The Role of Child Protection/Child Welfare in Building Trafficking-Resistant Communities: Applying a Community-Centered Approach
A trafficking-resistant community is one that makes strategic structural investments to ensure that systems are not only working towards the protection of victims and at-risk youth, but also putting in place practices and policies that prevent trafficking and exploitation from happening in the first place.
With Minnesota’s Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door system, the state envisioned a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, and multi-state agency response model in which communities would adopt a three-component approach: services, intervention, and prevention. This approach not only informs the systems response once harm has occurred, but contemplates the environmental factors and societal norms that contribute to victimization.
While Child Protection and Child Welfare are typically associated with the systems response once harm has already occurred, these agencies are uniquely poised to leverage their expertise in working with at-risk youth, agency-level collaborations with relevant systems, and a state and local network of community resources in order to help build trafficking-resistant communities. "We Are All Connected" for Systems Professionals is a component of the Men As Peacemakers' Don't Buy It Project providing specialized training, technical assistance, tools, and resources to the agencies and multidisciplinary professionals who play a role in the response to trafficking and exploitation.
This session will give participants an overview of community-level prevention of trafficking and exploitation, help participants identify and understand the implications of community-level risk and protective factors, and provide practical, implementable strategies for embedding community-centered approach to all levels of an agency’s work.
Sarah Curtiss and Noelle Volin