#NCFYchat: “Youth Homelessness and Sex Trafficking: Making the Connection,” January 30 at 2 p.m. EST

Please join the Family and Youth Services Bureau for a Twitter chat about youth homelessness and sex trafficking.

Co-hosted by Covenant House International, the chat will spur a dialogue on ways that runaway and homeless youth providers can better identify sexually exploited young people and meet their needs to prevent further exploitation.

Combatting sex trafficking is a priority of the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs. Unaccompanied youth living away from home often face the difficult choice to trade sex for shelter or resources, a decision that puts them at greater risk for sex trafficking. Others are approached directly by pimps and traffickers on the street or even at shelters.

How can runaway and homeless youth providers identify exploited youth, offer safe housing and provide resources to help them heal?

During the Twitter chat, Covenant House International will share their research on homelessness, survival sex and human trafficking (PDF, 8,138KB), as experienced by youth in the organization’s New York shelter. We’ll also encourage participants to share their thoughts on what it takes to tackle this urgent problem.

When: January 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST
Who (Co-Hosts): The Family and Youth Services Bureau’s National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (@NCFY) and Covenant House International (@CovenantHouse)
Hashtag: #NCFYchat
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