April 30, 2020

Training and Education Resources

Materials from STAC’s monthly third Friday trainings and other resources on human trafficking education will be posted here.

Human Trafficking: Working With Underserved Populations

Presented Friday, May 15, 2020

DESCRIPTION: This webinar will provide an overview of human trafficking and how it affects underserved populations as well as intersects with sexual and domestic violence. This program will also help participants build on their expertise in working within their specific communities as well as highlight challenges posed during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. Case examples of both sex and labor trafficking will be used to illustrate what constitutes human trafficking and how to best identify and respond to survivors. Specific topics to be covered will include the importance of understanding and implementing trauma-informed approaches, confidentiality, intersections with child welfare and the impacts on children and families, working with law enforcement, resources, and building community responses. Ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and discuss concerns will be provided.

PRESENTERS: Marina Anderson, Florida Department of Children and Families Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator for Northeast and Northwest Regions; Lashawn Gordon, Director of Membership and Engagement at United Partners of Human Services; Graciela Marquina, MSW, STAC Victim Assistance Director; Robin Hassler Thompson, M.A., J.D., executive director of STAC.


Danger! Understanding the Dynamics of Social Media Human Trafficking Recruitment

Presented Friday, April 17, 2020

DESCRIPTION: Social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit, and sell children for sex. Some traffickers use online ads to target victims, or they will send friend/follow requests to young people in their region, proceed to strike up a conversation, and develop online friendships. These conversations may start off friendly and innocent, but then the traffickers will begin to use manipulation to charm their potential victims. The online friendship quickly evolves to a romantic relationship, and this is where the sextortion techniques are used to lure their victims into human trafficking. 

DURING THIS SESSION: Attendees will learn to recognize signs of social media recruitment and how traffickers lure their victims on the internet. Attendees will learn about the dangers of popular social media dating sites and apps. This session will also discuss popular emojis and their hidden meaning used to communicate sexual gesture when texting or communicating on internet sites and social media apps and will feature both presentation and the opportunity to ask questions and participate. 

PRESENTER: Marina Anderson, DCF Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator Northeast/Northwest Regions. MODERATOR: Robin Hassler Thompson, STAC Executive Director, Co-Chair BBCAHT Social Services Committee.

MATERIALS: Watch Marina’s presentation HERE and then view the Q&A with Marina and Robin below.

Q&A with Robin Hassler Thompson, STAC executive director, and Marina Anderson, Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator, Florida’s Department of Children & Families

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