GEMS Training- May 2018

GEMS Training- May 2018

WRITTEN BY: Kari Carr

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend “Child Victims in the Commercial Sex Industry: Examining Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Domestic Sex Trafficking” – a training led by Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)  and hosted by the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) in Charlotte, N.C.

 

The  three-day, train-the-trainer event included seven modules conducted with a mixture of  seminar-styled lecture and plenty of activities to keep the audience engaged. The most rewarding of the activities was on day three, when attendees …

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Traffick Review- May 2018

Traffick Review- May 2018

Written By: Kari Carr

An admirable goal–to raise awareness about human trafficking. Unfortunately, the film Traffik falls short in that it perpetuates myths about human trafficking. So one can hope that it will at least be entertaining.

 

There are two main facts that the movie does state: human trafficking is modern slavery and that after drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world.

 

The rest is a horrific chase, cram packed with plenty of …

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Human Trafficking Awareness Walk

Written by: Kelly Gettle

Hey guys! Long time no blog! Hope everyone is having a great first few months in 2018. We are already ⅓ of the way done with this year – how can this be possible? It’s definitely been a busy couple of months – at least for me. One project that has kept me pretty busy throughout the course of this semester is the Human Trafficking Awareness Walk that I have been co-planning. I have been co-planning this walk with a former intern …

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State of the Child Conference 2018

Written by: Kelly Gettle

Hi guys! Happy March and happy Spring – even though North Carolina can’t make up her mind whether she wants it to be Spring or Winter! Just the other day it was snowing. Yes! Snowing in the middle of March! On a side note, can you believe we are already three months in to 2018? I have less than a month left in my internship – I have no idea where time has gone. It seems like just yesterday I was shaking …

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Webinars

Written by: Kelly Gettle

 

During my first two weeks I have watched three different webinars. A webinar is a seminar that you can watch and interact with on the internet. The first webinar that I watched was on January 9th. This webinar was out on by NCCASA. It was titled “Navigating the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act: History, Implementation, and Implications.” This first one was mostly about background information on human trafficking. The webinar discussed the Mann Act and how it related to human trafficking. It also …

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Meet the New Intern

Written by: Kelly Gettle

Hi guys! My name is Kelly Gettle and I am a second semester senior at East Carolina University studying social work! I am from Goldsboro, NC – roughly an hour South West of Greenville. This is my very first internship so I am really excited to start learning all things new! I chose the career path of social work because I am a firm believer that everyone was put on this Earth to make a difference! I believe that my way of …

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10 Podcasts to keep you up to Date on Human Trafficking

Written by: Abigail Domingo

More people are starting to dive into the world of podcasts, so here are ten podcasts to listen to on the way to work, at the beach, or in your kitchen. Stay updated and informed because awareness is the key to stopping the true crimes from happening.

Ending Human Trafficking Podcast         
By Sandra Morgan & Dave Stachowiak

This bi weekly podcast will challenge you to study the issues related to human trafficking, become an educated voice in understanding this global problem, and …

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Victims in Plain Sight

By: Abigail Domingo

 

For some trafficking victims there are times when they see a chance of freedom, hoping one question is asked: Do you need help?

Victims of human trafficking may have a small opening to receive help but are too afraid, in fear of retaliation from their captors. Often times they come in contact with transportation and medical personnel who are in unique positions to identify victims of human trafficking, and get them out of captivity. Here are a few professions where provding training can …

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Supply and Demand: Human Trafficking

Supply and Demand: Human Trafficking

By: Abigail Domingo

As of 2017, an estimated 21 million people are victims of human trafficking. This criminal industry is built on the pain and suffering of victims, where traffickers and buyers reap the benefits. This isn’t 1854; it’s 2017 and humans are seen as nothing but a commodity– this is modern day slavery. The solution seems simple– find the perpetrators and set them behind bars, but the root of the problem is more complex than one solution. The supply and demand for human trafficking break …

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Protecting Human Trafficking Victims; Who Can We Really Trust?

Protecting Human Trafficking Victims; Who Can We Really Trust?

By: Sydni Dobson

According to the humantraffickinghotline.org, since 2007 there have been close to 35,000 cases of human trafficking reported in the United States.  In 2016, almost 8,000 cases were reported of human trafficking. These are only cases reported; this does not include the victims that are still trying to find a way out. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the entities responsible for investigating human trafficking cases, arresting traffickers and protecting potential victims and survivors.

Most public servants work hard …

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