About Trafficking Resource Connection

Christa Foster Crawford is an expert and consultant with more than a decade of experience working to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion. Her experience includes work at both the grassroots and policy level, having worked for the United Nations, the International Justice Mission and Crisis Care Training International. She co-founded The Garden of Hope and pioneered its vocational training and social enterprise program before moving into a full-time consulting role with Trafficking Resource Connection in 2010. Her clients have included Tearfund, the United Nations and Wildlife Storytellers. Christa's services include expert advice and referrals, development and sharing of resources, and teaching and training. A passionate advocate, Christa speaks internationally on issues of human trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation, and children at risk. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Fuller Theological Seminary where she teaches "Ministry to Trafficked and Sexually Exploited Children." She also teaches "Exclusion and Exploitation in the Greater Mekong Subregion" for GoED. A professional writer and editor, Christa has authored and co-edited two books: Combatting Human Trafficking in Asia: A Resource Guide to International and Regional Legal Instruments, Political Commitments and Recommended Practices (United Nations) and Finding Our Way through the Traffick: Exploring the Complexities of a Christian Response to Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking (co-edited with Glenn Miles, Gundelina Vasquez and Tania DoCarmo, forthcoming). Her articles and book chapters have been published in the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, Understanding God's Heart for Children, Family and Faith in Asia, and the Journal of Asian Mission, among others. She also edits children-at-risk books and training curriculum for Phyllis Kilbourn's Crisis Care Training International. Christa is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Claremont McKenna College. She is currently pursing a PhD in Holistic Child Development. Christa is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she has lived with her family since 2001. She is a native of Southern California.

Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference – October 16-18, 2013

Collaborative Frontline Practice – Working Together to End Child Trafficking and Exploitation.

This online event aims to bring together the global Counter Child Trafficking community to connect, share and learn from what works on the frontline in a free and accessible format through the use of technology. The speaker line-up includes academics, clinicians, frontline practitioners and other representatives from organisations like Polaris, ECPAT, Chab Dai, Love 146, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, AFRUCA, Victoria Climbie Foundation UK, Barnardo’s, Children’s Society, International Justice Mission and Unicef as well as programme leaders and practitioners from grassroots community projects in the USA, Africa, Europe, India, South East Asia and Australia.

The Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference 2013 is the first event of its kind. It is our hope that this event will further encourage collaboration and the creation of partnerships to strengthen the global response to child trafficking and exploitation.

  • 44 webinars
  • 3 consecutive days
  • Across time zones
  • No travel necessary
  • Free to participate
  • An English-language programme that represents a wide range of subjects related to best practices to end child trafficking and related forms exploitation, as well as care and support services for survivors.

The programme has a strong practice focus and our aim is for participants to leave with practical information, tools and resources that they can explore and implement in their own work.
Our three guiding principles are:

  • Child-centred frontline practice. This event focuses on the needs of children and young people who are victims of trafficking and exploitation
  • Child Protection. It is our collective view that child trafficking is a child protection issue and we approach this event from that perspective.
  • Collaboration. We wish to promote and support the work that is being done globally by the many organisations and individuals involved in the field and further encourage the development of partnerships and collaborative working in the field.

The Conference is not about Political debate and lobbying. We fully realise that this is a crucial component in the eradication of child trafficking and exploitation, but we feel that there are many forums where the global and national (political) debates are taking place and we are therefore not aiming to replicate that. Instead the programme aims to be about sharing and learning from frontline practice, experience and expertise.

- See more at:  http://counterchildtrafficking.org/

A Study of Sexually Exploited Young Males in Chiang Mai, Thailand – September 26, 2013, Chiang Mai University

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Over the past three months, the Urban Light + Love146 Research Team have completed a baseline study evaluating male exploitation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This research is the first of its kind in Thailand and has reached a traditionally neglected demographic throughout the world.

Urban Light + Love146′s collaboration is an effort to better understand the needs of young men working in the sex industry of the city. The data will be made public in a presentation titled “Initial Findings: A Study of Sexually Exploited Males in Chiang Mai”  which will be hosted by the Social Science Department of Chiang Mai University. Awareness, discussion & collaboration between NGOs, government officials, and community leaders will be the main goals of the afternoon. The findings will be presented by Jarrett Davis, Researcher, Love146, and panelists will include Glenn Miles, Asia Community Building Facilitator, Love146, Christa Foster Crawford, Esq.,Trafficking Resource Connection and Dao Phimphisa Chailoet, Thailand Director, Urban Light.

The presentation will be held at the Social Science Department at Chiang Mai University on September 26th from 1PM to 3PM. Faculty of Social Science Operational Building Room #04-003 (4th Floor).

8th Annual International Weekend of Prayer & Fasting for Victims of Sex Trafficking

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Since 2006, The Salvation Army and the Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking (IAST) have sponsored an International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the Victims of Sex Trafficking. In 2009, the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) joined as co-sponsor of this annual event.

This special emphasis weekend is held the last weekend of September, but we also hope that prayer and fasting about the issue of sexual trafficking will become a routine part of your life. To read a report from the 2010 event, click here.

The Salvation Army, IAST and FAAST sponsor this event because we ardently believe that success in the battle against trafficking comes “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6). We understand that in this battle we wrestle “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

This year’s event will take place from September 27-29, 2013, though we hope you will pray with us throughout the year. To register, click here. Registration will be open up until the day of the event. However, we cannot  guarantee that you will receive any ordered materials in time for the event after September 16, 2013.

 

The resources provided here have been developed to help Christians bring the issue of sexual trafficking before their churches any time of the year – whether as part of the prayer and fasting weekend activities or at other times – through a variety of methods such as sermon outlines, church bulletin inserts, Bible studies, and prayer guides. We are continually adding to these resources and working to translate these resources into different languages so please check these pages frequently for new materials. For questions, emailUSN_Social_Services@usn.salvationarmy.org.

Hands that Heal Training – Coming Soon! October 29-November 2, Chiang Mai, Thailand

        

Would you like to be better equipped to engage in the battle against human trafficking and be trained in how to provide transformational care to survivors?

Join us for a 5 day Training of Trainers on the Hands that Heal Community-Based Edition Curriculum.

When: October 29-November 2

Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand (Church of Christ Thailand (CCT) Office)

Cost: 2,500 Baht for San Jai members, 5000 Baht for non-members (includes comprehensive training manuals, meals and snacks)

The training will be presented in both Thai and English.

The Hands That Heal International Curriculum to Train Caregivers of Trafficking Survivors was developed by the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST). It provides a comprehensive approach to servicing victims of trafficking and educating caregivers so they may appropriately and effectively provide care and support. It is used to inspire people to engage in the battle against human trafficking and to train people on how to provide transformational care to survivors of trafficking.

This is a participatory Training of Trainers (TOT) to prepare trainees to teach the Hands that Heal Community-Based Edition Curriculum to others. Trainees will be expected to train others in their organization and/or other San Jai member organizations.

The training is sponsored by San Jai Network and facilitated by Christa Crawford (Trafficking Resource Connection and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Children at Risk Fuller Seminary), Kristen Weibe (World Hope International and FAAST), Peggy Schmitt (New Life Center Foundation), and Larry Dinkins (OMF).

If you are interested, please contact Khemtida Petchtam ASAP: khemtidap@wcasia.org Phone: 084-360-3080

Sign up soon, space is limited!

This Weekend! Annual Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the Victims of Sexual Trafficking

Annual Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the Victims of Sexual TraffickingThis weekend, the Salvation Army,  Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking (IAST) and  Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) are sponsoring the 7th International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the Victims of Sex Trafficking.

The Salvation Army, IAST and FAAST sponsor this event because they ardently believe that success in the battle against trafficking comes “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6). In this battle we wrestle “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

This year’s event will take place from September 28-30, 2012, though we hope you will pray with us throughout the year. To register, click here. To download this year’s flyer, click here.

Vote for Freedom!

Help build connection to bring freedom from human trafficking!

Chab Dai’s Freedom Registry project has been chosen out of more than 2,400 nominations as a Top 5 Finalist in Human Rights. Vote for Freedom Registry today:http://www.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/vote

From Chab Dai:

On September 21st the Classy Awards will be recognizing 2011′s greatest charitable achievements worldwide. Our Freedom Registry project has been chosen out of more than 2,400 nominations as a Top 5 Finalist in Human Rights!

You can read our Achievement Story here. We’ve been chosen as finalist, but the rest is up to you — We need your vote! To vote for us, follow the steps below.

1. Go to http://www.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/vote

2. Choose the “West” region

3. Scroll down to the “Human Rights” category

4. Select “Chab Dai USA” (Freedom Registry)

5. At the bottom click the “Submit My Final Ballot” Button

6. And finally, click the “Connect to my Facebook” Button

7. Share with your friends! Please forward this email!

Webinar on June 27: Case Management: A Vital Service for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Case Management: A Vital Service for Survivors of Human Trafficking

IAST (Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking) Sponsored Webinar on June 27

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/806292554

Participants will learn why case management is a vital, established practice in helping survivors of human trafficking heal from trauma and rebuild their lives. This workshop will review research on the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Case Management model and how it is implemented at The Salvation Army in Central Ohio. The characteristics of effective case management will be highlighted, and tips for developing an anti-human trafficking case management program will be shared.

Title: Case Management: A Vital Service for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Presented by:
Michelle Hannan, MSW, LISW-S
Director of Professional and Community Services
The Salvation Army SWONEKY Division

Michelle Hannan, MSW, LISW-S is the Director of Professional and Community Services for The Salvation Army’s Southwestern Ohio/Northeastern Kentucky Division. In Central Ohio, she is responsible for The Army’s professional development, workforce development, basic needs, and anti-human trafficking services.  Michelle works throughout the division to build capacity for effective social services.  She is responsible for the development of The Salvation Army’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative in Greater Cincinnati.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Recommended Reading: A Picture Says A Thousand Words

Check out this insightful article on Chab Dai’s BlogA Picture Says A Thousand Words

Key points the author, Becky Owens Bullard, raises:

  • “A human trafficking case where an individual is physically chained or caged is not the norm. In fact, the ‘chains’ that keep a victim tied to a trafficker are often the things that you can’t see – fear, shame, hope and love.”
  • “Abuse is complex, psychologically manipulative and incredibly difficult to end without an accurate understanding of its dynamics.”

Thanks for this article that helps us realize the need to understand the dynamics of power and control that are not always so easy to picture. If you’d like to learn more about those dynamics check out Polaris Project’s Tool Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking or my eBook So You Want to Rescue Child Sex Slaves? What You Need to Know Before You Begin.