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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

By Presidential Proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. DHS employees can take a stand against human trafficking by recommitting ourselves to the fight to end human trafficking in the United States. But you don’t have to be a homeland security professional to combat human trafficking.  This month, learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, (https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/indicators-human-trafficking) and where to report suspected instances. Youth need your help to end trafficking in your community. 

Tips and Resources

Tips for Keeping Children and Youth Safe

Infographic 1: What is Human Trafficking?

Infographic 2: There are Different Types of Human Trafficking

Infographic 3: What Can You Do to Stop Human Trafficking?

Keeping children and youth safe online – What does that Acronym Mean?

Keeping children and youth safe in ‘real life’

Recognizing the Signs

Having the Conversation

How to Talk to Your Kids about Human Trafficking

A Sample Conversation with A Young Person

Chatting About Chatting

Talking through Video: You are More

Research and Statistics

The Teen Brain: Under Construction

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

Brain Maturity Extends Well Beyond Teen Years

My Immature Brain Made Me Do It?

How Data Helps Address Human Trafficking

Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims

Book Review Resource: Survivors of Slavery

Study: Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth

Meet Alex: How Homelessness Increases Young People's Vulnerabilities to Trafficking

Meeting Survivors and Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations

One Survivor's Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part I)

One Survivor’s Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part II)

One Survivor’s Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part III)

One Survivor’s Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part IV)

One Survivor’s Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part V)

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST): Ending modern slavery through education, advocacy, and empowering survivors of human trafficking. (video)

CAST Pro Bono Training Program

National Survivors Network

National Campaign Raises Awareness Among Latino and Hispanic Populations

Resources to Help You End Trafficking

HTR3

This framework is the name given to National Safe Place Network’s (NSPN) approach on how to recognize, respect and respond to victims and survivors of human trafficking (sex, labor, DMST, CSEC and other variants).

The framework is meant to complement well researched, existing curricula while filling gaps that seem to exist in linking reactions and responses to strength-based and trauma-informed practices.

From 2013-2017, NSPN received supplemental funding to bring HTR3 to RHY grantees.

Recognize

Recognizing the signs of human trafficking, domestic minor sex trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation of children during outreach activities, intakes, and ongoing services to youth.

Recognizing the need to ensure that all staff are trained in appropriate and effective methods for validating the status of a youth regarding trafficking while maintaining safety for the youth, staff, and the program.

Recognizing the need for education and prevention programming to decrease the risk for RHY.

Respect

Respect youth victims/survivors by focusing on strengths and opportunities to engage youth in change efforts.

Respect the role of other entities (social services, law enforcement, the judicial system and local coalitions) in addressing the issues at a micro and macro level.

Respect the impact the experiences of being trafficked/exploited may have had on the youth and the need for trauma-informed services.

Respond

Respond to youth needs with evidence-based practices and trauma-informed approaches.

Respond rather than react to the nature of the events that lead youth to seek assistance.

Respond to the impact of service provision on staff by ensuring strong professional support and development activities.

Respond to community prevention and intervention needs by linking RHY programs to resources and human trafficking coalitions and/or rescue and restore efforts.

Respond to gaps in services by working with community coalitions to address missing resources.

Blue Campaign Shoe Cards

Blue Campaign Tear Cards

First Responder Cards

Sample Social Media Posts

Facebook:

Someone asking you for a pic? Make sure you’re in control. Here are some things to think about and ways to say NO while saving face. https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#three #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

The internet is a powerful tool for bringing people together, but can also be used to harm or take advantage of children and youth. Check out this resource guide, and learn how to help protect the youth. https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/#six #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Traffickers are known to lure children through websites and social media apps. Learn how to spot warning signs to keep children and youth safe.https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/#six #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Twitter:

Is your child on Snapchat? Check out app safety tips. http://bit.ly/1PH9qYi #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Easy & funny ways to say NO when they ask for a pic. http://bit.ly/2uer3Ow #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Learn how to protect the children and youth in your life. http://bit.ly/1PH9qYi #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking


Click here to view a full list of sample social media posts for Facebook and Twitter.

 

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Social Media Posts

Facebook

Sample Facebook post 1:

Someone asking you for a pic? Make sure you’re in control. Here are some things to think about and ways to say NO while saving face. https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#three #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 2:

The internet is a powerful tool for bringing people together, but can also be used to harm or take advantage of children and youth. Check out this resource guide, and learn how to help protect the youth. https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/#six #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 3:

Someone online trying to make your life a nightmare? Stay safe and get help. https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#four #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 4:

Traffickers are known to lure children through websites and social media apps. Learn how to spot warning signs to keep children and youth safe. https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/#six #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 5:

FIVE million children at this moment are caught up in modern-day slavery. Trafficking takes place when someone’s vulnerability is exploited for profit.

THREE things you can do:

  1. Watch and SHARE THESE VIDEOs
  2. Know How To GET HELP
  3. Support Youth Safety

#ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 6:

People who want to exploit children and youth use the Internet to lure them. Talk to children and youth about social media to help keep them safe. Learn how to start that conversation here: https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/ #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 7:

Avoid posting pics that show where you are - like the name of your school, where your soccer team practices. Find other social media safety tips: https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#one #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 8:

Do you know who children and youth are talking to online? Find out what YOU can do to help keep them safe: https://love146.org/caregivers/guide/#four #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 9:

Don’t use your real name for your insta or twitter handle. Don’t post pics that show where you go to school. Find out a few more safety rules of thumb: https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#one  #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 10:

Number 1 tip for keeping children and youth safer online: Educate them about the risks that exist on their favorite social media sites. Here’s how you can start the conversation https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/#three #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 11:

#ChildTrafficking doesn’t always look like what you see on TV or in the movies. #WatchForTrafficking and learn about the signs and know what to do if you suspect someone you know is being trafficked or exploited: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/fact-sheet-identifying-victims-of-human-trafficking http://www.polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-the-signshttps://love146.org/action/report/

Sample Facebook post 12:

Child Safety Tip: Make sure children and youth accounts are private, and are using usernames that are different for each their apps. Here are more resources to keep children and youth safer online.https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/#six  #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 13:

#ChildTrafficking is real and we’ve met too many children and youth who’ve been victimized.  #WatchForTrafficking and see where to get help for you or someone you know:https://love146.org/youth/

Sample Facebook post 14:

Keep the conversation going about #ChildTrafficking with children and youth in your life so that they can watch for trafficking and spot signs of danger. #WatchForTrafficking  https://love146.org/action/online-safety/internet-safety-guide/#five

Sample Facebook post 15:

Has anyone online — even a friend — asked you to do something that doesn’t feel right? Here’s what to do if someone’s making you feel uncomfortable. #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#four

Sample Facebook post 16:

Keep children and youth safer by knowing the red flags of #ChildTrafficking Check out warnings signs: https://love146.org/action/report/  #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 17:

Recognizing some Red Flag Questions“Are you alone?” “Do you have a pic?” “What school do you go to?” — #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking   https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#two

Sample Facebook post 18:

Helping children and youth navigate social media and the internet – parents and caregivers must keep up on the latest trends and tools.  https://love146.org/just-kik-now/ #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Sample Facebook post 19:

Walking through a dark alley alone can be dangerous – so can some online spaces.  Trust your instincts – don’t walk down dark internet alleys. Find out a few more safety rules of thumb. #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#one

Sample Facebook post 20:

What comes to mind when you think of a “human trafficker”? Learn some more surprising myths and start a conversation with your child. #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking https://love146.org/chttps://love146.org/caregivers/guide/#two

Sample Facebook post 21:

Good friends help keep others safe by knowing the dangers of #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking https://love146.org/action/report/

Sample Facebook post 22:

“Would I be okay with this photo being spread around my school?”  …and other questions to ask before sending a pic.#ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking https://love146.org/action/online-safety/omg-the-internet/#three

Twitter

#WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth

Sample Twitter post 1:

Is your child on Snapchat? Check out app safety tips. http://bit.ly/1PH9qYi #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 2:

Easy & funny ways to say NO when they ask for a pic. http://bit.ly/2uer3Ow #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 3:

Learn how to protect the children and youth in your life. http://bit.ly/1PH9qYi #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 4:

Someone online trying to make your life a nightmare? http://bit.ly/2uem6VP #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 5:

Resources for keeping children and youth safer online http://bit.ly/1PH9qYi #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 6:

Talk to children and youth about online safety. http://bit.ly/1cUJzAc #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 7:

How to stay safer on social media… http://bit.ly/2gNhlxX #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 8:

Noticing when online relationships are risky http://bit.ly/2tK9T7T #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 9:

4 easy tips to stay safe on social media. http://bit.ly/2gNhlxX #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 10:

Social media: Know the risks and talk to children and youth. http://bit.ly/2tiXZ5C #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 11:

How to spot the warning signs of child trafficking http://bit.ly/2tKt816 #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 12:

Child and youth safety tips for social media. http://bit.ly/1PH9qYi #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 13:

Watch out for your friends and get help if you need it. http://bit.ly/2uFGlwa #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 14:

Seeing danger signs and talking with children and youth. http://bit.ly/2vnvdSv #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 15:

When something online doesn’t feel quite right...http://bit.ly/2uem6VP #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking 

Sample Twitter post 16:

Keep children and youth safer: Know the red flags of trafficking http://bit.ly/2tKt816  #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking 

Sample Twitter post 17:

“Are you alone?”... and other red flag phrases. http://bit.ly/2ucDybA  #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking 

Sample Twitter post 18:

How to talk with children and youth about online safety. http://bit.ly/20Y7KA9 #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 19:

What does a trafficker look like? Myths vs. Reality…http://bit.ly/2ud7nJc #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 20:

Know the dangers and watch out for friends. http://bit.ly/2tKt816 #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 21:

Is a child or youth in your life being secretive about their online activity? http://bit.ly/2tK9T7T #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Sample Twitter post 22:

About to send a photo? Here’s things to ask yourself first… http://bit.ly/2uer3Ow #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking


 

Back to 2018 NSHTPM Campaign Resources

 

Remembering Jim Braun

NSPN takes this time to acknowledge the passing of a longtime friend of the Network, Jim Braun. Jim served as a member of the NSPN Board of Directors and received the lifetime achievement award from the Network in 2012. He was the first to think out of the box and to challenge those around him to do more, give more, and to believe more. Jim’s smile, enthusiasm, and courage in the face of pancreatic cancer reminds us all that kindness and bravery go a long way. Jim is survived by his wife Pam, as well as his sons and their families. Excerpts from the published obituary follow:

James A. (Jim) Braun, former president and CEO of Youth In Need, a youth and family services organization serving more than 20,000 individuals and families in six eastern Missouri counties, passed away peacefully at home Friday, December 22, 2017 at the age of 69. Jim served as president and CEO of Youth in Need from 1988 until his retirement in 2012. Under his tenure the organization’s budget grew from $500,000 to $17 million and the number of children and families served increased from 350 to 10,000. Jim’s resolve to nurture the health and well-being of children and families was embodied in the care, devotion, and love he continually showed to his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family.

Jim’s greatest legacy will be the example he set for all who encountered him in how to live life openly and face death gracefully. As he stated in his own words, “My hope is that when people remember me, they will be reminded of their own mortality, take time to cherish and nurture the relationships in their lives, and be mindful to provide kind thoughts, prayers and meaningful actions to those that struggle without the advantage of loving family and friends.”

In lieu of flowers, please donate to www.youthinneed.org or the charity of your choice.

 

Prepare for MLK Day: An Opportunity to Talk About Society, Hope, and Action

In 2017, some of the ugliest legacies of our national history emerged from shadows into the light. White supremacist rallies and marches spread hate and violence in communities across the country.  People are talking about that, which is good.  People need to talk about that. People also need to talk, and take action, about institutional racism and policies that promote oppression and inequality.  January 15th is marked as a day we acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the American Civil Rights Movement. This is an opportunity to talk with young people about social injustice, civil disobedience, peaceful protest, service to others, hope, and action. It can be hard to know where to start. Here are some resources that can help:

From Counseling Today, strategies for facilitating racial dialogues: http://ct.counseling.org/2015/12/race-talk-and-facilitating-difficult-racial-dialogues/

From the YWCA of Madison Wisconsin, a Race to Equity conversation toolkit: http://www.ywcamadison.org/atf/cf/%7B2487BD0F-90C7-49BC-858D-CC50637ECE23%7D/Race-to-Equity_Discussion-Guide.pdf

 

National Safe Place Network Selected as Operator of RHYTTAC

NSPN is proud to announce its continued service to the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grantees for another three years through the operation of RHYTTAC.  NSPN is committed to providing up-to-date promising practices to help support youth organizations across the country as they work to provide safety and permanency, and to improve the social and emotional well-being of runaway, homeless, and street youth. NSPN's dedication to FYSB and RHY grantees will foster capacity building that will result in continued enhancement of services for youth and families.

Thank you for allowing NSPN to serve you. We're honored to be a part of your efforts to keep young people safe. Together we can.

 
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