Professionals who work with youth are uniquely positioned to intervene and create safe spaces for youth. Outside of school, there are multiple professionals that may come into contact with high-risk youth who are being trafficked or are currently experiencing exploitation. There are many layers of training and policy to navigate and intervene in keeping youth safe. Ho‘ōla Nā Pua provides professional training to a broad range of adults who interface with youth at critical points of intervention. These include healthcare workers, law enforcement, military personnel, social workers, and tourism industry professionals.
Each of these professionals may have the opportunity to intervene at a critical juncture; a healthcare worker seeing a child with injuries sustained from abuse and exploitation; an officer who is called to a scene where an adult speaks on behalf of a child that may be a victim; a front desk hotel employee who books a room for a guest who pays cash and seems to be controlling a youth who looks scared.
Each training is customized and provides foundational understanding of the issue and appropriate trauma-informed response. The training material, although all thoroughly rooted in research and best practices, is adapted to fit the audience members’ role in helping to stop trafficking.
An explanation of the definition of sex trafficking
Prevalence nationally and locally
Who is vulnerable
The economics of the commercial sexual exploitation
Impact of trafficking
Trainings are developed so trainees understand their sector’s role in the community response. Ho‘ōla Nā Pua works closely with law enforcement partners to provide these professional trainings. We believe it is important to equip individuals with knowledge and practical skills to appropriately take action when they suspect trafficking in the community. Everyone in our community plays a role in ending the exploitation of our children.
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“Ho`ōla Nā Pua, meaning ‘New Life for Our Children,’ was founded to shine light onto the dark criminal enterprise of sex trafficking, placing the health of Hawaii’s youth at the center of our mission and vision for our community.”