Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

 

How to get Help

Contact the National Human
Trafficking Resource Center
1-888-3737-888 — or
Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)

For information on Ohio’s response to human trafficking, contact
Elizabeth Ranade Janis
614-995-7986
eiranade-janis@dps.state.oh.us

March 2014 Anti-Trafficking Update

Dear Stakeholder:

As a member of Governor John R. Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, I am pleased to share our new Toolkit for Serving Victims of Human Trafficking in Ohio. This toolkit serves as a framework and compilation of tools developed by the Task Force, the Ohio Network of Anti-Human Trafficking Coalitions, the Ohio Human Trafficking Commission and other resources created by federal and grassroots partners.

Ohio continues to intensify the fight against human trafficking. We are investing in new partnerships with service providers and strengthening the capacity of our agencies and first responders. We are seeing new community-led anti-trafficking coalitions form throughout the state. Law enforcement partners are more aggressively pursuing traffickers and identifying victims. As public awareness grows, more victims are identified, and the tactics of traffickers evolve, our tools must also evolve to respond to the needs of victims and environment in which we are serving them. Over time, we hope to build a stronger evidence base of practice for our response. Thus, this toolkit is not intended as a static document but provides a victim-centered framework and capacity building tool for Ohio’s service providers and coalitions as they work to assist survivors in their own communities.

If your community is in the beginning of stages of forming a Rescue and Restore Coalition or is new to serving victims, we strongly recommend starting with a needs assessment. A needs assessment is simply taking an organized look at what strengths and resources exist in your community to address the issue of human trafficking, assessing who in your community is already providing prevention or response services, and determining whether there are gaps. In the “Additional Resources” section, you can find a link to the US Department of Justice’s Guide to Conducting a Needs Assessment. Once you have completed a needs assessment, you will begin to see how these tools can assist your coalition or community’s response efforts and help ensure excellent service standards for trafficking survivors.

If you would like to request more information on how to use the tools effectively in your community or coalition, please contact me at
eiranade-janis@dps.state.oh.us or 614-995-7986. Thank you for your partnership in providing excellent service to the most vulnerable in Ohio.


Sincerely,

Elizabeth Ranade Janis

Anti-Trafficking Coordinator