Human trafficking: Modern day slavery

In recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, WPO co-hosted a brown bag lunch.

from left to right: Ms. Tanya Burrwell, APA WPO Staff, Ms. Chyna Crawford, Courtney's House, Ms. Tina Frundt, Courney's House, and Ms. Jan-Sheri Morris, APA Graduate Education and Training (credit: Ms. Kari Hill)On February 1, 2012, the APA Women’s Programs Office, the Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training Office and the Neighborhood Opportunities for Volunteer Activities (NOVA) Committee hosted a brown bag lunch for APA staff in recognition of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month featuring Tina Frundt, Founder and Executive Director of Courtney’s House.

Frundt, also a survivor of domestic sex trafficking, discussed the importance of providing programs and services for domestic victims. “Trafficking of American children is often not heard about. The focus is often on foreign trafficking, she says. Due to a lack of funding for programs for trafficking victims, minors are all too often arrested, charged with child prostitution and placed in juvenile detention centers which are unsafe.” She is currently working to get legislation that will prevent children from being arrested and charged with child prostitution and to will allow them to receive services. Dr. Marsha Liss, PhD, member of the newly formed APA Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls, also in attendance, emphasized the importance of services and supports that prevent survivors from being sent into situations where they're at risk.

Tina Frundt, Courtney's House (credit: Ms. Kari Hill)“There has to be appropriate counseling for survivors of trafficking — services are key,” says Frundt.

Staff had the opportunity to view a segment of Our America with Lisa Ling: 3 AM Girls, which featured Frundt and Lisa Ling going undercover to expose the world of domestic minor sex trafficking in the nation’s capital, followed by a question and answer period with Frundt.

Their website lists the following as their mission statement. Courtney’s House is a D.C. area non-profit organization committed to providing loving environment for girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 18 who are survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking. 

Courtney’s House provides programs and services designed for young survivors and their families including street outreach; a hotline by survivors for survivors; a permanent drop-in center; group therapy (art, dance, yoga); survivor-led support groups; parents support groups; mentoring services; sex trafficking assessments and follow-up; individual counseling/therapy; and intensive case management services. Courtney’s House also trains law enforcement and social service professionals, parents, schools and other organizations.

For more information on Courtney’s House, please visit the website.

For more information on Our America with Lisa Ling: 3AM Girls, please visit the website.