Skagit County Coalition Against Trafficking - Human Trafficking News

Hello   Please Donate -   Hi
Skagit County Coalition Against Trafficking

If you would like to donate, please send your donation to Washington Engage, PO Box 4101, Olympia, WA 98501 and let them know that the donation is for Skagit County Coalition Against Trafficking specifically.
Timothy Sullivan | 02 July 2017 19:17
Hello   SKCAT's petition to our Congressional Leaders   Hi
Please sign SKCAT's petition to the Congressional Leaders to close a loophole that allows companies like back page to publish ads for underage to be sold online for sex.

copy & paste this link to access the petition...

https://www.change.org/p/rand-paul-urge-congress-to-close-loop-hole-in-law-that-allows-kids-to-be-sold-online-for-sex
Timothy Sullivan | 02 July 2017 19:14
Hello   Join us this Month   Hi
We meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at Skagit Valley's Farmhouse Restaurant.

Copy and Paste this link for directions...
http://thefarmhouserestaurant.net/home/2670744
Timothy Sullivan | 27 January 2017 00:03
Hello   SOAR   Hi
Here is the latest from SOAR -

SOAR

Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond (SOAR) Human Trafficking Training

Many victims of human trafficking come into contact with health care and social service professionals and remain unidentified. Potential victims can present with a wide-range of physical and psychological health issues and social service needs. The SOAR training aims to educate health care and social service professionals how to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to potential victims of human trafficking.


What is the history of the SOAR training?

The SOAR training was originally designed in 2014 by the HHS Administration for Children & Families (ACF) and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) as a pilot training for health care providers. It was tested by partnering with hospitals and community clinics in Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Oakland, and Williston and New Town, North Dakota with the goal of increasing provider awareness and identification of potential victims of human trafficking. Two SOAR Technical Working Groups and several regional work groups comprised of human trafficking survivors and other experts helped develop the SOAR content.

Who should take the SOAR training?

Anyone interested in learning more about how to recognize and respond to human trafficking in a health care or social services setting is encouraged to enroll in SOAR. In particular, training content will be available for the following specific audiences:

Health care providers (e.g., physicians, dentists, nurses)
Social workers (e.g., school-based social workers)
Public health professionals (e.g., health department staff)
Behavioral health professionals (e.g., mental health/substance use counselors)

What will I learn in the SOAR training?

You will learn how to:

Stop - Become aware of the scope of human trafficking
Observe - Recognize the verbal and non-verbal indicators of human trafficking
Ask - Identify and interact with a potential human trafficking victim using a victim-centered approach
Respond - Respond effectively to a potential human trafficking victim

Will the SOAR training be available online?

Yes, you will have the option to take the SOAR training through an online virtual classroom. These training sessions use the same content as the in-person SOAR training, and will be conducted in real-time by a SOAR trainer.

When will the SOAR training be available and how do I enroll?

In-person and virtual training will be available starting August 2016. Watch for specific instructions once the course is open for enrollment.

Will the SOAR training be available in a self-paced format?

No, you must attend a scheduled training session. However, the course materials will be available for you to download and reference any time after you have completed the training.

How long does the training take?

The SOAR training is a three-hour course.

Can I receive continuing education (CE) or continuing medical education (CME) credit for completing the SOAR training?

We anticipate offering CE and CME credit.

Join now and help eradicate this injustice!
Timothy Sullivan | 21 June 2016 19:00
Hello   SKCAT.ORG   Hi
The mission of the Skagit County Coalition Against Trafficking is to expand awareness, education, and the prevention of human trafficking in Skagit County.
3/8/2016 @ 8:30 A.M. - Swinomish Casino & Lodge Conference Center, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221
Human Trafficking is the exploitation by force, fraud, or coercion of vulnerable people for forced labor, domestic servitude, or commercial sex operations.

Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating 32 billion dollars annually.

Sex Trafficking of Skagit County's children is a reality. Victims being forced into the commercial sex trafficking trade are on average age 13.

​Trafficking does not discriminate. It exploits.

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Where do traffickers recruit victims?

Internet and social networking sites
Outside of schools and juvenile detention centers
Bus and train stations, malls and shopping areas
Outside of youth centers, community centers, or where youths are known to congregate
Parties, clubs, bars, friend's and relative's houses
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How do traffickers groom their potential victims?

Traffickers master the manipulation methods necessary to lure children into sexual exploitation
Buying expensive gifts, clothing, or other costly items
Expressing sentiments of love
Promising to make their career dreams come true in modeling, singing, acting, and other entertainment careers

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Clues that may help you identify a possible trafficking victim:

Have bruises, depression, or fear; appear malnourished, or are branded with a tattoo, i.e. a bar code or numbered tattoo
Have few personal possessions and wear the same clothes regardless of weather or circumstances
Lack control over personal schedule, money, I.D., travel documents
Transported to and from work; lives and works in same place
Debt owed to employer/crew leader; inability to leave job

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Social networking sites can be extremely dangerous.
The commercial sex industry has moved from street corners and back alleys to computer screens and smart phones via the internet.

By using email, online chat rooms, instant messaging services and web sites such as Backpage, Eros, and Craigslist, traffickers can connect quickly and anonymously to buyers.

The FBI estimates that 50,000 child predators are online at any given time searching for a potential victim.


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YOU can make a difference.
We all have a role to play in identifying, protecting, serving, and defending these victims.

RECOGNIZE the signs of someone being trafficked and take action by calling the Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline at 1.888.373.7888
SUPPORT law enforcement training
SUPPORT laws that call for the arrests and prosecution of both pimps and buyers, and make sure that no child is ever charged with prostitution.
SUPPORT community programs that expand awareness of human trafficking and empower individuals to take action.
SUPPORT education in our schools to make our children aware of the danger of trafficking.
VOLUNTEER - Donate your time and talents as a SKCAT coalition member, or give financially.

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https://www.facebook.com/Skagit-County-Coalition-Against-Trafficking-160106877390864/
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Timothy Sullivan | 15 February 2016 17:46
Hello   Next meeting of SKCAT   Hi
The Skagit County Coalition Against Trafficking - http://www.skcat.org/
Our Next General meeting of SKCAT will be
at the Farmhouse Restaurant -
13724 La Conner Whitney Rd,
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
On the 23rd of March, 2016 at 6:30 P.M..
Come early and order dinner.
Timothy Sullivan | 15 February 2016 17:44
Hello   Next Skagit County CAT Meeting   Hi
The Skagit County Coalition Against Trafficking - http://www.skcat.org/
Our Next General meeting of SKCAT will be
at the Farmhouse Restaurant -
13724 La Conner Whitney Rd,
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
On the 4th Wednesday of September.
Come early and order dinner.
Timothy Sullivan | 26 July 2015 18:32
Hello   Child Trafficking    Hi
Child Trafficking and the Child Welfare System

Every year, children are compelled into labor and sex trafficking in the United States. Children may be trafficked by caregivers, intimate partners, or others who use violence, threats, debt bondage and other manipulative tactics to victimize children. Without proper intervention, the trauma of human trafficking can have a profound impact on children and their long-term developmental success. It is imperative that child welfare professionals learn best practices to effectively serve trafficked children involved with the child welfare system.
The below statistics are from January to December 2014. The data is based on information received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline and Polaris’s BeFree Textline that specifically reference child trafficking in the United States. The data is not intended to represent the full scope of human trafficking, but to help identify trends.

KEY FACTS – runaways in 2014 were likely sex trafficking victims. 68% of these likely victims were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
(National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
1 in 6 - allegations of human trafficking in Florida’s child welfare system were made in 2014, involving 775 victims. This figure is up from 480 allegations in 2011.
(Florida Department of Children and Families)
978 - victims of sex trafficking were identified in Connecticut in 2014. 98% of these victims were involved with the child welfare system in some manner.
(Connecticut Department of Children and Families)
130 - of Child Advocacy Centers in the Midwest region have served Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) victims. However, only 13% had policies and procedures in place specific to CSEC needs and 91% of respondents reported having no funding for CSEC victims.
(Midwest Regional Child Advocacy Center)
74% - of Child Advocacy Centers in the Midwest region have served Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) victims. However, only 13% had policies and procedures in place specific to CSEC needs and 91% of respondents reported having no funding for CSEC victims.
(Midwest Regional Child Advocacy Center)
RECOMMENDATIONS
Note: All recommendations should be inclusive of sex and labor trafficking.
1.Implement mandatory training for all child welfare personnel on human trafficking.
2.Establish a mandatory human trafficking screening process through the integration of trafficking into existing screenings or the development of unique screening tools.
3.Designate human trafficking specialists within each service unit to consult on case management, policies, and procedures.
4.Partner with anti-trafficking professionals and evaluate contract service providers based on their ability to provide culturally-sensitive services to child trafficking survivors.
5.Identify appropriate, specialized housing placements for trafficked youth in kinship care, foster care, or congregate settings with trained, trauma-informed caregivers.

TRAFFICKING INDICATORS
SEX TRAFFICKING
• Is under the age of 18 and engaged in commercial sex, regardless of force, fraud, or coercion
• Feels they must provide commercial sex in exchange for money, housing or other necessities
• Frequently stays at or is seen at hotels/motels
• Has tattoos or markings indicating the ownership or control by another individual
• Photos of the youth have been placed online for advertising purposes

LABOR TRAFFICKING
• References employment scams or physical/sexual/psychological abuse by employers
• Works unusually long hours or works instead of attending school
• Was required to pay a recruitment fee for his/her job
• Is not paid or paid very little

SEX AND LABOR TRAFFICKING
• Demonstrates mental health concerns such as self-destructive behavior, exhaustion, depression, or PTSD
• Suffers from untreated medical issues such as STDs, occupational injuries, or exposure
• Physical or sexual abuse, neglect, malnourishment, or poor hygiene
• Has frequent absences/truancy or is not allowed to enroll in school
• Has a history of running from care; record of arrests related to commercial sex, gang activity, or other status offenses
• Lives with “parents” that are not biological or legal guardians
• Pays family for rent/basic needs or is relegated to isolated, inadequate living quarters
• Has received threats of harm to self/friends/family, deportation, or reports to law enforcement
• Provides scripted responses or is hesitant to speak on own behalf
• Has a debt they cannot pay off

PLEASE JOIN US AND HELP FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING – IT’S ALL AROUND US, IN OUR CITIES, TOWNS, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, AND OUR COMMUNITIES.
It could be your neighbors who are promoting this simply by their participation is what the say is the oldest profession in the world…
Timothy Sullivan | 25 June 2015 15:44
Hello   Next Skagit County CAT Meeting   Hi
Next Skagit County CAT Meeting will be Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30pm at the Farmhouse Restaurant and Catering in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Come support our effort to create a local unified voice to end human trafficking. To help a victim of trafficking - For more information, Please call (888) 373-7888.
Please address your questions to info@skcat.org
Their web address is: http://www.skcat.org/
Thank you in advance for your help and support!
Timothy Sullivan | 30 May 2015 14:32
Hello   SKCAT Meeting TONIGHT   Hi
Just a quick reminder that the SKCAT Meeting will be this evening from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at:
Farmhouse Restaurant
13724 La Conner Whitney Rd, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

come in and have dinner/desert while attending the meeting...Win Win Win
Timothy Sullivan | 27 May 2015 19:04
Hello   SKCAT on Facebook   Hi
Visit and Follow SKCAT on FACEBOOK.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skagit-County-Coalition-Against-Trafficking/160106877390864
Timothy Sullivan | 25 May 2015 22:58
Hello   SKCAT Meeting   Hi
Skagit County Coalition Against Trafficking.

Vision: Strong communities in Skagit County with zero tolerance for human trafficking.

Mission: Create partnerships to empower our communities to recognize, educate, prevent and eliminate human trafficking.

SKCAT Meetings -
When: 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:30 P.M.
Where: The Farmhouse Restaurant
13724 LaConner - Whitney Road, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Contact: SKCAT@waengage.com
Timothy Sullivan | 25 May 2015 22:56
Hello   Adding Human Trafficking News   Hi
I am adding a new News Feed on our site for all of our friends at the Skagit County Coalition Against Trafficking. Here they, you and anyone else that knows of recent happenings here in Skagit County, can update and add the news feed here for all of us to be current with our local events. Please help as much as possible since this is an ever growing problem right here in our own backyard...
Thank you all
Timothy Sullivan | 25 May 2015 21:52


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