Thousands of children run away or are kicked out of their homes every night. These children are some of the most vulnerable in our country. Runaway and homeless youth are easily exploited by traffickers who know the populations to target and who can easily be controlled. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) is a crucial piece of national legislation that aids to protect these vulnerable children. The re-authorization calls for increased services, emergency shelters and more. We will be discussing the vulnerabilities of runaway and homeless youth, why the RHYTPA is essential to their safety, and what YOU can do to help us get this piece of legislation passed.
The End Trafficking Project at +UNICEF USA
will be joined with experts in the field from +Polaris
, +Covenant House
and National Network for Youth. Please join us for this crucial conversation.
Malea Otranto: End Trafficking Fellow, UNICEF USA End Trafficking Project
Darla Bardine: Executive: Director, National Network for Youth
Jayne Bigelsen: Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives, Covenant House NY
Valerie Schmitt: Human Trafficking Advisory Specialist, Polaris
Meredith Zauflik: UNICEF USA Congressional Action Team Member