Education and Outreach Committee
WHAT: The Education and Outreach Committee focuses on expanding accurate knowledge about human trafficking in the community. Outreach efforts focus on raising awareness, participating in community events, offering free education presentations, outreach, and support services for survivors. All are welcome to attend! If you’re interested in attending, reach out to Co-Chairs, Mary Kate Waggoner and Megan Vermillion, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: First Thursday of every month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE: Akron Public Library (60 S. High St. Akron, OH 44326).
Next Meeting: July 8th, 2021 via Zoom. Want to attend? Please contact Co-Chairs, Mary Kate Waggoner and Megan Vermillion, at email@example.com.
Direct Services Committee
WHAT: The Direct Services Committee is made up of dedicated professionals working with survivors of human trafficking in Northeast Ohio. This group is made up of victim service providers, court staff, law enforcement officers, residential shelters, mental health providers, attorneys, healthcare workers, and those working with trafficked individuals in a variety of different capacities. For questions, or if you are interested in attending, contact: Kelli Cary, MSSA, LISW-S at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: Last Tuesday of every month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
WHERE: Summit County Juvenile Court (650 Dan St. Akron, OH 44310) in the Conference Room.
Next Meeting: July 27th via Zoom or in person. Want to attend? Please contact Chair, Kelli Cary at email@example.com.
Trainings: Human trafficking is serious issue in our communities! Our anti-trafficking trainings are designed to provide basic information about the issue, including how to identify it, how to respond to survivors, and how to get involved in prevention and outreach. Details for the type of trainings and registration info can be found on our Facebook page or our Eventbrite page.
Human Trafficking 101: TBD
This FREE virtual human trafficking 101 training is designed to provide basic information about the issue, including how to identify it, how to respond to survivors, and how to get involved in prevention and outreach. This event is open to all community members, however mature topics will be discussed, so use discretion when attending and sharing with others. Details can be found on our Facebook page.
Trafficked or Treasured, Youth Presentation: July 27th at 3 PM
Trafficked or Treasured is a FREE virtual training geared toward youth, young adults, and caretakers. Come learn about human trafficking through a trauma-informed lens, with a focus on youth education and empowerment. Examine the basic stages of grooming and how to recognize them with real-world, accessible examples. Discuss what makes an individual vulnerable to trafficking and how to build resiliency skills to lessen those vulnerabilities. By giving young people the knowledge, tools, and confidence to confront human trafficking in this safe environment, we can empower them to be more in control when confronted with these issues in their own lives—or in the lives of their friends. A great opportunity for both youth and caregivers to learn to communicate about human trafficking with the goal of centering the young person’s decisions in the process of their own safety. Please find the details on our Facebook page.
Generational Trauma Amongst Human Trafficking Survivors: July 9th at 1 PM
This presentation offers an in-depth look into the generational trauma behind human trafficking. Topics covered include intersections of human trafficking and other forms of trauma, violence, breaking cycles of generational trauma, and treatment methods. This event is open to all community members, however mature topics will be discussed, so use discretion when attending and sharing with others. Please find details on our Facebook page.
Labor Trafficking 101: TBD
Labor trafficking deserves as much attention as sex trafficking! This training is designed to provide basic information about the issue of labor trafficking including how to identify it, how to respond to survivors, and some of the resources that are available in Summit County. Come learn about the issue and how you can get involved! Details can be found on our Facebook page.