Talking with Youth About Human Trafficking: A Resource Guide for Caregivers

Robin Hassler Thompson, JD MA - Executive Director, The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) | Charlie Jackson - Regional Advocate, Whole Child Leon/ODON | Graciela Marquina - Community Services Advocate, The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) | Jamie Rosseland - Human Trafficking Subject Matter Expert | Kyya Smith - Account Coordinator SalterMitchell PR

September 16, 2022

Training Description

Myths and misconceptions about human trafficking are among the top reasons why sex and labor trafficking persist. Youth, as well as their parents and grandparents can be trafficked –as well be traffickers. Family members who do not know how to recognize the signs and indications that their children or grandchildren are being groomed or targeted by traffickers can also be both charmed and duped by traffickers. Traffickers’ grooming often starts online with social media and gaming apps, contradicting the prevalent misconception that youth are “snatched” from parking lots or street corners. How should caregivers speak to youth about sex and labor trafficking to inform and protect them? How can youth help each other to be safe from traffickers? How can youth be aware of whether adults in their lives are being groomed and trafficked? Presenters will cover these and many more issues, including new tools and helpful resources.