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Webinar 1: Human Trafficking: A Rural Perspective May 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 03:00
Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series 2018

Description: Human Trafficking is often referred to as modern-day slavery realizing horrific impact on children, youth and their families both globally and nationally. The realities of this issue are challenging for all communities to recognize and address throughout the nation. Rural communities have particular challenges regarding human trafficking. These challenges come as a result of factors such as the isolated, geography and transportation routes that facilitate human trafficking and allow it to go unnoticed. This isolation further challenges opportunities for prevention and intervention services. The lack of economic opportunities in many rural areas also make individuals more vulnerable to trafficking.

Through a public health approach, child-serving systems in rural communities can address human trafficking to both prevent the crime and to facilitate the identification, assessment, evaluation and delivery of services for children, youth and their families who are victims of human trafficking. In particular, schools have an important role to play in preventing and responding to the human trafficking of children. This webinar will provide information and resources to assist school districts in developing policies, procedures, evidence-based prevention programs and practices as well as focused services for those who are victims or at risk of being trafficked.

Participants in this webinar will learn about:

  • Data on the prevalence of the human trafficking of children in rural communities and schools;
  • The risk factors and indicators of the human trafficking of children, particularly in the context of schools; and,
  • Evidenced-based and promising prevention and intervention programs and practices that use a public health approach and can be implemented in school and communities.


  • Karen Gentile, LCSW-C, Esq., Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), SAMHSA.
  • Eve Birge, Education Program Specialist, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, U.S. Dept. of Education.
  • Carrie Freshour, LCSW-C, Chief Operating Officer, Araminta Freedom Initiative.
  • Kevin Lavine, MA., Prof. School of Criminal Justice, Jackson State University.


Karen B. Francis, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Resources from the 2018 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series Webinar 1: Human Trafficking: A Rural Perspective aired on May 24, 2018


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