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News

The Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force released its January 2017 Report, detailing progress on the 2015-2016 priorities and highlighting new priorities for 2017-2018. Additionally, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office also released its Annual 2016 Human Trafficking Report, which highlights law enforcement data from 2016.

This month, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, in collaboration with the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, awarded nearly $94,000 in grant funds to seven organizations to develop and implement human trafficking prevention programs across Ohio.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable victims of human trafficking to petition courts to have their records cleared of criminal charges directly related to human trafficking.

On Jan. 9, Backpage.com closed its adult advertising section after a U.S. Senate panel released a report alleging that the site concealed criminal activity by removing words from ads that would have exposed child sex trafficking and prostitution, as reported by The Washington Post.

On Dec. 31, the Ohio Department of Medicaid released a report on the impact of Medicaid expansion on Ohioans. Additionally, the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and the Ohio Department of Medicaid recently developed guidance on Medicaid eligibility for survivors of human trafficking.

On Dec. 29, a Hamilton County grand jury indicted four people on more than a dozen counts of human trafficking. According to court documents, one defendant rented two rooms at a Blue Ash hotel so at least four women could perform sex acts on clients.

Funding Opportunities

Grant Research Opportunity to Study Human Trafficking Prevalence in Ohio
In collaboration with the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, the Office of Criminal Justice Services is seeking applications for funding for research projects to assess the extent to which youth and children are victimized by sex and labor trafficking in Ohio. View the Request for Proposals here.

Office for Victims of Crime Human Trafficking Grant Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime is accepting applications for the Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking grant and the Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking grant.

TOOLS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE        

NEW RESOURCE – Sheltering Minor Victims of Human Trafficking
The Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force developed guidance for organizations seeking to offer housing for minor victims of trafficking in need of short-term and/or long-term housing assistance.

National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Trafficking in Persons is launching the new National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center, which offers resources for customized trainings, events and other opportunities to benefit the work of their grantees and human trafficking service providers.

Meetings & EVENTS

Human Trafficking 101 Workshop
Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3924 Home Rd. Powell, OH
The Delaware County Against Human Trafficking Coalition is hosting a free Human Trafficking 101 to provide an overview of human trafficking, the impact on survivors, and guidance on how to assist survivors and get involved with the coalition.

She Has A Name Human Trafficking Trainings
Feb. 1, 8, and 15, 6:30 p.m. @ TBD
She Has A Name is providing a free, three-week human trafficking community education program focusing on the needs of survivors, working with survivors, and getting connected to local anti-trafficking efforts.

8th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Feb. 2, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; February 3, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Ohio Statehouse Atrium
State Rep. Teresa Fedor is hosting the 8th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which will include its first Ohio Youth Trafficking Prevention Summit on Feb 3. Registration is now open.

End Slavery Cincinnati’s Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ The American Red Cross, 2111 Dana Ave. Cincinnati, OH
End Slavery Cincinnati (ESC) is hosting its annual event featuring workshops, speakers and organizations dedicated to enhancing multidisciplinary community responses to human trafficking in Southwest Ohio. View the agenda and register online.

2017 Room To Grow: Lighting The Way
Feb. 8, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, 100  Green Meadows Dr. Lewis Center, OH
The United Way of Delaware County’s Women’s Leadership Network is hosting its annual event to raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.