In this issue:
- What we achieved in 2021
- Looking Forward to 2022
- Holiday Recipe
WE SURVIVED 2021!
2021 has been a challenging year for many of us, professionally and personally. As we round up the year, we want to take this time let you all know we appreciate your continued hard work and dedication to survivors and the movement. We see you and we will continue to stand with you. We also recognize that the Holiday season can be difficult for many. Please take time to nurture your wellbeing and stay safe.
What We Achieved in 2021
- Labor Trafficking ½ Day Conference: To recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we held a half-day conference on the topic of labor trafficking.
- CORE 40: During this year, we had our spring and fall CORE 40 sessions. This training provided advocates with essential knowledge. They offered the necessary “core” to provide competent and effective sexual assault services to meet the specialized need of victims impacted by sexual violence.
- November Mini-Conference: In November, we had our Moving Forward Mini-Conference Series. This conference was focused on viewing justice through a restorative lens, featuring 4 speakers. During this conference, we aimed to provide a conversation that shifts to harm reduction, promoting restorative justice.
- Masculinity Doesn’t Make a Man: In April, to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we provided a Zoom roundtable on the importance of engaging men as allies.
- LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Service Providers: In June, we provided training on LGBTQ+ inclusion.
- Racial Justice in 2021: How Are We Moving from Allies to Accomplices?: To recognize Juneteenth, we provided training on anti-racism.
- Black America: Race, Leadership, and Equality: To recognize Juneteenth, we provided a panel highlighting the Black experience within leadership.
- Podcast: This year, we started a podcast called “Unfiltered: Real People Real Conversations.” In this podcast, we sit down with survivors, stakeholders, and community members and have unscripted conversations about their lives, their work, and what’s happening in their communities.
- Step In Indiana: Step In stands for Stop. Think. Engage. Prevent. Indiana. We created the Step In a program with the goal of empowering all Hoosiers to use their voice and change a culture that normalizes sexual violence.
- Membership Program: This year, we unveiled our coalition membership program. Members allow us to continue supporting survivors by working to increase services, strengthen collaborations, and expand prevention strategies throughout Indiana.
- We advocated for policy at the statehouse.
- We did a second series of training with Rape Crisis Centers.
- We did training with IPATH Taskforce Adult Victim Services Committee Members.
- We created a virtual library of training and tools created by the IPATH Taskforce committees and working groups.
- We collaborated with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Department of Child Services, and SARTs to create multi-disciplinary team protocols.
- We added the role of Anti-Trafficking Special Projects Coordinator.
- We worked with multi-disciplinary stakeholders across the state over the summer to develop MDT human trafficking response protocols for SARTs.
- We implemented IPATH Taskforce What Would I Do Curriculum in schools. What Would I Do is a research-driven, interactive primary prevention presentation based on healthy relationships.
- Burton had Speak Up Speak Out sessions with IUPUI male student-athletes.
- Burton worked with Kiwanis international through Builders Club. Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide.
- We partnered with the SAFE Bar Network. The SAFE Bar Network partners with bars and other alcohol-serving venues and harnesses the power of their teams to create a workplace culture focused on giving everyone a safe night out.
- We added new SARTs throughout the state, such as LaGrange County SART, Floyd County SART, Jennings County SART, and Pulaski County SART.
- We partnered with the Department of Child Services, the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program, Indiana Attorney General’s Office, Indiana
- State Police, and Albion Fellows Rape Crisis Center to host a multidisciplinary training for Vanderburgh County SART on responding to human trafficking.
- We rolled out the human trafficking SART protocol.
- We started core statewide SART meetings. ICESAHT began core member meetings so core members can meet and discuss core-specific information, questions, concerns, and successes.
- We held our second installment of the human trafficking series, Shelter Considerations: An Intersectional Approach to Building the Capacity of Parallel Movements to Serve Adult Survivors of Sex Trafficking. This three-hour workshop explores the unique strengths and needs of human trafficking survivors entering a shelter, harm reduction and safety planning, building trust and rapport with complex trauma survivors, and preparing for dialogue about trafficking in your shelter and community.
- We did advocacy training on the needs of boys and men.
Looking Forward to 2022
In 2022, we will begin the year by recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Here is our schedule of events planned for the month of January.
January 6th (11 am-1 pm)
Training Title: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Anti-Trafficking Policy Formation in Indiana and Beyond
Trainer: Kate Kimmer, MPA
This training addresses the following questions through policy analysis and case studies:
- How does the policy process work?
- What influences policymakers?
- What anti-trafficking laws exist in Indiana and federally?
- What are the top policy priorities in the anti-trafficking movement and why?
- What do ‘report cards’ and ‘grades’ really mean from organizations like Polaris Project, Shared Hope International, or other national stakeholders?
- What are ‘unintended policy consequences’ and how do they impact survivors?
- What are some evidence-based, ‘best practices’ established by anti-trafficking policies?
January 13th (11am-1pm)
Training Title: A Peace Fellow’s Perspective: Applying Critical Peace Theory and Transformative Justice Approaches to Anti-Trafficking Initiatives in Indiana and Beyond
Trainer: Kate Kimer, MPA
- Define Critical Peace Theory and Galtung’s Taxonomy of Violence
- Define and explore the concepts of ‘violence,’ ‘trauma,’ and ‘successful anti-violence work’
- Explore how violence and trauma impact professionals in the field and survivors of complex trauma seeking safety
- Discuss the origins and purpose of transformative justice
- Utilize case studies and spoken word to apply the lens of critical peace theory and transformative justice to analyze current trends in human trafficking in Indiana and beyond
- Discuss opportunities for growth and capacity building in the anti-trafficking movement in Indiana and beyond
Training Title: Pipelines to Success: Creating Exit Ramps for Incarcerated Survivors of Sex Trafficking
Trainer: Amie Rainfish
Description: How can we work collaboratively to move past disrupting cycles of violence to transforming them completely? This workshop builds on the principles of an intersectional approach to anti-trafficking efforts and encourages attendees to think beyond human trafficking statutes, individual harm paradigms, and victim identification. It highlights practical tools, key stakeholders, and collaborative efforts that offer real exit strategies for survivors of sex trafficking who have engaged the criminal justice system as defendants.
Whether or not you have already identified these root causes in the behaviors and mental health diagnoses in the folks on your caseload, by the end of the training, you will feel equipped with a new framework and lens to practically identify and build on the strengths of individuals experiencing or responsible for harm, and how to move towards transforming intergenerational cycles of violence across Hoosier communities.
In this workshop we will:
- Discuss the new statewide project working towards sex trafficking victim identification in DOC/CC. CAP
- Review practical tools (e.g., screening and referral tools) for survivors of sex trafficking in DOC/CC. Protocols
- Define and explore trauma, PTSD, brain development, complex trauma, and trafficking culture(s);
- Utilize case studies to discuss rapport-building tips for complex trauma survivors.
- Utilize case studies to discuss and apply the Stages of Change to survivors of complex trauma on your caseload; and
- Learn how you can get connected to a diverse network of anti-trafficking stakeholders.
January 27th: IPATH Labor Trafficking Committee Conference
9:30-10:35 am: Law Enforcement Panel
- Panelists: Benjamin Moyars & Soo Shin
- Description: Remedies and Best Practices for both foreign national and domestic survivors. Discussion surrounding collaborative approach on a multidisciplinary team with law enforcement.
10:45-12:15pm: Forced Criminality
- Panelists: Kate Kimmer and Rachel Roman Lagunas
- Description: This session will examine the federal definition of forced labor. We will highlight the micro and mezzo factors that put youth at risk of experiencing sex and labor trafficking and the similarities within the traumas experienced across trafficking types. We will define and explore the federal reasonable person standard in contexts where youth across Indiana are compelled (through force, the threat of force, fraud, or coercion) to engage in alternative entrepreneurial endeavors by local gangs, violent cliques, or their own families. We will discuss how facing charges in delinquency court often compounds their trauma and the circumstances that initially drove their desperation (protection, money for basic needs, reputation, etc). Through case studies, this training explores survivor-centered best practices for working with these children and understanding the “serious harm” they may encounter that forces them into delinquent behavior. Working with families will result in a more collaborative rehabilitative approach that does not simply blame the child, who by law is a victim of forced labor. We will explore alternatives to detention for these children and the available resources in the community.
12:45-2:00 pm: Remedies and Best Practices for Domestic Survivors
- Panelists: Miranda Nehrig, Sarah Daniels, Heather Maravilla, and Kate Melnick
- Description: Overview of barriers inherent to domestic survivors and a clear focus of the intersectionalities of domestic labor trafficking and other victimizations/risk factors. Discussion of civil vacatur, restitution, and other legal remedies for domestic survivors
2:15-3:00 pm: Remedies and Best Practices for Foreign National Survivors
- Panelists: Kwami Adoboe-Herrera, Marios Fellouka, Katey Humphries, Graham Melendez
- Description: Overview of barriers inherent to foreign-born survivors of LT, an overview of immigration options like T Visa and Continued Presence, discussion re ongoing vulnerabilities for this survivor population, and best practices for preventative and reactive measures.
January 5, 12, 19, 26: What Would I Do Livestreams
- Trainer: Darcy Wade
- January 5th, 11 am-11:45 am: Intro to curriculum, “Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships Spectrum” activity
- January 12th, 11am-11:45 am: “Choose a Side” and “Scenarios” activities/discussion
- January 19th, 11 am-11:45 am: “Labeling” and “Ads” activities/discussion
- January 26th, 11 am-11:45 am: “Bringing It All Together” and wrap up
Here is a fun recipe to help you get in the holiday spirit.