January 2024


Happy New Year!

Relevant IO Resources & Events


Webinar: HEAL Trafficking and The Rights Lab Research Webinar

Date: January 24th, 2024

Time: 9:00 to 10:30am EST

Providing high quality, effective health care services for Survivors of human trafficking is a priority – but how do we know what is effective and meets Survivor needs? In this webinar, three research teams will discuss how they have used Survivor-informed research approaches to understand Survivor needs and develop outcomes and instruments for measuring Survivor health and well-being and evaluating services. Following the presentations there will be a Q&A and discussion panel. Stacey Cutbush Starseed, RTI Improving Outcomes Project Director, is a featured panelist for this webinar.

Click here to register for the webinar


Screening Tool Factsheet

The “Screening & Assessment Tool” resource, developed by the Improving Outcomes RTI training and technical assistance team, explores what you need to know before you choose a tool for your program. This resource includes key questions and considerations to reflect upon before choosing a tool. It also offers a clear distinction between screening and assessment methodologies, providing additional context of each of their respective roles for program implementation.

Click here to access the Screening Tool resource

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IO Grantee Minnesota

Recommendations for a Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking/Exploitation (Sex and Labor) and Substance Use in Minnesota

As part of her Master of Public Health capstone project, our very own IO grantee Caroline Palmer, JD wrote "Recommendations for a Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking/Exploitation (Sex and Labor) and Substance Use in Minnesota". This research sought to increase understanding of the intersections between substance use and human trafficking in Minnesota.

Click here to read the capstone project 

What are we reading/attending?

Microlearnings for frontline professionals

The Office on Trafficking in Persons’ (OTIP) National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) recently announced two new microlearnings for frontline professionals who work with children and youth to improve human trafficking screening and safety planning.

Human Trafficking Screening for Child Welfare Professionals

Safety Planning and Multidisciplinary Response for Child Welfare Professional

Click here for more information

Evaluation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline Briefs

In partnership with RTI International, the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) released four new publications from the Evaluation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Each publication details information about the evaluation and various facets of the hotline. Click the links below to access each report.

Referral and Partnerships Brief

Internal Operations, Protocols, and Training Report

Evaluation Technical Background Report

Contractor Population Brief

Click here for more information

OVC Human Trafficking Collective Communities of Practice Calls

The OVC Human Trafficking Collective (HTC) has a two-part upcoming webinar series centered on Shifting the Red Flag Framework: Enhancing Whole Person Responses in Service Delivery.

Part I: 1/31/24 from 2:00 to 3:30pm ET

Click here to register for Part I

Part II: 2/28/24 from 2:00 to 3:30pm ET

Click here to register for Part II

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Jordan Greenbaum, MD is the medical director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, and past medical director of the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Greenbaum is a board member of the International Society on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and a past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She has provided training and technical assistance to international school staff, health and mental health professionals, as well as social workers, law enforcement officers and prosecutors globally to improve the community response to child abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. She provides training and technical assistance regarding the trauma-informed, rights-based approach to interacting with children and families who have experienced trauma related to sexual, physical or community violence, and forced migration.

In November, Dr. Greenbaum hosted a webinar through the Improving Outcomes project to discuss the development and implementation of a new screening tool designed specifically for identification of children at risk for labor and/or sexual exploitation and trafficking. Dr. Greenbaum discussed the screening questions, important considerations for screening this younger audience, optimal ways to implement the tool, feasibility of incorporating screening into various contexts, and considerations of potential challenges to implement. Dr. Greenbaum's webinar was recorded and is available to view via the link below. The passcode to view the recording is k49@9T.

Click here to access the recording of the webinar 
Click here to view the webinar slides 

Conference Opportunity

Improving Outcomes grantee, Maryland, will be hosting their 7th Annual Maryland Child Trafficking Awareness Conference on June 27, 2024, at Towson University. The purpose of the event is to mobilize communities, individuals, and service providers in response to sex and labor trafficking of children and youth, and the audience will be health, legal and human services professionals, as well as interested members of the public. They are currently seeking workshop and poster proposals focused around this year's theme, Intersecting Vulnerabilities for Child Trafficking: Understanding Complexities. Please click below for more information and note that submissions are due by February 2, 2024.

Click here for more information

Updates from OVC

In commemoration of January 2024 Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has created a Raising Awareness of Child Labor Trafficking Outreach document, which contains outreach tools and sample materials to help you quickly and capably develop and carry out your awareness campaign throughout the year. Join OVC in raising awareness of child victims of labor trafficking by highlighting their rights and the services available to assist them, celebrating the progress achieved, and honoring survivors and the stakeholders who work alongside them.

Click here to access the document 

What is the Improving Outcomes Grant Program?

The OVC Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth Trafficking grant program seeks to improve outcomes for child and youth victims of human trafficking by

1) drafting and advising on policy, practice, and programming to address human trafficking at the state-, local- or tribal-levels

and 2) enhancing coordinated and multidisciplinary services for trafficked youth across the state.

Who is this newsletter for?

This newsletter is for anyone and everyone interested in learning more about how to support child and youth victims of trafficking through state or tribal-level approaches to enhance coordination, strengthen responses, and ultimately improve outcomes.

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This newsletter was developed under 15POVC-22-GK-01576-HT, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed throughout this presentation are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.