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Integrating Human Trafficking with Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) for K-12 Schools
- Jenee Littrell of California’s Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD);
- Eve Birge and Madeline Sullivan of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students; and
- Akshay Jakatdar of the REMS TA Center. Ms. Littrell is the Assistant Principal at Chaparral High School in San Diego, CA.
On Wednesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), along with its Readiness and Emergency Management (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, hosted a webinar on integrating human trafficking with school emergency operations plans (EOPs).
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as many as 100,000 to 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked each year. Child trafficking involves exploiting a young person for the purpose of forced labor, commercial sex, or both. Few crimes are more challenging for schools and communities to recognize and address. For school personnel and administrators, the reality of these crimes and the severity of their impact are cause for a call to action.
Presenters from ED provided an overview of how to develop high-quality EOPs that can assist in preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and helping children recover from human trafficking–related crimes. Ms. Littrell discussed how district and school emergency managers can work with their community partners (e.g., law enforcement, mental health, child welfare, and victim services providers) to integrate responses to this threat within their EOP efforts.
This 45-minute webinar included a live PowerPoint presentation, as well as a Question and Answer session and live Web chatfollowing the presentation.