January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, an opportunity to learn about and share information about human trafficking. 


This January, let’s learn more about human trafficking, so we can keep ourselves, others, and our communities safe.  Let’s take these messages to our workplaces, schools, churches, representatives, and everywhere else.


We ask you to commit to take just one action during this month.  You could learn how to spot the signs of trafficking, help educate others, attend a program, or share information with your colleagues, friends and family.


Or, contact the Collaborative to learn how we can help you, your business, organization, church, or agency with specific education and training.  Feel free to contact us anytime at info@collabtoendht.org or 440-872-6500.

Events and Programs

Sunday, January 9

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


Tuesday, January 11

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Wear blue to raise awareness about human trafficking, take a picture of yourself, and share it on social media, along with the #WearBlueDay hashtag.


Thursday, January 13

Ohio Attorney General’s Annual Human Trafficking Summit


Tuesday, January 18, at 9am

Tune into WCPN’s Sound of Ideas program, which will feature a discussion on human trafficking.


Thursday, January 20, 6-7pm

Fundamentals of Human Trafficking

A free online educational program with Alicia Ley, Program Specialist, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking

Register Today


Friday, January 21, 12:30-1pm

Tune into WKYC’s We The People program for an interview with Kirsti Mouncey, President & CEO, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking


Monday, January 24, 2-3pm

Engaging With Youth About Human Trafficking

A free online educational program with Marya Simmons, Director of Programming, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking

Register Today


Wednesday, January 26, at 12pm

City Club of Cleveland Virtual Forum

Human Trafficking: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and the Law



  • Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDCIII

      President & CEO, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking

  • Yasmin Vafa

     Executive Director, Rights4Girls


The Collaborative is the City Club’s community partner for this virtual event. To register: https://www.cityclub.org/forums/2022/01/26/human-trafficking-the-intersection-of-race-gender-and-the-law



Human trafficking, often categorized by sex and labor trafficking, is widespread in the United States. Victims of human trafficking can come from any background, however according to the U.S. Department of Justice, 94% of sex trafficking victims are female, 40% are Black, and 24% are Latinx. And in South Dakota, where Native American women are only 8% of the population, they represent 40% of sex trafficking victims. These statistics are staggering. Add to this, a recent report by Georgetown University found that sexual abuse is one of the leading predictors of girls’ entry into the juvenile justice system—effectively creating a sexual abuse to prison pipeline for those already victimized.


Just last year, the state of Ohio scored an F on their Shared Hope International report card on human trafficking. How can we better engage our communities, businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations to address human trafficking? And what are the best practices across healthcare, public safety, and more, that can help support victims of this underground epidemic?


Last month, our City Club Youth Forum Council shed light on unequal reporting and investigations of missing person cases involving women of color. Now, join us virtually on Wednesday, January 26th, as we mark Human Trafficking Awareness Month. We will hear from Kirsti Mouncey, President & CEO of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and Yasmin Vafa, Executive Director at Rights4Girls on intersection of race, gender, violence, and the law as it pertains to human trafficking.


The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.


Thursday, January 27, at 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

2022 “Turn the Hills Blue” Anti-Human Trafficking Conference

Register Today


Thursday, January 27, at 7:30pm

WKYC will hold a Town Hall program on human trafficking via livestream


Saturday, January 29, at 3 pm to Sunday, January 30 at 11:45 pm

48 HVMF 20 in Support of Collaborative to End Human Trafficking

Learn More

Learn More

Check out the Collaborative’s new resource, Slipping Through The Cracks: 10 Things To Know About Child Trafficking