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News                  

On December 22, two men were indicted on charges of human trafficking and promoting prostitution by a Warren County grand jury.

On December 17, a Michigan man was charged with one count of human trafficking after the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force received a tip by an Ohio agency that identified a potential 15-year-old female victim of sex trafficking.

In November, the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland opened the new Zelma George Emergency Family Shelter. The shelter serves homeless families and survivors of human trafficking in Cuyahoga County.

The Salvation Army of Central Ohio is hiring an Anti-Human Trafficking Victim Advocate to serve trafficking survivors on behalf of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. Interested candidates can contact LBanfield@use.salvationarmy.org.


TOOLS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE        

NEW RESOURCE – Peer Support Training for Survivors of Human Trafficking
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and the Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force are offering a 40-hour training for survivors of human trafficking who are interested in becoming an Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter. Peer Supporters use their lived experiences to help others move forward in their recovery. The training will be held in Columbus over five consecutive Saturdays beginning February 4, 2017. For participants traveling more than 50 miles, OhioMHAS can reimburse mileage to and from the training, and pay for lodging in advance. Interested participants should email Sharon Fitzpatrick at Sharon.fitzpatrick@mha.ohio.gov by January 6, 2017.

NEW RESOURCE – Office of Criminal Justice Services Research Brief
The Ohio Statistical Analysis Center’s December Bulletin includes a summary of service activity by the Ohio Network of Anti-Human Trafficking Coalitions from January-June 2016.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Office for Victims of Crime FY 17 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime is accepting applications for the Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking grant. Interested agencies can find details here.


Meetings & EVENTS

Northwest Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Event
January 7, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. @ Northtowne Mall, 1500 N Clinton St. Defiance, OH 43512
The Northwest Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition will provide human trafficking education at Northtowne Mall in Defiance. For more information, email colleen.kilbert@gmail.com.

Detour: On the Road to Ending Human Trafficking
January 14, 7 p.m. and January 15, 4 p.m. @ South High School, 1160 Ann St. Columbus, OH 43206
Tapestry Performing Arts Dance Company is performing Detour, a dance, drama and musical production focused on bringing awareness to human trafficking. Order tickets here.

Identifying and Supporting Human Trafficking Victims in Healthcare Settings
January 18, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. @ Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Stecker Auditorium, 575 S 18th St. Columbus, OH 43205
The Center for Family Safety and Healing is offering a training to help healthcare professionals identify potential victims of human trafficking and address the physical and emotional needs of survivors.

Ohio Human Trafficking Commission Meeting
January 23, 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.

Multi-Faith Prayer Breakfast
January 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ UAW Hall, 2300 Ashland Ave. Toledo, OH 43620
The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition invites the community to its 2nd Annual Multi-Faith Prayer Breakfast to raise awareness about human trafficking. For more information, email alagesse@lssnwo.org.

Break Every Chain Human Trafficking Conference
January 28, 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. @ 8579 Summit Rd. Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Registration is now open for the Reynoldsburg Youth Human Trafficking Coalition’s annual Break Every Chain Conference which will focus on human trafficking and the heroin epidemic.

Safe At Home Program: Certification Training
January 30, February 3, February 27, March 21, May 5
The Safe at Home program is an address-confidentiality program that allows victims of human trafficking and other crimes to apply for an address designated by the Secretary of State. Individuals seeking to join the program may do so through the assistance and counseling of a certified Application Assistant. The Secretary of State’s office is offering four Application Assistant trainings for the spring of 2017.

8th 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 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
February 3, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ The American Red Cross, 2111 Dana Ave. Cincinnati, OH
Registration is open for End Slavery Cincinnati’s (ESC) annual event dedicated to enhancing multidisciplinary community responses to human trafficking in Southwest Ohio.