Sexual Assault

Teens Trafficked in the US

Apologies for the lack of posts, but my travel schedule has just ramped up significantly. I am not kidding when I say between now and the last week of April I am on the road *every* week. That’s not complaining, mind you, just the reality of my world. I just got back from a really fantastic training in Montana–what a welcoming and interesting (and large!) group we had. A really great mix of law enforcement, medical and advocacy, too. Anyway, many thanks to them for making John and I feel so at home. And don’t get me started on how well we ate…

I’m actually hanging out in Brooklyn this weekend, for a bit of R&R. But here’s a little something to consider, particularly since I posted a lot of articles this week. JWI is hosting a free webinar next week, Teens Trafficked in the US: How You Can Help. The session will be held February 3rd from 12-1pm ET. You can register here.

From the site:

Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, is an all-too-common and tragic fact of life in today’s world. Children, especially teens, are among its most vulnerable victims. Annually, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 victims of trafficking are bought, sold, tricked, kidnapped and trafficked across international borders. The UN estimates are even higher finding that as many as four million people are victimized each year by traffickers. U.S. citizens, particularly young girls and runaways, are victims of sex trafficking. Join us and hear from a survivor of teen trafficking and learn how you can help.

Leading the discussion:

Robin Hassler Thompson, JD, MA; Founder and President, Robin H. Thompson & Associates; Senior Program Director, Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; Co-Founder, International Justice Connections, Inc.; former Executive Director, Florida Governor’s Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Christina Bain is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery within the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Prior to her time at the Kennedy School, Christina was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, a statewide commission of over 340 public and private sector partners.


  • Survivor’s story
  • Overview of the problem
  • How are teens victimized in human trafficking situations?
  • What are the differences between teen and child victims of trafficking and adult victims?
  • Understanding your role and working with Child Protection Services.
  • What resources are available to help both adult and teen victims?
  • Overview of the laws
  • Q & A