Child Sex Trafficking - Archived Webinars

Human Trafficking Updates from the 87th Legislative Session

Presented on July 15, 2021
Todd Latiolais, Prevention & Policy Administrator with the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, provides an overview of new legislation impacting the issue of human trafficking.

Business Doing Good - Engaging Businesses to Hire and Empower Survivors

Presented on June 10, 2021
Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller present on an evidence-based economic empowerment model based on six principles. This model is already gaining the attention of organizations and corporations, leading to partnerships that create employment opportunities with good wages and benefits for women overcomers.

What Are We Learning from Research About the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY) 

Presented on May 13, 2021
Child Sex Trafficking Team’s (CSTT) Director, Andrea Sparks, and North Texas Regional Administrator, Tomi Grover, present on how research informs our strategies to prevent and recognize the commercial sexual exploitation of youth, effectively recover victims and support their healing, and bring justice to their exploiters. For the past 2 years, CSTT has been curating relevant research from peer-reviewed journals, and providing helpful summaries of, and links to those full research reports on its website. CSTT also funds research on child sex trafficking and evaluations of innovative anti-trafficking programs and encourages collaboration by scholars in the field to amplify research efforts. This webinar will provide an overview of CSTT’s efforts re: research and what we are learning so far.

Rebecca Bender Moved to Texas!

Presented on February 11, 2021
Rebecca Bender is CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative and Founder of Elevate Academy. Rebecca is a leader, advocate and consultant who equips individuals and organizations to identify and fight human trafficking in their own backyards. She was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regularly testifies as an expert witness in court, and has trained over 100,000 professionals, including FBI. The Rebecca Bender Initiative is committed to changing the way Americans see and respond to human trafficking in their communities and empowering the survivors.

Disrupting the Demand for Commercial Sex in Texas – Progress and Lessons Learned So Far

Presented on January 14, 2021
Jamey Caruthers, the leader of the CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Texas team and CHILDREN AT RISK Senior Staff attorney, shares what we’ve learned over the past year of CEASE work including new data on regional buyer disruptions and ad tracking during COVID, as well as a look at what the next year holds for anti-demand. Buyer trends are changing and our tactics are changing as well. Learn more about our new approach to interacting with buyers, our next CEASE expansion cities, and how we are working to ensure maximum sustainability for all CEASE programs.

Rethinking Representation: Reframing Human Trafficking for Responsible Outreach & Awareness Efforts

Presented on December 10, 2020
Leanne McCallum, Strategic Projects Manager, Louisiana Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Former Task Force Coordinator for the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, will help your organization accurately and ethically portray the realities of human trafficking in messages, language, images, and interactions with survivors.

Trauma-Informed Recipe for Emergency and Long-Term Residential Services—the Secret Ingredient that You Didn’t Know You Already Have

Presented on October 8, 2020
Tara Roussett, CEO of SJRC, discusses her agency's emergency and long-term residential programs for pregnant and parenting CSEY, lessons learned so far, and how their simple yet profound approach works.

Healthy v. Harmful Dance for Children

Presented on September 10, 2020
Mary Bawden, Founder & CEO of Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited (DA:NCE), will share information from experts on the effects of sexualized dance, including sexual exploitation, on young children and teens and what we can do to help curb this practice.

The Attorney General of Texas’ Role in Investigating and Prosecuting Human Trafficking

Presented on August 13, 2020
Cara Pierce and her team from the Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section (HTTOC) discusses lessons learned in her career prosecuting trafficking and her team’s strategy to increase prosecuting in Texas.

Legal Representation for CSEY and Former Foster Youth

Presented on July 9, 2020
Mary Christine Reed with the Texas Rural Legal Aide’s Foster Youth Justice Project discusses legal services available to youth who have aged out of the foster care system and other vulnerable youth, including sexually exploited youth.

No Buyers No Business - CEASE Texas

Presented on June 11, 2020
Jamey Carthuers with CHILDREN AT RISK discusses the basics of CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Texas and how it operates, a “sex market landscape” for each of the CEASE regions, and explore how the attitudes and actions of both exploited individuals and sex buyers are changing in the face of COVID-19.

Familial Trafficking Investigations

Presented on March 12, 2020
Sergeant Jason Lundquist with the Waco Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit discusses The State vs. Trey Allan Cartwright case and lessons learned from a complex trafficking investigation.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s Strategies and Partnership Opportunities

Presented on February 13, 2020
Members of TABC discuss their role in combatting human trafficking by identifying criminal activity in TABC-licensed establishments and shutting them down. The 86th Legislative Session amended the Alcoholic Beverage Code to make combatting human trafficking and related practices, TABC’s #1 priority.

Project 180 – A Pilot Project to Divert Exploited Persons from Prostitution Prosecutions and to Identify and Prosecute Traffickers

Presented on December 12, 2019
Johna Stallings with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office discusses insights learned from Project 180 in its first 18 months, including 1) Are people arrested for prostitution (selling) responding positively to the diversion program and accessing help to get out of “the life”? 2) What is the impact of shifting resources from prostitution cases to prosecuting traffickers? And 3) Based on what we’ve learned so far, what tweaks should be made to the pilot in the next 18 months to improve.

Ending Child Exploitation in Texas: Progress, Hope and What We've Learned So Far

Presented on November 14, 2019
Andrea Sparks, Director of the Child Sex Trafficking Team, discusses the progress made and lessons learned from the first 3 years of operation in addressing the sexual exploitation of child and youth.

Human Trafficking Legislative Updates

Presented on October 3, 2019
Todd Latiolais with the Office of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team discusses information about laws passed during the 86th Legislative Session, which impact the issue of human trafficking.

University of Texas Study Webinar

Presented on April 4, 2019
This recording provides a briefing of research released by the University of Texas in March 2019. The study explores the life experiences of survivors of child sex trafficking.

Gang Trafficking of Youth – Identification and Interdiction

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Sexual Exploitation of Boys: How to Prevent, Recognize and Prosecute It and Provide the Services Survivors Need

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Texas Department of Public Safety’s New Standard Operating Procedures for Human Trafficking Investigations

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Trauma-informed Interviews of Sex Trafficking Survivors

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