Every year, children and youth are compelled into labor and sex trafficking in Pennsylvania. Children are trafficked by caregivers, intimate partners, or others who use violence, threats, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to victimize children. Young people who have faced prior abuse, run away, fled child protection systems, or lack strong social support systems are at greater risk for recruitment by traffickers who unscrupulously exploit their vulnerabilities or circumstances.

In the past five years, 703 Pennsylvania cases were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The majority of the cases involved females being sex trafficked, and nearly one third of those cases were children.

But community members just like you make the difference in these children’s lives. The majority of cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline came from concerned neighbors, family members, friends, teachers, counselors, nurses, doctors, etc.

Want to learn more?

Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center (ACCAC) is hosting “Human Trafficking in High Definition”, a free two- day training, open to the public. ACCAC encourages community members, 18 and older, to attend this training. Community members are most likely to be the first to identify children who are being trafficked.

This workshop, led by survivors of human trafficking, reveals assumptions and employs group activities to help trainees empathize with the victims’ experiences. The training is a depiction of “The Life” of exploitation, providing an overview of human trafficking from a survivor’s perspective, and it includes pertinent definitions and ways to identify indicators of human trafficking.

· Identifying Trafficked Children and Youth

· Red Flags and Indicators of Trafficked Children and Youth

· Engaging Trafficked Children and Youth

· Trauma and Trauma Informed Care

· How to encourage and empower victims to leave their exploiter

· How to empower victims to access opportunities in order regain control of their future and life;

· How to ensure victims’ physical and psychological safety;

· How to ensure victims’ access to resources and services, including: medical, substance abuse treatment, mentors/advocates, and more

· Who are the traffickers?

· How to enforce offender accountability by prosecuting adults who exploit children and youth; and walking through the process with the victim

When: June 10-11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 1061 York Road, Gettysburg. PA Register ASAP- seats are limited! http://register.penncac.org/index.php?id=166

For more information, please contact Elida Murray, Executive Director, Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center, (717) 337-9888 or via email: emurray@kidsagaincac.org.

Elida Murray, MA, is the executive director of the Adams County Childrens Advocacy Center.

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