Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support

bulletIn-Person Training, Duluth, MN

bulletThursday, June 6, 2019

bullet12:00 pm to 3:30 pm Central Time

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$70 for non-YIPA members

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Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are crimes that devastate lives. Youth are often targeted by sex and labor traffickers because they are more vulnerable and less likely than adults to know where to turn for help. The demand is high and although most people don’t realize it, trafficking can happen anywhere. Many youth workers aren’t fully informed and may not recognize the impact trafficking has on youth.

The key to preventing human trafficking and sexual exploitation takes a combination of awareness, advocacy, prevention strategies, and supportive services. You’ll start by gaining an understanding of the Minnesota Safe Harbor Law and available resources. You’ll develop an ability to recognize red flags of youth who are at-risk or who may be experiencing exploitation. With this knowledge you can better support the youth you serve.

Join us to learn about human trafficking and resources such as the Safe Harbor system of care. You’ll learn the characteristics of at-risk youth, the tactics of traffickers, and the core elements of providing trauma-informed and victim-centered support. Through case scenarios and interactive role play, you’ll consider barriers you may face in supporting youth and how we can all work together to protect survivors and advocate for change.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Define human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation
  • Recognize the characteristics (red flags) of youth who are at-risk for or currently experiencing sexual exploitation
  • Examine stereotypes and grooming tactics of traffickers/exploiters
  • Understand the Minnesota Safe Harbor Law and supportive services available for youth
  • Know the components of trauma-informed and victim-centered advocacy and prevention

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Your Trainers

Mel Alvar is the Northeast Safe Harbor Regional Navigator at PAVSA in Duluth. She provides training and technical assistance for professionals to assist with capacity building, protocol development, and awareness of Human Trafficking in seven northeastern Minnesota counties. Additionally, she helps lead prevention and intervention efforts for at-risk youth. Previous to her role as Regional Navigator, she was a Safe Harbor Youth Advocate, working diligently to advocate, educate, and promote trauma-informed care for at-risk youth and survivors of sexual violence.

Mel received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education/Sexualities and Gender Studies from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her youth advocacy work started in 2003 with Teen Council at Planned Parenthood of Duluth. Youth Advocacy is her heart’s work-she is extremely passionate about working with survivors, especially youth, and is dedicated to ending violence in her community.

Kaitlyn Beise is the Safe Harbor and Diversion Program Coordinator at North Homes Children and Family Services, where she provides training and case consultation to professionals to assist with awareness of Human Trafficking. Kaitlyn provides supportive mental health services for youth who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking. She also coordinates the Diversion programming for Cloquet Alternative Education School. This program works collaboratively with the school’s restorative practice setting to implement free outreach mental health services to at-risk youth.

Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She has experience working within inpatient and community settings, and has extensive knowledge working with victims of domestic and sexual violence. Kaitlyn recently completed a training that equipped her to train facilitators to certify and implement Not a Number Programming, a prevention education curriculum on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: THE FIELD OF YOUTH INTERVENTION.

Trainings presented in this focus area will expand your professional acumen to understand the reach and importance of your role, serve as an effective advocate for youth, and pursue ongoing professional development.

Details

  • In-Person Training, Duluth, MN
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm Central Time
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $70 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
  • This training will count as 3.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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