Preventing Child Sex Trafficking Through Statewide Coordinated Efforts: The Minnesota Approach

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Preventing Child Sex Trafficking Through Statewide Coordinated Efforts: The Minnesota Approach

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Issue Area #6: Prevention & Training

Over the past several years, the Minnesota Department of Health and Love146 have collaborated to implement a robust statewide approach to addressing child trafficking through prevention education. This session will highlight how prevention education can be paired with data to provide a concrete strategy and targeted response. Through this presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of the partnership that exists between these agencies, the prevention education implementation strategies used to support local engagement and sustainability, and the successes and challenges these partners have experienced in working to build a stronger continuum of care for youth, especially those who are at high risk for trafficking.

Preventing Child Sex Trafficking Through Statewide Coordinated Efforts: The Minnesota Approach

Issue Area #6: Prevention & Training

Over the past several years, the Minnesota Department of Health and Love146 have collaborated to implement a robust statewide approach to addressing child trafficking through prevention education. This session will highlight how prevention education can be paired with data to provide a concrete strategy and targeted response. Through this presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of the partnership that exists between these agencies, the prevention education implementation strategies used to support local engagement and sustainability, and the successes and challenges these partners have experienced in working to build a stronger continuum of care for youth, especially those who are at high risk for trafficking.

Aria Flood, MPH, Director of U.S. Prevention, Love146
As the Director of U.S. Prevention at Love146, Aria Flood is responsible for developing, promoting, and evaluating prevention programs to effect systemic change. Her role includes strategic planning around program growth, and she leads a team who advise schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations on the implementation of effective prevention education strategies for diverse populations of youth. Aria co-authored the Not a Number curriculum, and travels throughout the United States providing training and technical assistance for professionals who work with youth.

Paula Schaefer, M.S., Safe Harbor Training Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health
Paula Schaefer is the Safe Harbor Training Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health. She provides training and technical assistance to agencies who provide services for sexually exploited/sex trafficked children and youth. Paula did consulting for the child welfare and juvenile justice systems throughout the U.S and Canada on female and culturally responsive services and trauma-informed care for girls. Paula was a consultant for the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Institute of Corrections for a number of years. She continues to learn a great deal from youth and is inspired by their indomitable spirits and resiliency, this fuels her passion and advocacy work on their behalf.