Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force
Governor Kasich is Committed to Stop Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. Each year an estimated 1,078 Ohio children become victims and 3,016 more are at-risk. Governor Kasich is committed to addressing this problem.
In 2012, Governor Kasich formed The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force to marshal the state’s resources to provide wraparound services for victims and punish the perpetrators of this horrible crime. We are making progress, but the work left to be done is great. Please explore this website and sign up for our mailing list to learn how to get involved.
OSU Human Trafficking Awareness Week schedule
OSU Human Trafficking Awareness Week
January 20, 2014
All Day — Online Kick-Off
Description: The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law will publish several articles on its online blog about human trafficking. The Justice for Children Project blog will also feature articles on human trafficking written by prominent state actors involved in the issue. Additionally, Doug Berman will discuss recently enacted laws regarding the sentencing of traffickers on his blog. Please join us in the media event by posting on Facebook or tweeting articles or statistics about human trafficking using the hashtag #osuaware.
January 21, 2014
12:00 P.M. — Panel Discussion “Modern Day Slavery in Ohio” featuring Melinda Sykes Haggerty (Ohio Attorney General’s Office), Liz Ranade-Janis (Governor’s Initiative/Department of Public Safety), Michelle Hannan (Central Ohio Rescue and Restore), Megan Mattimoe (Advocating Opportunity), and Ken Lawson (Columbus Police Department)
Sponsor: Women’s Legal Society
Location: Saxbe Auditorium
Description: Panelists will discuss the current state of the human trafficking problem in Ohio and what is being done to stop it by both federal and state law enforcement, as well as nonprofit agencies.
January 22, 2014
12:00 P.M. — “Prostitution: When Victims Become Criminals”
Sponsor: Criminal Law Society
Location: Drinko Hall 246
Description: Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Paul Herbert will discuss the changing perspective on the "world's oldest profession" and how he is using rehabilitative justice to rebuild the lives of human trafficking victims. Judge Herbert oversees a speciality docket and diversion program called CATCH Court and will explain to students how this alternative approach to handling prostitution charges is more effective in eliminating the crime than more traditional legal practices.
5:30 P.M. — Volunteer Fair and Reception
Sponsor: Student Bar Association/Justice for Children Project/Gracehaven
Location: Gateway Film Center
Description: The networking reception/volunteer fair will allow different service providers, agencies, nonprofits, and government entities that work on this issue to highlight their efforts, inform students about how to get involved, and provide concrete paths to participation and action. RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/receptionand-screening-of-very-young-girls-tickets-10005816667
7:00 P.M. — Movie Screening of Very Young Girls
Description: The screening will feature the documentary “Very Young Girls,” an expose of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely adolescent girls in real time, using verite and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women."
The movie screening will be preceded by brief remarks from Representative Teresa Fedor regarding Ohio's anti-trafficking efforts and followed by a 30-minute Q&A session led by the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition and Gracehaven.
January 24, 2014
9:00 A.M. — Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Speakers Bureau Training
Sponsor: Central Ohio Rescue and Restore
Description: The purpose of the CORRC Speakers Bureau is to increase the Central Ohio community’s capacity to identify and respond to human trafficking. Human Trafficking Workshop Facilitators are trained to deliver presentations to audiences such as civic groups, faith groups, law enforcement, high schools, businesses, social services and medical providers. CORRC invites Moritz students and faculty to become trained presenters in order to assist in this effort. RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/speakers-bureau-training-2014-tickets-9321367461
January 25, 2014
8:00 P.M. — Barrister’s Charity Ball
Sponsor: Student Bar Association
Description: A portion of proceeds from this year’s Barrister’s Ball will be donated to the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition to support efforts to stop human trafficking in our community. Tickets will be sold at lunch Monday, January 13- Thursday, January 16. There are two ticket options: (1) $30 for a ticket that includes entry and three beverages, and (2) $20 for a ticket that only includes entry.