Responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in a Small City or Rural Area (RHYCONF2020)
About this training
For 15 years, Covenant House Alaska has been a leader in the state of Alaska in identifying and serving runaway and homeless youth (RHY) victims/survivors of human trafficking and creating a systemic response to the commercial sexual exploitation of these youth. There are only 750,000 people living in the whole state of Alaska, and nearly half of those people live in Anchorage. Even with so few people, sex trafficking is a major issue impacting youth, including RHY. This workshop will discuss the systemic response implemented in Anchorage to address this issue with vulnerable youth who grew up in small urban areas, rural areas from across the state, and who are disproportionately indigenous young people.
- Participants will gain practical knowledge on how to create and leverage partnerships to create a systemic response to the commercial sexual exploitation of RHY.
- Participants will learn how to overcome the challenges of serving RHY survivors of commercial sexual exploitation from rural areas in an urban one.
- Participants will share practical examples of creating resilience and empowerment of indigenous RHY survivors through culture-specific programming.
- Josh Louwerse, Senior Program Officer, Covenant House Alaska
- Tafi Toleafoa, Housing Coordinator, Covenant House Alaska
This training includes:
- Presentation Slides