Our Mission: The Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RRCAHT) is dedicated to eliminating human trafficking in our communities through education, advocacy, and networking with individuals and organizations.
Working against human trafficking in the Rochester region.
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RRCAHT extends a warm welcome to the participants in our recent Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference. You are now subscribed to our quarterly newsletter. To read past issues of the newsletter and to learn more about us, please visit our website:www.rrcaht.org
A Successful Event! RRCAHT's Inaugural Human Trafficking And Social Justice Conference By Janelle Snow, Grant Writer and Program Development Specialist at Community Resource Collaborative
In 2019, RRCAHT secured grant funding from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation to provide a free conference for up to 150 community members and service workers of all backgrounds. The conference was intended to be held in May 2020 at St. John Fisher College; however, the pandemic closed the door on the in-person event that year and after waiting out a year of the pandemic and realizing virtual events would be here to stay, RRCAHT committed to a virtual platform called Tradewing to support the conference.
The goal of the conference held on January 19, 2022, was to educate attendees about different topics that intersect with human trafficking, such as LGBTQ+ youth, gangs, child abuse, domestic violence, migrants, and the healthcare system. The conference ended with a panel of two survivor (lived experience) experts who offered their first-hand, unique perspectives on vulnerabilities and traumatic consequences of trafficking.
The feedback we received was very positive, with remarks about RRCAHT's diligence in providing diverse speakers, a broad array of topics, and tools for folks to implement in their work.
RRCAHT was able to educate 102 people through the main conference and an additional 35 through two smaller, evening events held on March 28th and 29th. A big thank you and congratulations on a wonderful event go to the conference planning committee, which consisted of Dr. Celia McIntosh, MelanieBlow, Lauren VanCott, SM Hernandez, Janelle Snow, and toNancy Iafrati, membership liaison and past president of the Genesee Valley Nurses Association, who assisted nurse participants in receiving continuing education credits. In addition, we thank the Greater Rochester Health Foundation for their support in helping RRCAHT create an informative, empowering event for people in Rochester and beyond.
Around the Nation and Around Town by Melanie Blow, NY Project Director, Stop Abuse Campaign
Nationally, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Putting Trafficking Victims First Act (S. 3643). If passed, this law would direct the Attorney General to provide trafficking-related training and assistance to federal, state, and local government agencies, and to law enforcement officials. The bill would also aim to identify current gaps in data collection regarding human trafficking, and encourage states to do better at providing victims with housing, passing vacatur laws to expunge convictions they received for committing crimes related to force, fraud or coercion, and to better screen children in child protective services for trafficking. Locally, a planning process has started to establish a wellness clinic in the Lyell Avenue neighborhood, an area infamous for its high levels of homelessness and open-air sex work. The current plan is for the clinic to operate a few hours a week (evening or afternoon) and provide physicals, vaccinations, and some mental health services.
Since trafficking is so closely linked to open-air sex work, the planning committee is already interested in ensuring that screening tools for identifying potentially trafficked persons are worked into the basic processes at the clinic. Both the clinic itself and the planning process that will make it happen are big opportunities for stakeholders in the community to learn about trafficking and come up with plans to help victims once they are identified.
National News: Reauthorization of The Violence against Women Act (VAWA) By Gina Horowitz, Staff Writer
In March, President Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022. The bipartisan legislation, already renewed and strengthened three times since its original passage in 1994, expands access to safety and support for all survivors, and improves prevention efforts.
Some of the 2022 reauthorization of VAWA’s major points include:
It reauthorizes all current VAWA grants until 2027, increasing the levels of some grants.
It expands the special criminal jurisdiction of Tribal courts to cover non-Native perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands.
It increases services and support for survivors from underserved and marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and increases support for culturally specific services in rural communities.
It expands prevention education for students in institutions of higher education.
It improves the healthcare system’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault, including enhanced training for sexual assault forensic examiners
Trafficking of Foreign Nurses: Look for this article in the June newsletter
RRCAHT Board Member Search Begins: Positions for President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Communication Strategist are open to application. Several apprentice board member positions are also open. If you would like information, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
President: Dr. Celia McIntosh, DNP,RN (2020-2022)
Secretary: Janelle Snow (2020-2022)
Treasurer: Marilyn Rosen (2021-2023)
Communication Strategist: Melanie Blow (2020-2022)
Ad Hoc Member: Sparkle Wells(2021-2023)
Ad Hoc Member: S.M. Hernandez (2021-2023)
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 10445
Rochester, NY 14610