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Human Trafficking Awareness
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT
Category: Training

 Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom from people for profit. In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into selling sex or labor. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, regardless of age, sex, race, gender, or class. In this 2 hour training, attendees will become familiar with the terminology, gain insight into vulnerable populations, learn how to avoid common mistakes when working with survivors, and discover solutions. Learn how you can make a difference and be a part of someone’s story back to freedom just by being more aware!


- In 2017, the average age of victims recovered was 15
- Children, teens, and adults are victimized
- Covid-19 has increased the dangers as more youth are on social media and internet sites

Trainer: Ruth Buckels - Ruth I. E. Buckels, LMSW is the Community Prevention Program Manager for YSS (Youth & Shelter Services) in Ames, IA.  In this role, Ruth serves youth and families through education and awareness building on multiple subject areas, including human trafficking.  Ruth was educated about human trafficking through AMP, the Iowa Foster Care Youth Council in Iowa where youth share their stories as advocacy.  Over 200 victims and survivors have shared their stories with Ruth with the agreement that she uses the story to increase safety for others.  Ruth was a licensed foster parent for teenagers 1988 to 2019; a biological parent; an adoptive parent since 2008.  Eight of Ruth’s adopted children were trafficked in Iowa.    


Registration will begin at 12:30pm. Training will start promptly at 1pm. This training is scheduled until 3:30pm.

Please note: Priority seating is provided to staff working within one of the curerent DHS child welfare service contracts, including: Family Centered Services (FCS); Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) / Group Foster Care; Child Welfare Emergency Services (CWES): Aftercare Services; Supervised Apartment Living (SAL); Recruitment, Retention, Training and Support Services (RRTS); Parent Partners; Foster Care Youth Council. If you do not work within one of the current DHS child welfare services contract, you may be bumped from the course and placed on a wait list.

At each training, participants will receive a certificate of completion based on the hours attended. For more information, please click here.

If you have questions regarding seating for the training or if you are unable to participate for any reason, please contact Katie Henry ([email protected]).


Contact: For more information contact Katie Henry, [email protected]