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 discussed the difference between a T-Visa (A Nonimmigrant eligibility for an individual who has experienced trafficking)  and a U-Visa (A Nonimmigrant eligibility for an individual who has suffered physical or mental abuse because of criminal activity.) Near the end of the seminar they discussed TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection act) and TVPRA (Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization act). These acts were the first two “new protections to trafficking victims and makes available certain benefits and services to victims of severe forms of trafficking once they become certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.” (fightslaverynow.org) Overall this webinar had some really good information. However, because of the technical difficulties they faced and the way they presented the information, it didn’t really work for me.

The second webinar that I watched was on January 16th. I found this webinar very interesting. The title of this webinar was “Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking in a Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Agency.” (This webinar was also put on by NCCASA.) The woman who was presenting the webinar had an upbeat tone of voice and she presented information new to me.  This webinar was full of new information (for me at least). Some interesting facts that I learned about were the power/control wheel. Basically what this wheel represents is how the abuser/trafficker uses different forms of power on the victim. Also, if the individual is a part of the LGBT community they have a completely different power/control wheel. I thought that this was really odd and yet it made sense. I learned a lot of new human trafficking terms. For example, reckless eyeballing. This term means that the individual is not allowed to look another man/pimp in their eyes. If they do that individual now ‘belongs’ to that new pimp. I learned these things and so much more. If I had to choose I think this was my favorite webinar out of the three.

The third webinar that I watched was on January 17th. This webinar was put on by the Administration for Children and Families. The title of this webinar was “Responding to Foreign Minor Victims of Trafficking.” This webinar was different from the past two. 1) It was a different organization putting on the webinar and 2) there was a chat box on the right hand of the screen. In this chat box every individual who was watching the webinar could interact and ask each other questions as the webinar went along. There were people from all areas of the U.S. watching this webinar so that was pretty cool, too. As I watch more and more webinars a lot of this information becomes recognizable. I feel like I have learned a ton of information from all three of the webinars.

If you are interested in watching upcoming webinars here are some links:


Stick around – I’ll be back soon with another update on how I am managing this semester!

Kelly Gettle

‘ Be the Change’


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