The second annual Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Summit looks to build on the success of the first event, which drew more than 100 community members last October, county officials said.
The summit is intended to bring people together to talk about preventing sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children — and to stress that it does have a local impact.
“The response to the first summit was great,” said Program Coordinator Lisa Baker. “We had schools, youth pastors (and) community organizations including drug prevention groups and children’s advocates who want to know more about what to do and how to prevent it.”
The summit will be held from 8:30-11:45 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 50 E. Morris St.
Keynote speaker Salka Valerio will give attendees at the summit a first-hand account of what it’s like to survive human trafficking. A Safe Harbour outreach and case worker at the Crime Victim’s Assistance Center in Binghamton, Valerio will provide insight and perspective on serving victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Sexual exploitation and trafficking of children under the age of 18 can occur when a child engages in sex or labor in exchange for something of value, or through force, fraud or coercion, officials said. The victims may even be told their survival depends on sexual favors or labor.
“People want to think it doesn’t happen here,” Baker said. “Well, it does.”
Runaway and homeless children or those involved in substance abuse themselves or through a family member are particularly at risk of trafficking, she said.
But sex trafficking isn’t just restricted to abusive homes or drug dealers, Baker said, noting the recent headlines surrounding financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was charged with sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14.
“The point is this can happen anywhere, and we want it to stop everywhere,” she said.
This year’s summit also will include an overview of the school curriculum “Not A Number,” which helps children 12-18 from all backgrounds recognize and prevent human trafficking, county officials said.
An introduction to services Steuben is providing at its new Child Advocacy Center is also planned.
Reservations are required by Oct. 18. Calli Lisa Baker at 664-2100 or e-mail Lisa.Baker@SteubenCountyNY.gov.
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