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Online Learning and Resources

Upcoming Webinar: LGBTQ+ Survivors of Human Trafficking March 2, 2:30 - 4:00 ET

rainbow on a black backgroundResearch suggests that the LGBTQ+ community is particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. Court stakeholders and service providers must understand LGBTQ+ human trafficking survivors’ unique experiences to serve this population more effectively. Join our next webinar presented by survivor-leader and service provider, Allison Franklin,  and former prosecutor, Jane Anderson, and to learn about the vulnerability factors, the barriers to identification, and service provision for LGBTQ+ survivors of human trafficking. 

Learning objectives:
-  Understand the factors that may make LGBTQ+ individuals at risk for exploitation and trafficking
-  Identify the unique challenges and barriers to identifying LGBTQ+ survivors 
-  Learn about meaningful and appropriate services for LGBTQ+ survivors.  

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Presenters  

Jane Anderson, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas

Jane Anderson brings her expertise in prosecuting human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual violence to her role as an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas. Prior to joining AEquitas, Jane served as a prosecutor in Miami, Florida where she was a founding member of their human trafficking task force, focused on improving the identification and response to victims of trafficking. Jane tried many of Florida’s first human trafficking cases, including cases against buyers, cases built on digital evidence, and cases where charges such as racketeering, child pornography, and money laundering were used to hold offenders accountable while minimizing the need for victim testimony. Jane develops and delivers training and technical assistance around the country and she serves as the Task Force Liaison for several human trafficking task forces. 

Allison Franklin, Survivor Leader

Allison Franklin is a passionate and dedicated Survivor Leader. She works with national, state, and local stakeholders to find innovative solutions to eradicate commercial exploitation and the systemic practices that fuel oppression and stigma. Allison brings her own lived experience of trauma, mental health, and incarceration to her work and has a special focus on changing the narrative of survivors involved in the criminal justice system. She serves as the 2018-2020 Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and as a consultant for National Criminal Justice Training Center. Allison is an accomplished public speaker. She is a student at the University of Texas pursuing a degree in communications. 

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Criminal Courts and Service Providers

When survivors of human trafficking face criminal charges, their status as victims and their resulting needs often go unidentified. In addition, the criminal legal system lacks the capacity to respond to survivors’ needs with crucial social, legal, and health services. A strong working relationship and cross-educational partnership between the criminal courts and direct service providers can help survivors facing criminal charges access critical assistance they may need and potentially reduce the negative consequences of court involvement.  Join us for a webinar panel presentation with colleagues from your field to learn strategies for making these cross-system partnerships work.

Presented by Mónica Arenas, Marissa MacTurk, and Judge John J. Romero, Jr.

Criminalization of Trafficking Victims Beyond Prostitution

Over the past decade, there has been increased public awareness that sex trafficking survivors are often arrested and prosecuted for prostitution. The reality is that many survivors of both sex and labor trafficking are at increased risk of being arrested for a range of crimes related to the circumstances of their trafficking. As a result, justice system stakeholders should consider ways to reduce further victimization and the collateral consequences caused by justice system involvement. This webinar to details how criminal legal system actors can respond to questions of culpability, develop a range of case resolutions, leverage safe harbor laws, assert affirmative defenses, and provide retroactive remedies for survivors with criminal records. 

Presented by Dalia Racine and Kate Mogulescu

Incorporating Trauma Responsive Practices into the Courtroom

Despite our best intentions and efforts to be procedurally fair and humane, court proceedings are often traumatic events for human trafficking survivors, especially those survivors who are arrested and charged with criminal offenses. By learning more about the genesis and manifestations of trauma, justice professionals can reduce the harm inflicted on survivors and increase trust. Watch this MOSAICS online learning course to explore how you can incorporate trauma responsive practices into your courtroom.

Presented by Miriam Goodman and Charlotte Weber

Introducing MOSAICS

In our first webinar, we explain MOSAICS’s focus on developing appropriate court responses to survivors of human trafficking facing criminal charges, our approach to training and technical assistance, and how courts can apply work with the project. If you are interested in applying for training and technical assistance, we encourage you to watch this webinar to gain a deeper understanding of our project.

The Intersection of Drugs and Human Trafficking

The intersection of narcotic drugs and human trafficking is complex and multidimensional. Those with pre-existing substance use disorders are at increased risk for victimization, drug use can be a means of coping with the trauma of trafficking, and it is not uncommon for exploiters to involve their victims in the sale and transport of drugs. Learn more about these points of intersection, and how court programs and service providers can better understand them in order to effectively support survivors’ recovery from substance use disorders. 

Presented by: Allison Franklin, Megan Lundstrom, and Charlotte Weber

Understanding and Responding to Labor Trafficking

An estimated 25 million people are labor trafficked worldwide. Despite the prevalence of labor trafficking, survivors are often overlooked and misidentified. Many are trafficked in common industries like housekeeping, restaurant services, and farm labor, and are thus hidden in plain sight. In criminal court settings survivors of sex trafficking are increasingly identified among those facing criminal charges but anecdotal reports suggest that labor trafficking survivors are prosecuted without being identified as victims. Watch to increase your knowledge of the dynamics of labor trafficking, and what criminal courts need to know to respond to it. 

Presented by Colleen Owens and Evelyn Chumbow