January 2019 Anti-Trafficking major events and trainings

January 17th Governor’s proclamation signing for Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month

It’s my privilege to write to you at the start of 2019 and to announce major events to launch Iowa’s observance of “Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month”.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Iowans used to think of slavery as a barbaric practice of the past but more of us are now realizing that the practice of enslaving human beings as property still exists in our country and in our state. Globally, there are more people living as slaves right now then at any other time in all of human history.

The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery has long advocated for Iowans to learn that this evil crime is an everyday occurrence in our own state. Declaring January 2019 as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month” will serve as a springboard for building public awareness.

Iowa State CapitolOn Thursday, January 17th at 11:00 AM, Governor Kim Reynolds will be signing the 2019 Proclamation and all advocates. All anti-trafficking advocates and allies are encouraged to come to the rotunda of the State Capitol Bldg in Des Moines to participate as we recommit ourselves to eradicating this most heinous type of exploration.

Invitation to Speak to Legislators on January 17th Day on the Hill

Angela Davis and Maggie Tinsman, co-chairs of the NAHT Legislative Advocacy Committee also invite anti-trafficking advocates from across Iowa, like you, to speak to your local legislators on January 17th.

Teens Against Human Trafficking (TAHT) will be joining us for this special Day on the Hill. They will also be speaking to their hometown legislators.

day-on-the-hill-flyer-2019_500x647Please add January 17th to your calendar and help us to spread the word in order to get as many advocates to participate as possible. Print off or email the Day On The Hill Flyer (PDF) to help us spread the word. If you can join us on January 17th, please let your state representative and senator know that you will be planning to meet and talk to them about supporting legislation to fight human trafficking. If you cannot participate on January 17th, we ask that you send the Day On The Hill Flyer (PDF) to your legislator with a personal note expressing your concern with this growing problem. Ask your legislator to attend the 11:00 AM proclamation signing event.

The following is the itinerary for your participation in January 17th Hill Day:

9:00 – 10:30 AM: Legislative Committee and ambassadors meet briefly at the rotunda with NAHT allies, TAHT, NAHT Board members and volunteers at the rotunda of the Capitol Building. Guide NAHT and allies through the process of socializing with legislators. Review talking points. Begin to visit with your legislators. If you are unfamiliar with the process to request to speak with legislators, we can help.

Step one: Send in a note at the front of each chamber.
Step two: Introduce yourself and your involvement with NAHT.
Step three: Talk about the NAHT legislative priorities.
Step four: Ask for their support. Leave handouts behind, and thank them for their service.

10:00 AM – Noon: Anti-Trafficking information table available to legislators and public at rotunda.

11:00 – 11:30 AM: Governor Reynolds signs proclamation and Presentation of Outstanding Anti-Trafficking Service Awards at the rotunda.

Noon – 1:30 PM: IA NAHT Board of Directors meets in Room 116 of the State Capitol Building. Allies and TAHT are welcome to attend.

Ask your City Council to adopt a local proclamation for January 2019

Another important request to all anti-trafficking advocates and NAHT Board members is to approach your city council or board of supervisors to locally declare January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. A copy of an example proclamation that you could propose be adopted is found by clicking this link: Sample Proclamation

An example acceptance script to your City Council is as follows:

“Good afternoon/evening. My name is ____________________________ and I am a member of the _____________ (name your regional or local anti-human trafficking agency or coalition or faith community.) On behalf of the _______________, I would like to thank Mayor _______________ and the Council for recognizing the problem of human trafficking by issuing this proclamation. The _________________ was formed with the purpose of “working toward abolishing all forms of human trafficking through education, advocacy, and collaboration.” We look forward to working with the council, the police and the many agencies and concerned local citizens of _______________________ to end trafficking in our community. Thank you.”

Take a photo at your local government proclamation signing and submit it for publication in your local newspaper. What a great way to create public awareness and recognition of this growing problem across Iowa and within your own home community. Please send us a copy of your photo of your local proclamation signing to administrator@iowanaht.org.

Here is an example.

bettendorf-proclamationIn eastern Iowa, Alyse Hardin and Maggie Tinsman, Network Board members, got the new year off to a great start by attending the Bettendorf City Council Meeting January 2nd where Mayor Robert Gallagher officially proclaimed January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Maggie and Alyse have proclamations scheduled for Davenport and the Scott County Board of Supervisors in Iowa. They also have three proclamations scheduled in Illinois as they also serve Rock Island County as well.

2019 statewide “Iowa Rescue Sticker” project and NAHT Strategic plan progress report

With the start of a new year and renewed commitment to ending human trafficking in Iowa, the NAHT has written a brief progress report on its 2018 strategic plan goals. We have also decided to carryover a few of our 2018 goals into 2019. In addition are two new goals in 2019 including the statewide distribution of the new Iowa Human Trafficking Rescue Sticker shown below.

Iowa Rescue Sticker

The Network will begin distribution of the sticker at our Day on the Hill January 17th, 2019. We will have written instructions for how and where to display the stickers along with business owner consent and documentation of completed posting sites. We will soon be placing a call for volunteers to help the Iowa NAHT to distribute stickers throughout Iowa.

The 2017-2019 strategic plan goal progress report can be found here: 2017-2019 Strategic Goals and Progress Report (PDF)
The 2019 goals are shown below.

  1. Place more public awareness emphasis and training on labor trafficking and to advocate for improved rescue and service for labor trafficking survivors. Co-sponsor Labor Trafficking seminar in Des Moines on January 17, 2019.
  2. Plan and initiate a major statewide Rescue Sticker project. The stickers will display both the national and Iowa crisis call phone and text numbers. Negotiated an understanding with In Our Backyard to distribute their National Freedom Sticker to Iowa convenience stores. The NAHT will distribute its Rescue Sticker to all other appropriate Iowa locations.
  3. Establish an Iowa NAHT Fundraising Committee and fundraising goal and solicitation plan. Consider inviting non BOD volunteers.
  4. Plan and initiate a major statewide training program for hotel/motel employees. The goal is to educate the hospitality industry to recognize the signs of trafficking and how to report. Partner with Nebraska Coalition for curriculum and training model, as well as with regional coalitions.
  5. Plan and carry-out a major statewide initiative to prevent and fight prostitution and trafficking in Iowa massage businesses. Ask coalitions and advocates to approach local city councils to adopt ordinances to regulate massage businesses.
  6. Establish a Speaker’s Bureau and Conference Cmte. Recruit a volunteer or board member to chair the cmte. Goal is to match qualified anti-trafficking speakers to requests from across Iowa.

Iowa anti-trafficking legislation scores a B

The Network is excited to share the breaking news that our home state of IA has received a…


…in the 2018 Protected Innocence Challenge State Grades released last month by Shared Hope Intern’l. IA is doing a good job passing laws to fight sex and labor trafficking. But there is still work to be done and we need your help to speak to legislators on January 17th, 2019.

Tweet and share the grade with your legislators! By encouraging your elected officials to prioritize legislation in 2019 that addresses human trafficking and bring traffickers and buyers to justice. We need your voice on January 17th, 2019.

Three Iowa training opportunities in January 2019

  1. You are invited to register to attend a labor trafficking training seminar in Des Moines on Tuesday, January 29th. This is a three hour free seminar which takes place at Plymouth Church, 4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. For more information or to register see the flyer below.


  1. Another anti-trafficking opportunity is available on the Eastern side of Iowa. See the flyer below for details.


  1. On January 10, the Set Me Free Project will be giving a presentation in South Sioux City (College Center, Room 126-1001 College Way) from 6:30-8:30 pm for parents and adult community members on human trafficking prevention and protecting our children. It is free but a free will offering will be taken.
    For more information, setmefreeproject.net 402.521.3080
    To register, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/7HN835L.

Resources for Health Care Professionals Webinar

The American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative joins the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) and HEAL Trafficking to provide key resources and information on how hospitals and health systems can combat human trafficking in their communities.

Learn more from leading human trafficking response programs about the new ICD-10 codes for human trafficking, your role as a healthcare professional, and how your organization can prepare and create systems that can help end human trafficking.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Inform current and future anti-trafficking efforts for the healthcare field
  • Create understanding of leading practices, policies, and procedures to prepare and create systems to improve the response to victims of human trafficking
  • Become familiar with trauma-informed care practices and survivor-informed programming

Webinar date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (eastern)
Register here
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