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Training session on human trafficking set in Jamestown

The North Dakota Department of Human Services Children and Family Services Division in partnership with the University of North Dakota Children and Family Services Training Center will host a training session on human trafficking from 9 a.m. to 4...

The North Dakota Department of Human Services Children and Family Services Division in partnership with the University of North Dakota Children and Family Services Training Center will host a training session on human trafficking from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Quality Inn & Suites, 507 25th St. SW, in Jamestown.
The Jamestown training session is one of four training sessions statewide on human trafficking with emphasis on recognizing commercial sexual exploitation of children. Social workers, counselors, law enforcement and juvenile court officials, foster parents and other child welfare professionals who work with children are encouraged to participate in the training session.
Erin Wirsing, a human trafficking expert, will share information on understanding the myths, definitions and facts about sex-trafficked children, identifying survivors and their needs and integrating effective services for children affected by sex trafficking.
Other topics include a review of the new Public Law 113-183, Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Family Act, motivational interviewing techniques, incorporating trauma-informed care and other strategies when interacting with survivors, trauma triggers, safety planning and more.
“Among the diverse population of people affected by human trafficking, children are at particular risk,” said Shari Doe, director of the department’s Children and Family Services Division. “Traffickers target vulnerable children such as children in the child welfare system. This training will help everyone who works with children understand the complex nature of trafficking and build community partnerships to develop child-centered services and protections for victimized youth.”
There is no cost to attend the training, but preregistration is required. Individuals can register online and obtain a brochure at http://bit.ly/1I8yKZq .
The training is approved for social work continuing-education credits and Peace Officer Standards and Training credits for all North Dakota law enforcement professionals.
For more information on the training, contact the North Dakota Department of Human Services Children and Family Services Division at (701) 328-2316, toll free (800) 245-3736, ND Relay TTY (800) 366-6888 or email dhscfs@nd.gov .

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