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

On Feb. 17, a Washington state man was indicted on a federal charge after investigators with the FBI’s Operation Cross Country said he brought a teenager to Cleveland to perform commercial sex acts.

On Feb. 8, a Columbus man was indicted by a federal grand jury with five counts of human trafficking for allegedly recruiting five women and using violence and the threat of drug withdrawal to force them to perform commercial sex acts.

On Jan. 26, a Newark man was indicted on human trafficking charges for allegedly using physical violence to force a woman into commercial sexual exploitation. 

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, a 21-year-old woman with a disability is getting help after she was allegedly recruited in Ohio for the purpose of performing commercial sex acts near the site of the 2017 Super Bowl.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline has changed its name to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The hotline will still serve as the same confidential, multilingual hotline that provides survivors with vital support and options to get help and stay safe. The hotline will partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center.


2016 Statistics from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline
Polaris Project released its new statistics report on 2016 data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline. It includes comprehensive case and call data from across the U.S.

Guidelines for Treating Human Trafficking Victims: A Resource for Healthcare Professionals in Northeast Ohio
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking developed a 60-minute human trafficking training video and resource manual for healthcare professionals. To order the resource, email

Meetings & EVENTS

2nd Annual Human Trafficking Symposium
Mar. 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. @ Case Western Reserve University’s Tinkham Veal Center, Ballrooms A&B

The Human Trafficking Law Clinic at Case Western Reserve School of Law is hosting its second annual human trafficking symposium. CLEs and CEUs will be available. Register here.

Eat Up! Columbus
Mar. 11, 6 p.m. @ St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E Broad St. Columbus, OH

Freedom A La Cart, a catering company and social enterprise that employs local, adult survivors of human trafficking, is hosting a fundraiser dinner that includes a six-course menu with select drink pairings and desserts. Tickets are now available for purchase.

Franklin County Crime Victims’ Rights Training
Mar. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ Saxbe Auditorium, 55 W 12th Ave. Columbus, OH

The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center is offering a free cross-disciplinary victims’ rights training to SANE nurses, medical personnel, law enforcement, prosecutors, attorneys, judges, victim advocates and victim service providers. 

Human Trafficking Issues: A Workshop Series for Professionals
All workshops are from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ The Salvation Army, 2507 E 22nd St. Cleveland, OH

The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and its interdisciplinary Professional Education Committee are offering a three-part workshop series for professionals. CEUs are pending approval.

Mar. 22: Prosecuting a Human Trafficking Case: What is Needed from My Profession?

Apr. 19: Pediatric SAFE Protocols: Implications for Helping Professions

May 10: Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care and How to Practice It

March for Freedom Columbus
May 7, 2 p.m. @ Columbus City Hall, 90 W Broad St. Columbus, OH

Early registration is now open for the 3rd Annual March for Freedom. Registration costs will increase after March 10. Learn more about the march here.