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1 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Georgia Department of Public Health’s WIC Nutrition Services Directors Meeting Middle Georgia State College December 10, 2014 Macon, GA

2 Who Are You Serving ? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Candice Jett Regional Public Health Advisor Office of Women’s Health “Breaking the Ice/Melting the Myths”

3 Who Are You Serving ? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Myth 1: Human trafficking is another term for human smuggling. Myth 2: Sex trafficking is the only form of human trafficking. Myth 3: Human trafficking only occurs in illegal underground industries. Myth 4: Human trafficking victims always come from situations of poverty or from small rural villages. Human Trafficking Myths

4 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Objectives  Define Human Trafficking (HT)  Comprehend the burden of human trafficking in Georgia  Understand the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the U.S. ( )  Recognize USDA’s responsibility in human trafficking  Identify training references for human trafficking trainings and tools

5 LCDR Zanethia Eubanks, MPH Regional Public Health Advisor Office of Population Affairs/Office of Family Planning

6 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking as defined in the United States, is also known as trafficking in persons or modern day slavery, is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) has long enforced criminal laws against involuntary servitude and slavery, the enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)

7 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking The Candy Shop Trailer

8 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Georgia on My Mind  A new federal study says Atlanta had the country’s largest sex trade.  A study of sex trafficking around the United States says metro Atlanta topped the list in part because of the many conventions held in the city.  According to FBI statistics, Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the United States for domestic minor sex trafficking.  About 300 girls across Atlanta are lured into trafficking every month.  About 500 children are trafficked for sex in Georgia every month.

9 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking A Commitment Plan To Action  In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Obama Administration reaffirmed the American values of freedom and equality by asking federal agencies to develop a plan to strengthen services for victims of human trafficking.  Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity, the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, (the Plan) embraces these principles and builds on the progress that our Nation has made in combating human trafficking and modern day forms of slavery through government action, as well as partnerships with allied professionals and concerned citizens.

10 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Coordination, Collaboration and Capacity The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States will:  Align efforts  Improve understanding  Expand access to services  Improve outcomes “We will invest in helping trafficking victims rebuild their lives.” President Barack Obama, December 31, 2012

11 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking

12 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Accomplishments on Combating Trafficking  The Department of Justice (DOJ), HHS, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), co-chairs of the Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG) Victim Services Committee in partnership with PITF agencies, developed the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States , which was released in January  DOJ, together with DHS, DOS, and HHS, hosted a one-day Survivor Forum and Listening Session for a diverse group of 19 human trafficking survivors to gain insight on appropriately engaging survivors in developing more effective programs and strategies.

13 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Accomplishments on Combating Trafficking (cont.)  HHS launched the SOAR to Health and Wellness Network at the annual meeting of CGI in September 2013, a pilot initiative designed to educate medical and health care providers on how to identify and serve victims of human trafficking, in coordination with DOJ, DHS, DOS, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  There were 29 Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Coalitions across the country, including unfunded coalitions that support public awareness by distributing campaign materials through local outreach activities.  ACF ORR awarded a grant of $800,000 to Polaris Project, a DC-based anti- trafficking organization, to operate the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).

14 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Training Programs VERA Institute of Justice  Created in June 2014 the Guideline for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT)  Two versions  The longer form can be used depending upon the situation and purpose of the screening.  The short version consists of 16 core questions, plus questions specific to migration for the foreign-born. This version is still comprehensive without the loss of predictive ability.

15 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Training Programs (cont.) SOAR (Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond)  In September 2013, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), with support from the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH), launched a pilot initiative to enhance the health care system’s response to human trafficking.  The SOAR to Health and Wellness Training will help health care providers Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to human trafficking. This training builds on multiple years of engagement with diverse stakeholders and federal partners, including the 2008 HHS National Symposium on the Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims.

16 Million Hearts ® Kate Wiedeman, MPH ORISE Fellow Project Assessment and Implementation A Million Hearts Affected by Human Trafficking

17 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Million Hearts ®  US Department of Health and Human Services initiative, co-led by:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  Partners across federal and state agencies and private organizations. Goal: Prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 Goal: Prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017

18 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Cardiovascular Disease and Human Trafficking  Link between cardiovascular disease and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Human trafficking victims are particularly vulnerable to cardiovascular disease:  Lack of health care access  Extreme stress  Malnourishment

19 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking If you encounter someone you think might be a victim of human trafficking…

20 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Remember the ABCS  Aspirin  Blood Pressure  Cholesterol  Smoking

21 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Conclusion  Providing health care access to trafficking victims can be challenging.  Take the pledge at

22 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Resources & Video Links

23 Who Are You Serving? Enhancing Stakeholder’s Response to Human Trafficking Resources & Video Links (cont.)

24 Contact Us Office of the Regional Health Administrator Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center 61 Forsyth Street, Suite 5B95 Atlanta, GA (404) : Office (404) : Fax


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