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News                  

On October 18, the U.S. government released its first ever Human Trafficking Report written by survivors on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. The 11 members of the council were appointed by the president in December 2015.

On October 14, authorities arrested at least two men and recovered one 17-year-old sex trafficking victim in Cleveland as part of Operation Cross Country, a national FBI-led effort to combat sexual exploitation of minors.

On October 7, an Ohio man was found guilty of one count of coercion and enticement of a minor and one count of attempted production of child pornography after the defendant communicated online and via phone with a 14-year-old girl in Colorado.

The chief executive of Backpage.com was arrested on October 6 on felony charges involving sexual exploitation of a minor after the authorities raided the company’s Dallas headquarters. The website has faced allegations of promoting sex trafficking of minors. View the full Senate report here.


TOOLS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE        

Serving Human Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Domestic Violence Organizations
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center developed a webinar last month to provide domestic violence organizations with recommendations on how to adapt services and policies to serve sex and labor trafficking victims.

The Ohio Benefit Bank
The Ohio Association of Food Banks has developed an online service to make it simpler for Ohioans to complete applications for programs like food assistance, child care assistance, health coverage and more. Check out their website for details.


Meetings & EVENTS

She Has A Name Cleaning Services
She Has A Name Cleaning Services, a residential and commercial cleaning company, provides job training and employment to survivors of human trafficking and is currently hiring. Call (614) 447-0528 for information on their weekly open interviews.

Ohio Human Trafficking Commission Meeting
November 14, 2 p.m.– 4 p.m. @ 150 East Gay St., Columbus, OH
Quarterly meeting hosted by the Ohio Attorney General. For more information, email Veronica Scherbauer.

Freedom A La Cart Mentor/Volunteer Training
November 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Location TBD
Freedom A La Cart, a social enterprise providing employment to survivors of human trafficking, is looking for mentors to provide life coaching and emotional support for participants of the CATCH Court program. Visit their website to learn more.

Darkness to Light: Candlelit Yoga Fundraiser
December 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ Bradfield Community Center, 550 S. Collett St. Lima, OH
The Northwest Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition is hosting a candlelit yoga session for students of all experience levels to benefit survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence. Register online.

The Liberator Awards
January 15, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. @ Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Rd. Columbus, OH
S.O.A.P. is currently accepting nominations for the annual Liberator Awards. Click here to nominate and vote for award recipients.

End Slavery Cincinnati’s Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
February 3, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ The American Red Cross, 2111 Dana Ave. Cincinnati, OH
End Slavery Cincinnati is hosting their annual event featuring workshops, speakers and organizations all dedicated to enhancing multidisciplinary community responses to human trafficking in Southwest Ohio. To receive conference updates, sign up to receive their newsletter.

18th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day
February 2, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; February 3, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Ohio Statehouse Atrium
Representative Teresa Fedor is hosting the 18th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which will include its first Ohio Youth Trafficking Prevention Summit on Feb 3. Registration is now open.