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Sex Trafficking: Defining the Issue, Identifying the Victims, and Serving Survivors

Sex trafficking is one form of modern-day slavery and every year millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates bilions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable transnational crime. It is also a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement.
This training will:
-Discuss the myths around sex trafficking
-Give tools for identifying victims and traffiffickers
-Discuss how to build trust
-Provide interview techniques

Monday, April 15, 2019
8:00am - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
Steelcase Education Active Learning Center
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About the trainer:

Andrea Powell is a private consultant and the founder of FAIR Girls, a D.C. headquartered nonprofit providing safe housing and innovative programming for young women and girls aged 11 to 26 who are survivors of human trafficking. In 2014, Andrea led the FAIR Girls’ team to create and open the only safe home for young survivors of human trafficking in the nation’s capital area. Andrea has led crisis response teams where she assisted law enforcement and other frontline responders in finding and recovering survivors of human trafficking who were later offered safety and supportive services. Andrea has developed and led trainings for local and federal frontline responders, including the FBI, child welfare agencies, schools, and U.S. Marshalls, on how to best identify and serve survivors of human trafficking. In 2008, Andrea was the co-investigator for a Department of Justice funded study on the pathways of American youth into sex trafficking. This data was then used to create an internationally utilized prevention education program, Tell Your Friends, that has now educated 55,000 youth and educators in 69 junior and high schools across the United States as well as state institutions in Bosnia, China, Russia, Serbia, Uganda and Uzbekistan. Andrea led FAIR Girls’ Serbian office in delivering direct services and prevention education workshops across Serbia and Bosnia from 2007 until 2017.

In 2009, Andrea was the lead project director guiding the government of Montenegro's Ministry of Justice through a two-year study to investigate and respond to the situation of child labor trafficking within the Roma population in the Balkans. This study formed the basis for a series of nonprofit and law enforcement trainings across Montenegro to ensure compliance and standardize services for child labor trafficking survivors. In 2017, Andrea joined D.C. Superior Court in co-designing an innovative court program that ensures detained and neglected youth in the court system are screened for trafficking and offered specialized court programming linking them to mentors, services, and a chance to break the cycle of the juvenile justice system in their lives. In this role, she provides program development advising and direct workshops and support to youth attending the HOPE Court program.

Andrea is currently the technical advisor to Just Ask, a newly formed prevention education nonprofit based in Fairfax, Virginia and continues to act as the lead training chair for the D.C. Anti-Trafficking Task Force. She is also co-founder of GATA Serbia, a nonprofit serving trafficked youth in Belgrade, Serbia. Andrea's work has been published in the New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, the Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters, and NBC Think.

Event Organizer

Elizabeth Gnade