The Issue of Sex Trafficking in Rural Areas: Implications for Behavioral Health Services

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a webinar of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem.

Join them on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM for The Issue of Sex Trafficking in Rural Areas: Implications for Behavioral Health Services, part of the 2014 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series.

State highways, interstates and rural areas create unfortunate opportunities for sex trafficking to occur. During this webinar, the issue of sex trafficking in rural communities will be discussed. The webinar session will provide strategies for law enforcement and social service providers in rural communities who investigate such cases and provide services for children and youth who are victims.

Additionally, it will focus on the impact of sex trafficking on children and youth — in particular girls and young women — and discuss the importance of service delivery addressing issues of trauma, trauma-informed care, gender responsive programming and cultural and linguistic competence.

The webinar will be presented by Karen B. Francis, PhD, Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research and facilitated by Malika Saada Saar, MEd, JD with the Human Rights Project for Girls.

Participants may receive one-and-a-half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit. Afterward, report your hours quickly and easily using our eForm.

The training is free. You can download the event flyer and register online to attend.

We hope to see you there!

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First Published September 10, 2014