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Youth Worker Cafe: White County

Human Trafficking and Indiana Youth Recognizing Signs, Identifying Victims, Collaborating Support

June 19, 2018

11:00am - 1:00pm (Eastern)

10:00am - 12:00pm (Central)

Location

Woodlawn Community Center - Gymnasium

Address

300 S Beach Dr, Monticello, IN 47960

Description

Human trafficking is the fastest growing and tied as the second largest criminal industry worldwide, generating an $150.2 billion each year. Trafficking and exploitation can be found in communities of all kinds. In 2016, the Indiana State Police investigated more than 178 incidents of trafficked or exploited youth, with victims first trafficked as young as age seven. The Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (ITVAP) works in collaboration with law enforcement, Department of Child Services and other service providers to help children escape sex and labor trafficking and support them in recovery and healing.

This presentation will provide information about human trafficking and exploitation as it relates to our youth population. Attendees will:

  • understand human trafficking in Indiana and learn key components of the Action, Means and Purpose of trafficking;
  • recognize risk factors that make youth vulnerable to being exploited, as well as what makes them less likely to identify as a victim and less likely to leave a trafficking situation;
  • be able to identify victims and how to report a suspected case; and
  • learn what intervention and victim services are available locally, regionally and statewide and how ITVAP provide support.

Speaker: Morgan Bow, Regional Coalition Coordinator, Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program, Indiana Youth Services Association 

Morgan Bow has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. Before joining ITVAP, Morgan worked as a victims’ assistance specialist with the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. She has experience assisting domestic violence and human trafficking victims in understanding and navigating the criminal justice process. While at EKU Morgan was the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award and was one of the founding members of EKU’s Southern Poverty Law Center.

Community Partners: White County Community Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of White County

Connect: You are invited to bring your business cards and program or service information to share. Feel free to stay after for additional networking time.