January 2019

WI, we need to talk.

We need to talk about keeping kids safe online and in our community. January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, so make your New Year's Resolution to increase resources and resiliency for kids. Learn how to report suspected trafficking below.

Help raise awareness of the issue by wearing blue this Friday, January 11. #WearBlueDay. Wear blue and share your photo with us on Facebook. Tell us why you care and we will help you tell your story.

Make this a month with purpose.
Susan Conwell, JD
Executive Director
National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Upcoming Events
  1. Panel Discussion Human Trafficking in MKE hosted by Brew City Church, Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30-8:30pm
  2. Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event hosted by Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee on Thursday, January 24 at 5:00-7:30pm

Continuing Education Opportunities for CASA Volunteers
Trauma and Mental Health Considerations in a Child Sex Trafficking Response: free webinar on February 6th from 3:00-4:30pm CT. During the webinar, you will explore the effects of trauma on the victims of sex trafficking, including the impact on brain development and behavior. You will learn specific strategies for mitigating the effects of trauma, as well as therapeutic modalities to treat victims in the clinical setting. If interested, please email Nidhi at [email protected] to sign up!

Recording of a presentation on Human Trafficking and Cyber Space from Wisconsin CASA: retired Detective George Chavez discusses human trafficking and the child welfare system. Contact Nidhi if you would like to use this for CEU credits.
Do you know how to report a suspected case of human trafficking?
To make a report, contact the county or tribe where you live. If the agency is not known, contact the nearest county. You can find agency contact info here. For a comprehensive guide, review the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families' Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Indicator and Response Guide and go to WisconsinTalks.org. For a quick overview of signs, see the infographic below.
More Upcoming Events + Continuing Education
CASA volunteers get continuing education credits for the following events!

Author and son of 'Beautiful Boy' speaking in Brookfield
Elmbrook Schools present David and Nic Sheff at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield on Friday, January 11 at 6:30pm. David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy , and Nic Sheff, author of Tweak , have written the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle-school readers. Together their memoirs were the source material for the acclaimed film Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet.
The event is free, but registration is required at sheffelmbrook.bpt.me . While kids are welcome at this event, the talk will be targeted to parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Doors open at 6 pm. A talk from the Sheffs will be followed by a book signing.

Get to know Nō Studios!
Missed 'On Her Shoulders' at the Milwaukee Film Festival? You're in luck! Nō Studios is showing 'On Her Shoulders' on Monday, January 14th at 7:00pm . $5 for the general public and free for members. RSVP here .

You can also see documentary films for free about issues around and experiences of incarceration. The Milwaukee Art Museum is screening the films at Nō Studios (1037 West McKinley Avenue, Milwaukee) , in conjunction with the exhibition  The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison . Films start at 6:30pm and talkbacks with Milwaukee filmmakers will follow.

Jan 28: The Return  (2016) by American Documentary | POV 
Post-film discussion with Caliph Muab’El
Feb 11: Ghosts of Attica  (2001) by Brad Lichtenstein 
Post-film discussion with filmmaker
Feb 25: Up North  (2017) by Emil Pinnock & Damaine Radcliff 
Post-film discussion led by film scholar and curator Donte McFadden
Apply for Congressional Shadow Day 2019!
For the past 6 years, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth has hosted a Shadow Day where foster youth and alumni ages 18-30 are invited to Washington, D.C. to be paired with their Members of Congress for a day on Capitol Hill. The youth spend almost a week in Washington, D.C. each May gaining a better understanding of the role of Congress and learning how they can make their voices heard on issues they care about.

The Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program is an all-expenses-paid opportunity for young people with personal experience in the foster care system to spend time with their Congressional representative, as well as White House officials, in Washington, D.C. Apply HERE.
Apply for FosterClub's All-Star Internship Program!
Interns receive leadership training, help improve outcomes for youth transitioning out of care, educate peers and industry professionals, and change public perceptions about foster youth across the nation at conferences and events all summer long. The All-Star internship begins with a 7-week training at FosterClub headquarters in Oregon. After receiving summer training, All-Stars return home and continue to be connected to advocacy opportunities for a full year. 
Interns receive:
  • Weekly living allowance and bonus end of session stipend
  • Cell phone stipends
  • Free housing during the internship
  • Travel to and from the internship and other nationwide events
  • Cultural & recreational experiences
In order to apply, youth must:
  • Have firsthand experience in the child welfare system
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Be responsible and require minimal supervision
  • Be able to travel and be photographed