Sexual exploitation of children and minors has got to be one of the worst things in our society and everyone probably agrees that we must do everything within our power to eradicate it. But the problem lies with the victims who refuse to cooperate with law enforcement or even advocates who genuinely want to help them. Courtney’s House, an organization at the forefront of the battle to end domestic child sex trafficking designed a unique interview and assessment tool that ought to better serve the victims and survivors.
This course’s instructors are Tina Frundt and Rebecca Burney. Tina is the Founder and Executive Director of Courtney’s House. She used her own experience to create an organization designed to help survivors where it counts. Courtney’s House and Tina has been featured in numerous shows and publications as they raise awareness on commercial sexual exploitation of children. Meanwhile, Rebbeca Burney is an attorney and the Youth Advocacy Coordinator at Rights4Girls where she supports survivors of sexual abuse through teaching, mentorship, and advocacy.
Points they tackled in the course are:
- A brief discussion that explains what Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (DCST) is.
- How the history of sexual and physical abuse, family instability, poverty, homelessness, and dislocation make youth susceptible to exploitation.
- How involvement with foster care, the child welfare system, and being disconnected from the education system puts youth at risk.
- How a lack of access to resources on mental health to cope with abuse and trauma is a risk factor.
- The concept of marginalization such that youth are exposed to multiple risk factors simultaneously putting them in grave danger.
- Dissecting the racial and gender disparities of the sex trafficking survivors and buyers/perpetrators.
- The abuse to prison pipeline where young people who are victims of sexual exploitation are criminalized instead of getting the support and resources they need.
- The importance of understanding the story behind the behavior observed in survivors to better address the root cause of the problem.
- An overview of Courtney’s House and the culture they observe within the organization to build better rapport with and gain the trust of the youth they work with.
- The four types of control in sex trafficking.
- Interview guidelines, specific questions, and other contextual cues that are guaranteed to get better answers and outcomes from the survivors.
- Case studies to help better identify and understand the dynamics of domestic child sex trafficking.
Participants’ questions were about:
- The assessment tool Courtney’s House is using and how to partner with them.
- The ‘family’ referred to that are involved in the trafficking of youth.
- What traffickers are charged with.
- Protections for minors charged with solicitation.
- Whose jurisdiction sex trafficking falls into.
- Resources to learn more about sexual and labor trafficking.
- The risk human trafficking survivors’ children may be subjected to.
- Terminologies used during the webinar.
Other Webinars in this Series:
- Intersectionality and Reducing Girls Justice System Environment
- Combating Domestic Child Sex Trafficking: A Multi-Disciplinary Response
- Asking the Right Questions: Collaborative Approaches and Strategies to Identify and Serve Child Sex Trafficking Survivors (this webinar)
- Oct 6: Family Violence and Abuse to Prison Pipeline for Girls
- “This was probably the best training I have attended all year. Great job to these presenters and thank you for bringing them in! The most valuable thing I leared today was the statistics about foster care youth that are trafficked! 88 percent of likely child sext trafficking victims were missing from Social Services? Outrageous, terrifying, but also helpful knowledge. Again, thanks so much!” — Aaron
- “This was a great webinar about how to identify and engage youth who have been trafficked or are being trafficked. I wish we had more time to talk more in-depth about engaging youth in different questions and how to have natural conversations with them. As an assessor in […] working at Children’s Advocacy Center, this webinar has really made me think of different ways of asking questions to formulate a conversation most importantly, think about office set up to help the youth feel safe, etc. TY!” — Gabriella
- “There was a lot of great information provided and the presenters were both very knowledgeable on the subject matter.” — Delicia
- “I have been to countless trafficking trainings and thought I had a grasp on things. That was the furthest from the truth. Wow, how refreshing it was to hear Tina’s perspective on things. I learned so much. She is an amazing presenter and I look forward to future presentations from her and Rebecca. Thank you Tina for being so honest with your personal story. You are a rockstar. It’s nice to know the clients have you in their corner. I think it’s a make or break for them in the healing process.” — Ebeth