Hands that Heal Training – Vanguard University


Hands That Heal: International Curriculum to Train Caregivers of Trafficking Survivors provides a comprehensive approach to serving victims of trafficking and educating caregivers so that they may appropriately and effectively provide care and support. This curriculum was developed in two editions: Community-Based and Academic Edition.

The Hands That Heal Community-Based Edition is used in participatory, informal training sessions called Training of Trainers (TOTs) to prepare others to teach Hands That Heal in their community.


If you have questions about the event, please contact the Global Center for Women and Justice by email or at 714.966.6360. Registration fees are non-refundable.

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November 18 – How Technology is used to Recruit, Groom and Exploit Victims of Child Sex Trafficking


How Technology is used to Recruit, Groom and Exploit Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

November 18, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET 

he MECP and AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program invite you to participate in this month’s webinar entitled, “How Technology is used to Recruit, Groom and Exploit Victims of Child Sex Trafficking” with Maia Sciupac and Leah Treitman from Thorn, a nonprofit committed to driving innovative technology solutions to fight child sexual exploitation.

In 2012, Thorn, conducted a survey with child sex trafficking survivors, on the role technology played in their commercial sexual exploitation. Maia Sciupac and Leah Treitman will discuss the study and its findings. 

Presenters will:

  • Discuss the findings from the national survey of child sex trafficking survivors
  • Understand the role technology plays in recruitment, exploitation and the survivor’s escape
  • Learn how this data is utilized to combat human trafficking 


About the Presenters

Maia Sciupac

Program Manager, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Maia works as a Program Manager for Thorn, a nonprofit that powers innovative technology solutions to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She also serves as a human trafficking consultant for Fox Valley Technical College/Department of Justice. Prior to Thorn, Maia came from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she spearheaded the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.) Watch Program, a nationally recognized, award-winning 5-point strategy to combat modern-day slavery. While at H.E.A.T. Watch, she developed several initiatives, such as an annual billboard campaign, graphic novel series, community engagement app, radio show, online H.E.A.T. Watch toolkit, and a weekly, multidisciplinary SafetyNet Program to address the stabilization and needs of at risk and involved CSEC youth.

In 2010, Maia worked directly with survivors as a Client Services & Outreach Fellow for Polaris, a national NGO dedicated to combatting domestic human trafficking. She also started her own radio show about modern-day slavery, and interned for The SOLD Project to raise money for educational scholarships for children at risk of commercial sexual exploitation in Thailand. Maia holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and is pursuing her M.B.A. from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Leah Treitman

Program Manager, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Leah Treitman is the Program Manager for Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. She works on many of Thorn’s programs, which are focused on using technology to prevent and combat child sexual exploitation. Thorn does this work by conducting research, developing tech tools, creating deterrence programs, and managing a technology task force that brainstorms and implements new solutions to this problem.

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September 18 – CARE 18 LA ~ Men Standing Against Trafficking

Wednesday, September 16th @ 11am
The Dream Center
2301 Bellevue Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Silent Witness of Men Standing Against Trafficking
September 18th, 2015 from 10-11:18pm
1941 W Florence Avenue
Los Angeles, CA


Save the Date!
FIAT: Faith Initiative Against Trafficking
October 24th, 2015 at 10am (HT101 at 9am)
2222 Palos Verdes Dr N,
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274


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July 27 – Webinar Series: Serving Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking

Serving Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking: Intervention

The MECP and AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program invite you to participate in this month’s webinar entitled, “Serving Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking- Part 2” with Leslie Briner, Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training and Policy Coordinator for YouthCare. Leslie also operates Notes from the Ground, a training and consulting practice in Seattle, focused on developing resources and capacity to respond to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. 

Ms. Briner will expand upon last month’s webinar to discuss intervention strategies for victims of sex trafficking. She will also examine how service providers can improve intervention efforts through relationship building, harm reduction and safety planning. Participants are encouraged to review Part I prior to participating in this month’s event.

Participants will: 

* Identify the stages of change among victims who have been sexually exploited
* Identify tools and techniques to improve rapport with victims and properly intervene
* Learn how to discuss safety and incorporate safety planning with victims

To register for this webinar, select the title below:

 Serving Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking: Intervention

July 27th, 2015

2:00-3:00 PM ET

About the Presenter 

Leslie Briner has worked in the field of direct services with children, youth and families for eighteen years. She began working in programs serving families experiencing homelessness, youth with developmental disabilities, youth in the foster care system and with commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth. Leslie served as the Program Director of Youth Services at SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation) in San Francisco, CA from 2005 to 2007. After relocating to Seattle to attend graduate school she consulted for the City of Seattle Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division and developed 40-hour, community-based training and programming to respond to sexually exploited youth.  In 2010, Leslie joined YouthCare. She is charged with implementing the Bridge Continuum of Services for Sexually Exploited Youth in Seattle, WA. 

 Currently, Leslie is the part time Commercial Sexual Exploitation Training and Policy Coordinator for YouthCare and she teaches social work at the University of Washington, School of Social Work. Leslie is board member for the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) and for Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST). In all aspects of life, Ms. Briner is committed to social justice values and practices. Leslie is originally from the San Francisco, Bay Area. She relocated to Seattle in 2007 and holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington.


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August 18 – Men Standing Against Trafficking

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Men Standing Against Trafficking

Human Trafficking is happening here in our own backyards.  As the men of Los Angeles, we’re not willing to let it continue.  Stand up for the voiceless.  Stand against the abusers. Stand together as protectors of the innocent. Stand. It’s that simple.

We meet the 18th of each month at trafficking hotspots across LA. On August 18th we will meet at 555 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90806. Parking is free in the lot and there is additional street parking if needed.

Register by clicking on any of the dates below:


Tuesday, August 18th – Long Beach

Friday, September 18th – South LA

Sunday, October 18th – TBD

We stand from 10 pm-11:18 pm.  One hour and 18 minutes of silent witness.

  • 9:00-9:30 Arrive, find parking, check in, sign banner & get event T-shirt (if desired)
  • 9:30 Quick orientation
  • 10:00-11:18 Stand at designated location
  • Walk back to cars and go home

Half the proceeds will be used to resource organizations within the hotspot area and half will be used to continue the fight across LA.

Wear a white shirt and jeans to demonstrate your solidarity. While we prefer for advance RSVP’s for planning purposes you are welcome to just show up on the night of as well if you are able! Event t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event. Event is open to only to men 18 and over.

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