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Advocating for Trafficked and High-Risk Child and Youth Victims

Target Audience: CASA/GAL Staff and Volunteer Advocates
Presenters: Megan Valdez (CASA Supervisor and Team Leader) and Rachael Ray (Volunteer Supervisor and Team Lead), Dallas CASA
Number of in-service training credit hours: 1.5
To register:

Topics to be covered during this webinar include:

A definition of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC)

Risks factors for CSEC and children/youth in foster care

How to be an effective CASA/GAL advocate when working with victims of CSEC

By participating in this training, attendees will:

Become more familiar with human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children

Learn the difference between what society thinks CSEC is and what it actually is

Develop knowledge around what puts foster youth at higher risk for CSEC

Gain an understanding of how to be an effective CASA/GAL when working with CSEC victims

Your volunteers are also welcome to join this webinar. Download the email template (Word docx) for sharing the webinar details, including registration link.


The Forgotten Podcast

  •  Navigating Court: Understanding Your Role as a Foster Parent (relevant to CASAs to better understand the Court process)
  • Mentoring Can Make a Difference in the Life of a Foster Child
  •  Avoiding Burnout

TED Talks

  •   A Global Initiative to End Violence Against Children-Howard Taylor
  •   How We Can Help Young People Build a Better Future-Henrietta Fore
  •  To Transform Child Welfare, Take Race Out of the Equation-Jessica Pryce
  •  Social Services are Broken. How Can we Fix them-Hilary Cottam
  •  A Child of the State-Lemn Sissay

 The Aged Out Podcast: The Stories that Built Us

The Peacemakers Podcast (with Randall Butler)