Running Away and Homelessness are Powerful Risk Factors for Sex Trafficking

A new article from Youth Today discusses the risk factors contributing to the sex trafficking of youth under the age of 18. Reviewing the growing body of research on this issue, the authors find that experiencing homelessness or running away are significant risk factors. Others include age, ethnicity, and sexuality, with LGBTQ youth at much greater risk than heterosexual youth of being trafficked. In one survey of adults participating in sex work, respondents who said they ran away as youth (63%) were more likely to have been trafficked than those who did not run away (27%). Overall, the research indicates that risk factors such as whether or not a person has been a runaway or homeless are more predictive of future involvement in trafficking than demographic factors.

Read the article here.
 

Eliminating Implicit Bias in Hiring

This article from the American Bar Association examines how human resources and managerial staff can eliminate bias in their hiring decisions. The article suggests advertising job openings in diverse outlets to reach a broader pool of applicants and keeping the language in job ads as neutral as possible. Authors also suggest removing identifying information from a resumé that can lead to bias, such as applicants’ names, addresses, or graduation year, and sticking to a standard set of interview questions rather than engaging in freewheeling discussion with applicants.

Read more here.
 

2020 NSPN Award Winners

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) recognized several individuals, organizations, and businesses during its 2020 national awards ceremony on August 18th and 19th at Focus 2020. The 2020 NSPN award categories and winners are:

  • Model Program Award – Fresno EOC’s Food Services Program
  • Helping Hands Award – Isaiah Duncan, Y-Now Mentoring Program, YMCA Safe Place Services
  • Safe Place® Coordinator of the Year Award – Chuck Paul, Roy Maas Youth Services
  • Community Involvement Award – Bank of America, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Youth in Action Award – Eric Wolfe, Anchor House
  • Culture of Respect Award – Judith Clark, Hawaii Youth Services Network
  • Executive Leadership Award – Lisa Thompson, Project Oz
  • Essential Voice Award – Dr. Matthew Morton, Chapin Hall
  • Together We Can Award – Darla Bardine, National Network for Youth
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards –
  • Patricia Balke, Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services
  • Phil Garrett, Every Child’s Hope

((Pictured left to right: NSPN Award winners Dr. Matthew Morton, Isaiah Duncan, and Chuck Paul with their awards.)

Congratulations once again to all of our 2020 NSPN award winners. We are honored to celebrate you. To read more about the 2020 NSPN awards and view photos, speeches, and videos from the winners, please visit www.nspnetwork.org/2020-nspn-awards.

 

Various Resources for Youth-Serving Agencies

The following resources will vary month to month and cover a wide variety of topics and interests for those who work in youth serving
organizations. This month’s resources include a guide on a community-based early intervention program, a drop-in center that has established successful procedures in response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and a training guide to help adapt evidence-based trauma treatment approaches while utilizing teletherapy. Click the links below to access these resources.

 

Lost in America Foundation PSA

The Lost in America Foundation has partnered with National Safe Place Network (NSPN) and the National Runway Safeline (NRS) to help raise awareness about homeless youth during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Several celebrities have taken part in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to bring awareness to the issue of youth homelessness and help raise funds for NSPN and NRS. You can view the PSA and donate here. Feel free to share the PSA to your social media channels and tag NSPN on Twitter and Facebook. The Lost in America documentary is now available on certain streaming platforms. You can find out more about the documentary here.


 
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