Updated/Expanded Iowa Resource Directory Now Available

One of the NAHT strategic plan goals for 2020 was a major expansion of the Network’s resource directory. We have been working on this update for 9 months, and the expanded directory is now complete. The Network invites you to review this important Iowa resource document and if you see any errors or omissions, please let us know: administrator@iowanaht.org. The directory can be downloaded here: PDF version. If you wish to look at or print off one of the seventeen sections of the table of contents (see below), click on the section header and it will take you to where it is on the Network website.  The 25 page directory can also be accessed on the Network web site: www.IowaNAHT.org.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

(CLICK TO VIEW EACH SECTION)

  1. CRISIS LINES
  2. IOWA STATEWIDE SOURCES OF INFORMATION
  3. IOWA DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDERS AND RESTORATION SERVICES
  4. STATE GRANT PROJECTS FUNDED BY CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE DIVISION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE
  5. MINORITY, CULTURALLY-SPECIFIC, REFUGEE, AND IMMIGRANT SURVIVOR SERVICES
  6. IOWA DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICE AGENCIES & ADULT SHELTERS
  7. IOWA PREVENTION AND EDUCATION HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROJECTS
  8. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES
  9. BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, AND PROFESSIONS
  10. ANTI-TRAFFICKING SPECIAL PROJECTS
  11. ANTI-LABOR TRAFFICKING PRODUCTS
  12. FAITH COMMUNITIES – NATIONAL
  13. IOWA AND NATIONAL REPORTS
  14. DOCUMENTARIES
  15. BOOKS
  16. SCHOOL CURRICULA
  17. CITY, COUNTY, AND REGIONAL COALITIONS IN IOWA

Des Moines Man Charged with Sex Trafficking Eight Victims

In a press release from the US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Iowa, Marlin Santana Thomas, age 45, of Des Moines, has been charged in federal court with sex trafficking eight victims, announced United States Attorney, Marc Krickbaum. In August, a United States Grand Jury filed a Superseding Indictment in the United States District Court charging Thomas with the offenses. Thomas appeared before a federal magistrate judge on September 2, 2020, and is currently detained in federal custody.

Thomas is charged with sex trafficking seven adult victims by force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion, and is alleged to have sex trafficked one minor victim. Thomas is charged with trafficking victims over nearly a decade, from as early as September 2009, up until February 2018. Thomas is also charged with distributing heroin to two victims, who were under the age of twenty- one, and with several related offenses, such as transporting victims out of state for the purpose of prostitution. In late February 2018, Thomas was arrested as part of a separate federal drug investigation, for which he is currently serving a federal prison term.

If convicted, Thomas is subject to a fifteen-year mandatory minimum prison term for sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, up to life imprisonment. Sex trafficking of children 14 years of age and older, without the allegation of force, fraud, or coercion, carries a ten year mandatory minimum, and a maximum term of life in prison.

Anyone who suspects human trafficking is occurring, be it a minor engaging in paid sex acts, or anyone being coerced into prostitution or labor, is urged to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. If anyone has information about this defendant, Marlin Santana Thomas, they are urged to call the Des Moines Police Department Vice/Narcotics Office at 515-237-1516, or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

This case is being investigated by the Des Moines Police Department and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Invitation to Participate in October 17th Global Freedom Summit

A21, (www.a21.org) is an international anti-trafficking non-profit organization of modern day abolitionists. Their mission is to free slaves and disrupt the demand. A21 has 17 locations across the globe including: Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and four sites in the United States.

On October 21st, A21 will host a free Global Freedom Summit. This is a one-day event to equip volunteers to play a part in abolishing human trafficking in their city, anti-trafficking coalition region, state, or country. On October 17th, A21 will gather together for a global one-hour broadcast that will equip, train, and inspire people around the globe to play their part in abolishing modern-day slavery. On October 17th, you are asked to take action in your city to carry out a local project, advancing the fight for freedom through tangible and practical action steps. To become a local or project host, tap here. A21 will supply everything; volunteers and hosts will be needed.

Click the image below to watch this less than two-minute video about the Global Freedom Summit:

Click this image to watch a short video

Walk to Bring Awareness to Human Trafficking

There have been few in-person trainings or events due to the danger of exposure to Covid-19. However, a peaceful assembly and walk to bring awareness to human trafficking and child exploitation brought together forty masked advocates in Coralville, Iowa late last month. Teresa Davidson of Chains Interrupted, Iowa Senator Kevin Kinney, and Iowa Representative Jeff Shipley were all speakers following the walk. A newly formed local Coralville group calling itself End Human Trafficking Iowa organized the event with support from the Johnson County Human Trafficking Coalition. For more information about the End Human Trafficking Iowa group, contact Danielle Burch whose email is danielleburch2500@gmail.com.

Information, Articles, and Resources

  1. Shared Hope International has a blog post entitled “Fact or Conspiracy Theory? How the Spread of Misinformation Threatens Effective Solutions That Address Child Sex Trafficking“. Shared Hope is also continuing its Internet Safety Back To School Webinar series. Here is a webinar and how to register: Sept 30, 2020 @ 7 – 8 PM ET – Internet Safety for GenZ: A Conversation for & with Youth: Safely Navigating the Dangers (and Wonders) of the Internet. Registration can be found here: https://sharedhope.org/what-we-do/prevent/training/#upcomingwebinars.
  2. Missing Children Rescued in Sex-Trafficking Bust in Georgia – News Video Clip, Nearly 40 Missing and Endangered Children Rescued (article)
    https://www.wsbtv.com/video/local-video/more-than-2-dozen-children-rescued-human-trafficking-bust/d3b8231a-f7f3-4ea4-9266-261a8c7277d8/
  3. Why Education is the Greatest Human Trafficking Prevention Tool – an article by Valerie Ellery
    https://inservice.ascd.org/why-education-is-the-greatest-human-trafficking-prevention-tool/
  4. United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report – July 2020
    https://www.state.gov/united-states-advisory-council-on-human-trafficking-annual-report-2020/
  5. 3 Strands Global Education Project
    This is a well tested education program that is being required in California schools. The philosophy is “an educated child is a protected child”. Over 500,000 students have been trained across California, Texas, and Utah and the number is growing.
    https://www.3strandsglobalfoundation.org/
  6. “Why Prevention Education” – Speech presented at National Roundtable on Safeguarding Children and Prevention Education
    https://love146.org/why-prevention-education/
  7. The NO Project – Developed by Boston University, The No Project is an award winning educational anti-slavery campaign that specifically targets youth awareness of modern slavery through film, music, art, creative writing, education, and social media. This educational program was developed by Boston University.
    https://www.thenoproject.org/the-no-project/about-the-no-project-2/
  8. Five minute video of prosecutors discussing why human trafficking cases take so long and are so difficult getting to court. Plus a Des Moines Register guest editorial entitled “Child Sex Trafficking Risks are Increasing because Covid-19. Why?”
    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2020/09/05/child-sex-trafficking-risks-increasing-because-covid-19/5685465002/
  9. Podcast on example of overzealous advocacy or good anti-trafficking law?
    Click here for Podcast
  10. Human Trafficking “Modern Day Slavery” Promoting the Need for Adequate Screening, Assessment, and Interventions for Physical and Mental Conditions by Health Professionals
    Link to full article here
  11. This is a journal article entitled “Mental Health Service Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth”. This was just published and is nine pages that are worth reading.
    Link to full article here
  12. Potato Slaves – The Cost of an H-2A visa in Texas
    https://www.univision.com/especiales/noticias/2020/potato-slaves/index.html
  13. The Human Trafficking and Public Health Association has released its Human Trafficking Prevention toolkit. In this toolkit, you’ll find their Human Trafficking Prevention Overview, an overview of what human trafficking is and the public health approach to violence prevention, an exploration of the historical context that informs their current frameworks and gaps, tips for effective upstream prevention, and strategies for incorporating a harm reduction lens into your human trafficking prevention work, as well as critical considerations in selecting a prevention strategy.
    You can find the toolkit here: http://nccasa.org/announcements/human-trafficking-prevention-toolkit/.