Minor Victims of Human Trafficking Subcommittee
Ohio is noted as being particularly vulnerable to human trafficking because of its large urban centers and rural counties that comprise large transient and immigrant populations, making law enforcement and regulation more difficult. In addition, Ohio’s five major highways are a tool for traffickers to transport youth and adult victims between and among Ohio and contiguous states.
Juvenile Human Trafficking, Ohio Laws & Safe Harbor Response
Prepared by the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Children and Families Section in collaboration with its Advisory Committee on Children and Families.
For more information on human trafficking in Ohio, see:
- The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force
- Ohio Human Trafficking Coalitions
- Combating Human Trafficking in Ohio Facilitator Training
The purpose of this webpage is to serve as a clearinghouse of resources for the Court Responses to Minor Victims of Human Trafficking Workgroup - as well as any Ohio court wishing to start a specialized program/docket in response to human trafficking.
- Ohio Human Trafficking Commission Victim Services Subcommittee: Standards of Service for Trafficked Persons - revised 4/24/17
- Appropriate System Responses to Human Sex Trafficking
- This presentation was given at the JDAI Inter-site Conference on September 30, 2015.
- At Risk for Sex Trafficking: Youth Who Run Away from Foster Care
- The Capacity Building Center for States put forth this data snapshot on this at-risk group of youth.
- Childhood Trust Events Survey
- This free resource includes questions from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research, among others. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the link titled "Childhood Trust Events Survey Long Form."
- Collaborative Practice Bench Guide for Judges and Judicial Officers
- This resource was developed in 2008 by and for the State of New York.
- "Faces of Human Trafficking" Video Series
- This series of videos comes from the Office for Victims of Crime. Video/Resource Set (including Discussion Guide) #6 - Focus on Youth - and #8 - The Victim-Centered Case - may be most relevant to the MVHT workgroup, though workgroup members may find others useful depending on their needs.
- Gender Injustice, The National Crittenton Foundation
- This resource offers research and recommendations on gender injustice via the following three links: (1) Gender Injustice Executive Summary; (2) Gender Injustice Report; and (3) Infographic on Gender Injustice.
- Human Trafficking Red Flags List
- This resource is from the Office of the Ohio Public Defender.
- Legal Best Practices Guide for the Protection of Child Victims of Human Trafficking
- This resource was developed in 2009 by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families.
- Trafficking Risk Factors
- This one-page resource comes from a presentation given by the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission's Research and Analysis Sub-Committee on April 8, 2012. The full reportcan be found at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/getattachment/1bc0e815-71b6-43f5-ba45-c667840d4a93/2012-Domestic-Sex-Trafficking-in-Ohio-Report.aspx.
Franklin County Juvenile Court’s Empowerment Program is based on Ohio’s safe harbor law, which allows for decriminalization of youth offenses that result from their role as human trafficking victims. In addition to acting as a diversion program, the model uses treatment teams to identify youths’ needs and services.
- Empowerment Program Policy & Procedures
- Program Agreement
- Safe Harbor Flow Chart
- Safe Harbor Motion
- Safe Harbor Referral
- Map of Ohio Human Trafficking Coalitions
- Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force
- PowerPoint for Facilitator Training on Combating Human Trafficking in Ohio
- ABA's Meeting the Legal Needs of Child Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Children’s Attorneys & Advocates
This report identifies problems and needs of child trafficking victims and ways child attorneys/advocates can see to those needs. It includes remedies for these victims and how to identify them.
- NIJ Needs Assessment for Service Providers and Trafficking Victims
This report was compiled by a private entity for the National Institute of Justice. It gives some national statistics. Research was collecting by surveying trafficking victims and U.S. service providers. It asks these victims if they feel their needs are being met and ways to improve these services.
Resources from Other States
- California Human Trafficking Report 2012
This report covers human trafficking in California in 2012. It discusses problems of enforcement in California and recommendations.
- California Human Trafficking Report 2007
This report like the 2012 edition discusses problems and possible solutions to enforcing anti-human trafficking laws. This report is included so that one can see which possible solutions were most effective.
- Florida Information Kit
This information kit is short. It is made to help readers identify victims. It gives case studies and legal protections.
- Illinois Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking
This report considers identification of child victims and legal advocacy. It includes statutes, resources, and information from Illinois and on the federal level.
- Minnesota Human Trafficking Report 2010
This report was made for the Minnesota legislature. It covers trafficking related charges and survey data. It considers service providers and law enforcers’ experience with human trafficking. It also examines barriers to helping these victims and the state’s overall response.
- Pennsylvania Policy and Proposed Legislation Report 2012
This legislative proposal gives statistics and explanations about human trafficking. It proposes legislation for Pennsylvania for the June 2012 session.
- Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Children and Youth 2011
This analysis covers human sex trafficking and its effects on children in Tennessee. It examines incidents of human trafficking in the framework of the state’s infrastructure. Some of the data is collected from focus groups. Case studies are also included. The report examines some of the Polaris Project’s 2010 statistical data.
- Washington Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation Proposal for the 2012 Legislative Session: A Comprehensive Approach
This source is a legislation proposal for Washington. It gives recommendations as to human trafficking laws based on research and model state law.
If you have questions about the webpage and/or its content, please contact the Family & Youth Law Center (FYLaw) at Capital University Law School, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 236-6730.