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County Agencies Continue to Fight Human Trafficking

Post Date:01/20/2017 1:26 PM
During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Outagamie County Human Trafficking Steering Committee would like community members to know about progress being made in the fight against Human Trafficking.   

The committee oversees four “Pillar” teams focusing on:  Courts, Prevention, Treatment and Law Enforcement/Corrections.

In support of this very important endeavor, The Sexual Assault Crisis Center (SACC), a vital member of the Steering Committee, was awarded a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Fund supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the J.J. Keller Foundation, Inc., and other community partners.

Throughout 2016, the SACC served 28 juveniles and 18 adults, who were trafficked or at risk of being trafficked.

This summer, the committee’s Law Enforcement/Corrections Pillar will provide comprehensive Human Trafficking Training to School Resource Officers (SRO) from around the state and beyond.  These officers play a critical role in the protection of those most vulnerable to the influence of traffickers; children and teens.

The aforementioned training will be held in Appleton during the annual State School Resource Officer Training Conference, hosted by the National Criminal Justice Training Center. Attendees will learn to use screening tools, interview techniques and investigative methods, they can utilize on a daily basis, to help rescue victims and put human traffickers behind bars.

The training is one example of the many ways the State of Wisconsin is working to combat these horrific crimes.  In September of 2015, the State’s Department of Justice and Department of Children and Families teamed up with stakeholders to fight Human Trafficking at the statewide level.  The resulting State force works with existing local and regional efforts; to better coordinate prevention, training, data collection and services. It is also working to raise public awareness about the crime, create consistent statewide practices and improve services for trafficking victims.  See:  https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/aht

For more information about the School Resource Officer Training please contact Fox Valley Metro Police Department SRO Alia Swingle (920) 788-7505. Care Coordinator Alaina Vallafsky (920) 733-8119 can provide additional information on the work of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center.
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