A brief overview of current news and updates on Ohio’s anti-trafficking movement.




On August 23, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Waverly Police Department conducted an undercover operation leading to arrests for drugs and human trafficking after a man was allegedly going to supply the women with heroin and money in exchange for sex.

On August 5, a federal judge ordered the CEO of Backpage.com to turn over documents to Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) investigative subcommittee so it can investigate alleged links to child sex trafficking. On August 12, a federal appeals court issued an administrative stay to further review the dispute.

On July 29, the Ohio State Highway Patrol partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking by bringing their mobile exhibit to the Ohio State Fair to inform the public on human trafficking.


Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond to Human Trafficking (SOAR) Training
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering ten virtual SOAR training sessions for health care providers, public health professionals, social workers and behavioral health professionals. Click here for details.

Victim Assistance Training (VAT) Online
The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC) is offering a training program that provides victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to assist victims of crime.

Exposing Sex Trafficking in Cantinas and Bars in the U.S.
Polaris Project is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 8 featuring data from Polaris’s upcoming report, “More Than Drinks For Sale: Exposing Sex Trafficking in Cantinas and Bars in the U.S.”


Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Human Trafficking Prevention Grants
The Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and Ohio Children’s Trust Fund announces the availability of funding through a Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) to support prevention programs and community education campaigns aimed at eliminating human trafficking and child exploitation in Ohio. Applications are due Monday, September 19, 2016 by 3:00 P.M.


Freedom Ride/Poker Run
August 27, 10 a.m. @ Napoleon Harley-Davidson, 862 American Rd. Napoleon, OH
The event will include poker, raffles, food, auctions and a freedom motorcycle ride. Funds will be donated to the Six County Chapter of the Northwest Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition for human trafficking victim services, prevention and outreach. Call (419) 799-2635 with questions.

Cleveland Unites to End Human Trafficking
September 15, 11:30 a.m. @ Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St. Cleveland, OH
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking’s 2016 luncheon features speakers from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association and more. Registration is now open.

End Slavery Cincinnati Quarterly Event
September 15, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. @ the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Join End Slavery Cincinnati for an information session on working with LGBTQ trafficking survivors. For more information, visit the coalition’s event page.

Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference
September 22 & 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. @ The University of Toledo Student Union, Toledo, OH
Registration is now open for the University of Toledo’s Annual Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, hosted by the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition and the University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

Hope for Humanity
September 23, 7:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. @ Crossroads Church, 2095 W Fair Ave. Lancaster, OH
The Fairfield Medical Center Emergency Department is hosting a symposium for medical center staff and community members to gain a better understanding of how to combat poverty and human trafficking. CEUs are available, and there is no cost to register.

Human Trafficking Training for Salon Professionals
September 29, October 17, November 14, December 19, January 16
5 p.m.-6 p.m. @ Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo, OH
The Kent Branch Library is hosting monthly human trafficking trainings for salon professionals. To register, call Brenda Holsey at (419) 450-5239.

Cultural Competency Conference  
September 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. @ Mount Carmel West MSB Auditorium, 793 W State St. Columbus, OH
The Salvation Army of Central Ohio, Mount Carmel Hospital and the Central Ohio Rescue & Restore Coalition are hosting the Cultural Competency Conference to increase central Ohio’s capacity to identify and serve foreign national victims of human trafficking. Social work CEUs will be available.