Nest Foundation creates curriculum to accompany “Playground” documentary

The Nest Foundation recently made a film called “Playground,” a documentary that explores the devastating impact of child sex trafficking in the United States.  The film has been shown in communities across the country and even around the world, and Nest has found that prevention education is our most powerful investment in the effort to stop child sexual exploitation and trafficking.

At every screening, a common question was asked by members of the audience:  “How do we get this film into high schools?”  The average age of a child trafficked for sex is 13, and if children are not aware of the signs of potential perpetrators, they may end up becoming victims.

In December 2014, Nest launched a new curriculum about preventing sexual exploitation.  This high school curriculum focuses on 4 crucial topics:  breaking down sexual exploitation and trafficking; deconstructing media and advertising that send the wrong messages about sexuality; encouraging students to be smart about what they share on social media; and encouraging youth action and citizenship so that students can be heard.

The curriculum was piloted in Portland, OR, and data from Nest’s 2014 Annual Report revealed intriguing data:  87 percent of students were able to recognize trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery; 88 percent of students recognized the role pop culture plays in sustaining the sex industry; and 95 percent of students felt equipped to take action within their communities to prevent exploitation and trafficking.

The data shows the importance of education in the prevention of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and “Playground” is a documentary that gives strong support in teaching the public about how to recognize it and how to ultimately prevent it.  The Nest Foundation is currently looking at other cities across the country for implementation of its new curriculum, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and New York.  With the curriculum, Nest hopes to arm a generation of our youth to stay safe and smart in their own environments!  You can join the conversation on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can find out more about the documentary’s impact summary at nestfoundation.org.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall appointed president of National Association of Secretaries of State

PATH NC would like to congratulate NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall on her appointment as the new president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)!

Secretary of State Marshall replaces former Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, who took office as governor of Oregon on February 18, following former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation.  As the new president of NASS, Marshall will serve out the remainder of Brown’s original term of office, ending in July.

Marshall continues to support ending forms of exploitation within our state and beyond.   She is a supporter and friend to PATH NC, and we wish her the best in her recent appointment!

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the US. Its members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs.

WomenNC Fellowship Dinner (February 19)

WomenNC is holding its 6th annual Local-to-Global dinner forum on Thursday, February 19.  The event will take place from 5 PM to 8:30 PM at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus (1070 Partners Way) in Raleigh.

From 5-6:30, there will be a reception and fundraising raffle, and the dinner and program will go from 6:30-8:30.  The event’s keynote speaker will be Annie E. Clark, writer, spokesperson, and co-founder of End Rape on Campus, an organization supporting sexual assault survivors.

As well as being a contributor to MSNBC and the Huffington Post, Ms. Clark also worked on a recent documentary film called “The Hunting Ground,” which highlights the lives of sexual assault survivors.  The documentary has been named one of the five game-changing documentaries of the year!  It debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and it will be in theaters on February 27.  You can view the film’s trailer at the following YouTube link.

The fellowship dinner is open only to paid registrants, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Sunday, February 15!  To register and purchase tickets, please visit the Eventbrite page supplied in the link.  For any questions about the event, please contact the WomenNC Events Committee at (919) 744-4778, or email them at registration@womennc.org.

New seminar available: Studying the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Sex Trafficking

Presented by Dr. Nicole Bryan, Director of CSR Initiatives with the Runaway & Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC), a new web seminar is available called “Studying the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Sex Trafficking.

Objectives in this webinar are to show:

  • Runaway and homeless youth agencies represent the front line, face real challenges, offer opportunities to build trust, are uniquely positioned to facilitate dialogue, have important ground-truth to contribute, possess varying capacities and knowledge sets, and require a seat at the table in resource planning, research and engagement.
  • The relationship between sex trafficking and technology is far from transparent.  Attention to detail and listening-to-understand is critical.   Sex trafficking is not new yet new forms of technology-facilitated exploitation are emerging.  Dynamic adaptation and inclusion are critical.
  • Youth-inclusive, evidence-based approaches, sensitive to nuance and agile enough to embrace different iterations, offer advantages over fear-based policy.  Holistic responses that address interdependencies, embrace well-being, are mindful of unintended consequences and the dangers of moral hazard and moral panic, offer prudent alternatives to zero-tolerance policy and zero-sum, one-size-fits-all thinking.

To access the pretest and webinar, please click on the following link: https://nationalsafeplace.ilinc.com/join/zvsbxfs.

First-ever scholarship program for trafficking survivors

(Link to original press release 11/5/14)

The Sabre Corporation, an international technology provider, has launched the first-ever educational scholarship fund for human trafficking survivors!  In its first year, the Passport to Freedom scholarship program will offer survivors up to $10,000 to help pay for vocational training and post-secondary education.

Sabre created its Passport to Freedom program in 2012 to create human trafficking awareness among its employees and the international travel and tourism industries.  The newly-created scholarship program will help make education more attainable for trafficking survivors, resulting in development of marketable skills and opportunities for secure gainful employment.

Sabre will offer up to five (5) one-time and renewable scholarships per year.  Scholarship applications will be accepted from January 5 through March 12, 2015.  Selection criteria and information on the scholarship program can be found at www.sabre.com/ptf/scholarships.

(Sabre® Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, such as passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, and flight, network and crew management.)

Safe Shelter Collaborative wins Partnership for Freedom Challenge

On April 30, the Safe Shelter Collaborative, a collaboration between Caravan Studios, Polaris Project, and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was named as a winner of the Partnership for Freedom’s Reimagine: Opportunity innovation challenge.  It is one of two winners chosen from more than 160 submissions from 260 applying organizations.

As a winner of the challenge, the Safe Shelter Collaborative will receive $1.17 million to dramatically increase access to appropriate, supportive shelters for survivors of human trafficking.  This project extends the ability of service providers and law enforcement to find shelter space for human trafficking survivors, and it also allows funding to place survivors securely and anonymously in hotels if no immediate shelter is available.  Furthermore, the project, piloted in New Jersey, will build partnerships and deliver training to organizations in order to expand services to survivors.

About the three collaborating organizations:  Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.  It operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), pushes for stronger federal and state laws, conducts trainings, and provides services to human trafficking victims.  Caravan Studios is the newest division of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization TechSoup Global.  Caravan Studios works with communities to develop tools that help them organize, access, and use local resources to address pressing problems.  The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF) partners with the state’s communities to ensure the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey’s children and families.  NJ DCF provides support and services to over 100,000 women, children, and families on a monthly basis.

Continuing the Fight for Justice this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day and throughout the year, the Campaign for Youth Justice will do all it can to ensure that youth who are currently incarcerated or returning home receive just that message. Our youth are worth more than the largest mistake they have ever made.

Mother’s Day is a day to commemorate the special women in our lives who have nurtured us and provided us with love and support.  Continuing the fight for youth justice reform is clear — we are inspired by mothers who stop at nothing to make sure their children are safe and loved, even after they have made mistakes.

The Campaign for Youth Justice welcomes any and all donations that will help continue to elevate the voices of families and youth.  Online donations can be made at www.campaignforyouthjustice.org/donate.html.

 

The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national campaign dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.