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PATH Virtual Queer Summit

Jan 11th and Jan 15th

A two-session, online event to address the exploitation of LGBTQ+ individuals through advocacy and allyship.

In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky presents a Virtual Queer Summit: Addressing Exploitation Through Advocacy and Allyship. This event kicks off on January 11th, 2021, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. A day to bring awareness to the exploitation of people for labor, domestic servitude, or commercial sexual activity by the actions of force, fraud, or coercion.

Format of Event:

The summit will consist of two pre-recorded sessions available for the registered audience.

This is a free event and is offered to all people in our community.

Session One

Session one will include a comprehensive educational presentation titled “Exploitation and Trafficking in the LGBTQIA Community”. Presented by K.D. Roche, a Human Trafficking Field Expert, Keynote Speaker and Author who has presented nationally on human trafficking and complex trauma. Learn more about K.D. at www.kdroche.com.

Session one will be 60 minutes in duration.

Session Two

Session two will present a panel discussion, consisting of a group of advocates, experts, and allies who will answer questions submitted by members of the audience. This panel will ignite a conversation. A focus on specific topic areas relevant to understanding the increased risks for exploitation and trafficking for LGBTQ+ identified members of our community will guide this conversation. PATH will offer multiple ways to submit questions for the panel after you complete session one.

Session two will be 90 minutes in duration.

The objective of this two-part series is for the audience watching the educational presentation from K.D. Roche and the panel discussion to leave with new insights and knowledge; better equipped to take actions to support queer folks of all ages, with an elevated focus on youth.

When and Where: Virtual connection via PATH website www.pathcoalitionofky.org

*Registrants will be provided with an access code and receive communication via e-mail and/or through Eventbrite prior to the opening day of summit.

Session One: View the 60-minute session anytime on Monday, January 11, 2021, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM.

Session Two: View the 90-Minute session anytime on Friday, January 15th, 2021, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM.

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    PATH Coalition of Kentucky

    WE ARE PEOPLE AGAINST TRAFFICKING HUMANS COALITION OF KENTUCKY!

    Mission: To foster awareness of the realities of human trafficking and cultivate collaborative efforts with agencies and individuals who provide healing and hope to those affected by human trafficking.

    Vision: A community united in its resolve to end human trafficking.

    People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky is a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization actively working to combat human trafficking occurring in Kentucky and across the world. PATH’s mission involves five goals:

    (1) Develop a strong and diverse board of directors, organizing a leadership development process that sustains PATH’s capacity to govern and lead its mission.

    (2) Cultivate the engagement and support required to grow fund development and organizational capacity.

    (3) Advance PATH’s mission to build awareness and collaboration through regularly planned communication and marketing messages.

    (4) Foster collaboration among service providers and offer professional development opportunities with and for them.

    (5) Educate, in collaboration with other providers, for the prevention and support of human trafficking victims.

    Awareness

    Education and Awareness

    Led by a Board of Directors, PATH works with academic, community, and faith-based organizations in an effort to raise awareness and meet the needs of the survivor. PATH offers education sessions on Human Trafficking 101, Digital Safety for Youth and Young Adults, and other topics related to understanding the impacts of human trafficking in modern day society. We can also create specific education focuses that fit the needs of your organization.

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    PATH is growing!

    We have transitioned to a legal entity and now plan to move forward with a strategic planning process. On April 30, 2019 PATH held the 7th Annual Anti-Trafficking Prayer Service & Public Awareness Rally in Downtown Louisville. PATH has also produced numerous public education and media presentations, a public billboard opposing human trafficking, presentations at multiple local and national conferences, traveled to 6 safe houses serving trafficked victims, developed 2 education modules for the community, hired a part-time program coordinator, and created marketing materials -- including this website.

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    Service Needs for Victims of Human Trafficking

    The necessary social service needs of trafficked youth and young adults are complex and multifaceted. Researchers and advocates agree that the design and implementation of these services should give attention to making sure they are victim-centered, evidenced based, gender responsive, culturally relevant, comprehensive, and trauma-informed. A successful response to meet the needs of human trafficking victims requires community collaboration (NSVRC, 2012). These services should include:

    Services
    Housing

    Trafficking survivors are in need of long-term and short- term housing, emergency shelter, transitional housing support programs, and independent living skills.

    Services
    Basic Needs

    Access to health and dental care, mental health counseling, psychiatric care, interpretation, language services, employment and job training.

    Services
    Advocacy Services

    Legal advocacy and expungement services, parenting support and child care, social support, community support, education options, and financial aid.

    Services
    Support & Treatment

    Mental health counseling, case management, psychiatric care, substance abuse treatment, advocacy services, community support, and social support.

    Human Trafficking Among Youth and Young Adults

    A Global Issue

    Nov 2017 | Louisville, KY

    A Global Issue

    Human trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery, is the illegal trade in humans for the purpose of exploitation and profit. The torment and anguish felt by victims of this crime causes physical, emotional, and mental degradation to the victims’ livelihoods in exchange for the social, economic, political, and/or sexual benefits of others (Godoy et al., 2015). Current estimates inform us that approximately 40.3 million children, women, and men are victims of human trafficking across the world annually (International Labor Office & Walk Free Foundation, 2017).

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    Scope of the Problem In the United States

    Dec 2017 | Louisville, KY

    Scope of the Problem In the United States

    In the U.S., human trafficking is the exploitation of another individual for labor and/or commercial sex though the use of fraud, force, or coercion and it happens in all regions of the U.S. including rural, urban and suburban settings; taking place in a wide range of both licit and illicit industries (U.S. Department of State, 2015). Trafficking victims can be foreign nationals and they can also be native U.S. minor or adult citizens trafficked within U.S. borders. A 2014 study by the Urban Institute, aimed at ascertaining the scope of sex trafficking in eight major U.S. cities estimated

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    Scope of the Problem in Kentucky

    Jan 2018 | Louisville, KY

    Scope of the Problem in Kentucky

    Reliable data to evaluate the extent of sex and labor trafficking of adults and minors in Kentucky are limited. The limited data available suggest that a large majority of identified victims of sex trafficking in Kentucky are young people. The Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services released their fourth report on child victims of human trafficking on November 1st, 2016 in accordance to Kentucky statue requirements.

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    Risk Factors for Youth and Young Adults

    Feb 2018 | Louisville, KY

    Risk Factors for Youth and Young Adults

    Commonalities in published research findings reveal that risk factors that increase a youth’s chances of becoming a victim of sex or labor trafficking include: experiencing homelessness, runaway or throwaway status, involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, limited education, history of previous sexual, psychological, or physical abuse, lack of income and/or paid work opportunities, substance abuse, history of substance abuse and domestic violence in their family of origin, and mental health challenges or learning disabilities.

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    Service Needs for Victims of Human Trafficking

    Mar 2018 | Louisville, KY

    Service Needs for Victims of Human Trafficking

    The treatment needs for trafficked youth and young adults is extensive. When a victim manages to escape their trafficker and exit their trafficking situation, researchers agree they will require a wide range of social services and support. A comprehensive array of services, including shelter and safe housing are essential. The three most critical barriers/challenges to providing services to trafficking victims are a lack of adequate resources, problems identifying trafficking victims, and a lack of adequate training specific to the needs…

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    Where to Report Human Trafficking

    Apr 2018 | Louisville, KY

    Where to Report Human Trafficking

    Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States.

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    Collaboration

    Help us take action to support survivors.

    As a coalition, PATH is dedicated to forming relationships and collaborations with other organizations and groups working to reduce the number of individuals who are trapped in human trafficking. Collaborations formed with academic institutions, faith based organizations, and a variety of grassroots organizations in Louisville led by survivors of human trafficking have strengthened PATH’s passion and resolve in taking action to support survivors.

    PATH BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Click on a member to read more about how we all come together to support PATH.

    Theresa C. Hayden

    Theresa C. Hayden

    President/Board Chair

    Chris Owens

    Chris Owens

    Vice President

    Julie Driscoll, SCN

    Julie Driscoll, SCN

    Secretary

    Rita Ann Wigginton

    Rita Ann Wigginton

    Treasurer

    Carrie Bohnert

    Carrie Bohnert

    Member

    Charlene Moser, OP

    Charlene Moser, OP

    Member

    Brianna Roberts

    Brianna Roberts

    Member

    April Murphy

    April Murphy

    Member

    Kaye Castlen

    Kaye Castlen

    Member

    Dianna Anderson

    Dianna Anderson

    Member

    Regina V Carrico

    Regina V Carrico

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    You can make a difference. Spread knowledge in your community. Support survivors. We can help. Join us in our efforts to combat modern day slavery in Kentucky.

    If you suspect someone is being trafficked, please call the Human Trafficking Hotline at

    1-888-373-7888

    History of PATH

    On April 30, 2013, many of the members in the current group gathered at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, KY for a prayer service for victims of human trafficking.

    In January 2014, a survivor of human trafficking shared an op-ed in the Courier Journal entitled, “Kentucky can do more to help trafficking victims recover.” Some members of the current group met the survivor on March 21, 2014, in Bardstown, Kentucky, where Holly Austin Smith shared her story of being forced into a sex trafficking ring at 14. On April 29, 2014, some of the current members gathered again for a prayer service for victims of human trafficking at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, KY.

    It was after this second prayer service for victims of human trafficking in May 2014, when some of the members in the current group suggested those interested might gather for more of a long-term project around the issue of human trafficking…

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    Messages are received by email and can be responded to by phone or email, whichever you provide. This is a non-emergency message submission. If you are in an emergency situation and need help call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888 OR send Text message to “BeFree” (233733)

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