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Webinar Series

Every survivor deserves to be free and whole. Our 2022 Webinar Series focuses on meeting the needs of every human trafficking survivor through a series of survivor led webinars.

Each three-hour webinar will offer tools and solutions for social service providers, advocates and those working directly with human trafficking survivors. For those in the general public or those who are new to working to address human trafficking, we have added a pre-series bonus webinar.

Because no survivor should fall through the cracks.

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Pre-Series Bonus Webinar

Human Trafficking Happens Here: An Introduction to Human Trafficking in the Monterey Bay Area

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:00 pm Pacific Time

Presented by: Deborah Pembrook

Does human trafficking really happen in our community? This introductory webinar explains what human trafficking is in its many forms, what it looks like in our community, and how to understand and serve survivors of human trafficking. This webinar is appropriate for the general public. Those participating in the Survivors Lead Monterey Bay Virtual Challenge are particularly invited.

Harm Reduction Strategies for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Youth

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 1:30 to 4:30 pm Pacific Time

Presented by: Queen Nola Kesia Brantley

The workshop is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to apply harm reduction strategies when working with commercially sexually exploited children and youth. The training will begin with a discussion on harm reduction strategies we use in everyday life and examples of harm reduction that are currently being used in the public health and social service arenas. Nola will then lead the group in a discussion of how harm reduction applies to participants through individual, community and societal harms followed by principles for applying harm reduction with individuals in the commercial sex industry. The workshop will wrap up with a discussion on safety planning, assessments and contextually specific safety tips for victims and survivors of the commercial sex industry.

Space is limited. Sign up today as we expect this webinar to fill quickly. 

Boys Are Trafficked Too

Thursday, February 24, 2022, 1:30 to 4:30 pm Pacific Time

Presented by: Russell G. Wilson: HT Subject Matter Expert & Consultant

Learn about vulnerabilities that lead to victimization of boys and men, the impact of stigmatization, and the tumultuous pathway from trafficking victim to self-actualized “Thriver.” Russell’s message will highlight his personal journey as a male CSEC survivor and former foster child, as well as practical tips and tools to engage youth.

Building Rapport with Survivors in Early Stages of Recovery

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:30 to 4:30 pm Pacific Time

Presented by: Rachel Thomas, M. Ed.

This presentation will focus on what to say, what not to say and other best practices for building rapport with survivors in their early stages of recovery or in the precontemplation/contemplation stages. The presentation will include experts from the Ending The Game’s Facilitator Training Manual. Ending The Game is a sex trafficking intervention curriculum being used by over 1,200 facilitators across 40 states.

Intergenerational Impacts of Southeast Asian American Trauma and Sexual Exploitation

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 1:30 to 4:30 pm Pacific Time

Presented by: Ummra Hang, MSW.

War, violence, and misogyny are among some of the deep rooted issues that Asian peoples have faced throughout history. Recent acknowledgment and documentation of hate crimes against Asian Americans highlights the discrimination and resilience of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans have in the United States. In this presentation, Ummra Hang will discuss the vulnerabilities to human trafficking and the system of generational exploitation faced by the Southeast Asian and refugee communities in the US.

We would like to thank our partners, Santa Cruz County Human Services.

And thank you to our media sponsor, KSCO.