

 

 

 

Description

This webinar will provide an overview of human trafficking and how it affects underserved populations as well as intersects with sexual and domestic violence. This program will also help participants build on their expertise in working within their specific communities as well as highlight challenges posed during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. Case examples of both sex and labor trafficking will be used to illustrate what constitutes human trafficking and how to best identify and respond to survivors. Specific topics to be covered will include the importance of understanding and implementing trauma-informed approaches, confidentiality, intersections with child welfare and the impacts on children and families, working with law enforcement, resources, and building community responses. Ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and discuss concerns will be provided.

 

Outline

 

  1. Opening and introductions
  2. Definitions, laws, context of human trafficking (relevant statistics, vulnerability of victims, both adults and minors, disproportionate impacts on underserved communities, who are the traffickers, mandatory reporting, etc.)
  3. Intersections of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence
  4. Trauma and cultural/societal contexts of trafficking, abuse, risk factors, and oppressions
  5. Intersections between human trafficking and sexual assault (both sex and labor trafficking) and common indicators, particularly within underserved communities
  6. Approaching a survivor and survivor needs
  7. Survivor-driven responses; coordinating community resources and programs; other resources
  8. Challenges and needs in communities
  9. Vital role of advocacy
  10. Questions and discussion

 

Presenters

Marina Anderson, Florida Department of Children and Families Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator for Northeast and Northwest Regions. Marina joined the Department of Children and Families Office of Child Welfare Human Trafficking Team in May 2015. She began her career with DCF in 2002. For thirteen years she worked as a Child Protective Investigator (CPI) in Duval County.  In 2014, she became a Field Support Consultant for DCF.  Marina is a recognized expert in safety methodology, providing training and mentoring to CPI and CPIS, and was personally recognized by Governor Rick Scott as a STAR Child Protective Investigator. Marina is a certified investigator and trainer in human trafficking, and a subject matter expert in critical injury, domestic violence, physical/sexual abuse and human trafficking. Marina is also an approved Human Trafficking Trainer for the Florida Sheriff’s Association. Marina is an executive board member of the Northeast Region Human Trafficking Coalition, Freedom 7 Human Trafficking Coalition and Panama City Human Trafficking Task Force. She is also a member of the Alachua County Coalition against Human Trafficking, Big Bend Human Trafficking Coalition and Circuit 1 Human Trafficking Task Force. Marina Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida.

Lashawn Gordon, Director of Membership and Engagement at United Partners of Human Services. She brings extensive experience in nonprofit management, community engagement, leadership and program development. She has worked in the human services sector for the last 17 years. She got her start in human services by working as a Foster Home supervisor at the age of 22.  Prior to working at UPHS, she worked at PACE Center for Girls for 15 years. While at PACE, Lashawn helped expand the program from serving 45 girls to 70 and helped with the transition into a new facility. In 2016, she was awarded DJJ’s Leadership Award and was named the Unsung Shero Award by the Oasis Center for Women & Girls. In 2018, DJJ awarded her the Outstanding Service to Youth and Families Award. PACE also presented her with the statewide Creating Partnership Award.  She is a member of Leadership Tallahassee (Class 34) and currently on the Board Directors for The Alzheimer’s Project, Inc., and PACE Center for Girls Leon. She is married and has one son. In her free time, she enjoys thrift sore shopping and reading.

Graciela Marquina, MSW, was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Communications from the Iberoamericana University. She also holds a Masters in Social Work at Florida State University. Graciela started working at a very young age developing her interviewing skills with different populations in Mexico and the United States. While in Mexico, she helped homeless children. She also has conducted focus groups, and trained interviewers for social research.

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations.

Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to establish the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Robin Hassler Thompson, M.A., J.D., is the Executive Director of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC), non-profit agency she co-founded in 2015 to assist survivors of human trafficking. She also is an active member and co-chairs the Social Services Committee for the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Robin’s consulting firm, Robin H. Thompson and Associates, represents a wide range of clients including the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights where she assists in the Center’s work on human trafficking.

In 2001, she traveled to Bangladesh as a part of a U.S. State Department mission, which included a site visit to a trafficking rescue shelter in Dhaka – this trip inspired her work to help build awareness about human trafficking.  From 2002 to the present, she has directed numerous local and statewide anti-trafficking projects. Robin has lectured extensively on the topics of violence against women and human trafficking. She is a contributor to numerous national and international publications and curricula including a domestic violence and human trafficking on-line Continuing Medical Education (CME) course for the Florida Medical Association.

In addition to her anti-trafficking work, Robin’s areas of expertise include domestic and sexual violence law and policy analysis, Violence Against Women Act implementation, adult domestic violence fatality reviews, workplace violence law and policy and health care issues.  Robin has served on and held leadership positions on local, state and national boards and committees and has chaired the local Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, where she lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Robin served as the Executive Director for Florida’s first Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence during the administration of Governor Lawton Chiles. At the request of the U. S. Department of Justice, Robin served on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women.  She graduated from Florida State University College of Law and in addition to her law degree, she holds an M.A. from Florida State University and a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C.

This training is part of STAC’s monthly training series, offered on the third Friday of every month, in collaboration with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the International Rescue Committee.

SPECIAL THANKS to the Center for Child Welfare at USF for hosting this webinar and providing a recording.

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Collaborating to Keep Kids Safe Across Systems and Across the State: A Focus on Human Trafficking and Florida's Schools

Schools are vital to an effective community response to human trafficking. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has been a leader in informing educators and all Floridians about human trafficking. Recent FDOE rules require each school to develop a plan on child trafficking prevention and education.

Schools are vital to an effective community response to human trafficking. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has been a leader in informing educators and all Floridians about human trafficking. Recent FDOE rules require each school to develop a plan on child trafficking prevention and education. Moreover, effective and safe school response plans include collaborations with many sectors and systems: child welfare professionals, school district leadership, federal and local law enforcement, mental health, victim services providers, culturally specific organizations, and other appropriate community partners – all important to the development and implementation of each school’s response and to student safety and well-being.

 

This certificate program and training with Valerie Ellery with the Florida Department of Education (read more about her below) will address new Florida Department of Education rules regarding human trafficking education, including how schools are impacted, and will help to identify actionable next steps for anyone who works with children and youth: teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, child welfare professionals, human services, law enforcement, justice system personnel, and all Floridians. Understanding your role – as both a professional who works with children or as an individual – in the prevention and eradication of human trafficking is the ultimate goal of this training.

 

Sponsors: STAC in affiliation with Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the International Rescue Committee.

 

Contact: STAC at stac@surviveandthriveadvocacy.org or 850-597-2080

 

Valerie Ellery is the guest speaker. She is the Human Trafficking Prevention Education Specialist and joined the Florida Department of Education’s Title IV, Part A team in October 2019. Valerie has dedicated over 30 years to the field of education in various roles including as a National Board Certified teacher, curriculum specialist, international educational consultant and best-selling author. Her books and resources in the areas of literacy, self-worth and human trafficking have been inspiring educators to motivate and engage today’s learners in classrooms and universities in 37 nations. She is currently focused on helping Florida schools by aligning child trafficking curriculum and resources to health education standards. Valerie is a devoted wife, mother of four adult children, and four grandchildren. She lives for creating healthy schools and families.

 

 

Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope

The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities?

Posted: July 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Florida’s Department of Children and Families invite you to participate the monthly Third Friday Community Training Program: “Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope” online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.

 

Special thanks to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF for hosting.

 

DESCRIPTION: The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities? What is the impact of trauma? How can we as professionals in healthcare, child welfare, businesses and the hospitality industry, social services, law enforcement, the courts, educators, faith community, family members and parents, and as neighbors understand the range and the reach of traffickers? Please attend for answers to these and other questions from AmyLynn Harrington-Smoot, advocate and survivor of sex trafficking and Graciela Marquina, STAC Victim Assistance Coordinator who has supported survivors for over two decades.

 

PRESENTERS: AmyLynn Harrington Smoot is a survivor and advocate working with task forces, community-based care organizations and faith groups throughout the southeast.  She is a current consultant for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center and, in 2018, worked with 121 Hope, as an ambassador and speaker on human trafficking and prevention. She was the Survivor Mentor for the Open Doors Network, through The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, for the Central Florida area including Orange, Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties from November 2017 – February 2018.  She was the Survivor Mentor for The Porch Light, a certified safe home, from January 2015 to February 2017. AmyLynn is a survivor from childhood sex trafficking and torture that occurred for approximately eighteen months from the time she was eight years old. AmyLynn chooses to use her knowledge in the area of sexual exploitation of children as a mentor to help other survivors, to consult with advocates in the fight against this horrific epidemic, and in the areas of education and awareness. She is a frequent speaker and panelist throughout the southeast United States. AmyLynn works with media companies to produce specials and stories about human trafficking.  While in Tallahassee, she participated with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and for the past three years has worked with the 10th Circuit Human Trafficking Task Force with education and awareness.

 

Graciela Marquina was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Communications, from the Iberoamericana University. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work at Florida State University. Graciela started working at a very young age developing her interviewing skills with different populations in Mexico and the United States. While in Mexico, she helped homeless children. She also has conducted focus groups, and trained interviewers for social research.

 

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations. Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to found the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Human Trafficking and Gangs

The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities?

Posted: July 1, 2020

 

 

 

 

Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Florida’s Department of Children and Families invite you to participate the monthly Third Friday Community Training Program: “Survivor Teachings: A Process of Healing and Hope” online from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.

 

Special thanks to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF for hosting.

 

DESCRIPTION: The voices of survivors are essential to our understanding of human trafficking. How do we advocate with and for survivors? What are the immediate and long-term impacts of child sex trafficking and all forms of trafficking? What should we know about survivors’ lives that will help us understand and prevent human trafficking in our communities? What is the impact of trauma? How can we as professionals in healthcare, child welfare, businesses and the hospitality industry, social services, law enforcement, the courts, educators, faith community, family members and parents, and as neighbors understand the range and the reach of traffickers? Please attend for answers to these and other questions from AmyLynn Harrington-Smoot, advocate and survivor of sex trafficking and Graciela Marquina, STAC Victim Assistance Coordinator who has supported survivors for over two decades.

 

PRESENTERS: AmyLynn Harrington Smoot is a survivor and advocate working with task forces, community-based care organizations and faith groups throughout the southeast.  She is a current consultant for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center and, in 2018, worked with 121 Hope, as an ambassador and speaker on human trafficking and prevention. She was the Survivor Mentor for the Open Doors Network, through The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, for the Central Florida area including Orange, Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties from November 2017 – February 2018.  She was the Survivor Mentor for The Porch Light, a certified safe home, from January 2015 to February 2017. AmyLynn is a survivor from childhood sex trafficking and torture that occurred for approximately eighteen months from the time she was eight years old. AmyLynn chooses to use her knowledge in the area of sexual exploitation of children as a mentor to help other survivors, to consult with advocates in the fight against this horrific epidemic, and in the areas of education and awareness. She is a frequent speaker and panelist throughout the southeast United States. AmyLynn works with media companies to produce specials and stories about human trafficking.  While in Tallahassee, she participated with the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) and for the past three years has worked with the 10th Circuit Human Trafficking Task Force with education and awareness.

 

Graciela Marquina was born and raised in Mexico City where she completed her BA in Communications, from the Iberoamericana University. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work at Florida State University. Graciela started working at a very young age developing her interviewing skills with different populations in Mexico and the United States. While in Mexico, she helped homeless children. She also has conducted focus groups, and trained interviewers for social research.

 

Graciela currently serves as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) and has worked in Tallahassee with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, serving as Program and Shelter Manager at Refuge House. She also has consulted with the FSU Center of the Advancement of Human Rights interviewing survivors of human trafficking. For the last 20 years, she has worked extensively with victims of human trafficking, as well as victims of domestic and sexual violence, assisting both immigrant and U.S. citizen survivors. Graciela has conducted numerous training programs on the topics of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault and she assists Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both in the U.S. and in Mexico to help victims of human trafficking. Graciela has published in two peer-reviewed publications, on topics concerning Hispanic populations. Graciela volunteers extensively in her community. She served on the Board of Directors for PACE Center for Girls, has helped to found the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) to assist victims of trafficking, she is an active member of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking.