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2024 Human Trafficking Academy

July 29, 2024 | 9:00 am - August 2, 2024 | 3:15 pm

In Person or Remote
9:00 am – 3:15 pm

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that “1 in 6 of the more than 28,800 cases of children reported missing to NCMEC in 2023 were likely victims of child sex trafficking,” and of the children who were reported missing and run away from the welfare system, 19% were likely victims of sex trafficking. The U.S. Department and Health of Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, concludes in its 2022 Report that 65% of children in their review were not screened for whether they were victims of sex trafficking after they returned to foster care system, as required by Federal and State law.

In Florida, the Department of Children and Families reports that in the period 2022-2023, its Florida Abuse Hotline recorded 1627 cases involving children alleging human trafficking maltreatments.

This issue is also prevalent at the global level. In 2022, the UNODC brought to the fore the fact that young victims under the age of 18 were mostly identified as human trafficking cases in our next-door neighboring countries of Central America and the Caribbean.

These statistics reveal an enormous problem of child trafficking in our society. The Human Trafficking Academy invites you to address the issue of youth trafficking in one intensive week of coursework. The Academy will examine the risk factors that make youth susceptible to human trafficking, such as adverse childhood experiences, technology and health risk behaviors, children involved with the juvenile justice system, those placed in child welfare etc. The experts in this training will also explore the reasons why the system fails to effectively address youth vulnerability, discuss the gaps in policy, law, and practice related to youth protection and safety, and it will search for solutions for the best way forward.

Eminent experts from multidisciplinary areas of law and social sciences will gather at St. Thomas College of Law to share their invaluable expertise and experience at this year’s Academy.

Child service institutions, law enforcement agencies, service providers, health care professionals, state and federal agencies, practitioners, journalists, academics, undergraduate and graduate students, human trafficking survivors, religious institutions and the general public are all welcome to attend, as we work together to better serve children and restore their freedom and dignity.

A remote attendance option is available for those who cannot travel.*


Standard: $400
(Deadline : Friday, July 12, 2024)

A 25% discount is available for
(1) students with proof of valid student I.D.; or
(2) organizations/institutions that register three or more participants.

* Full Scholarships for Survivors of Human Trafficking *

Please contact us for further details at humantrafficking@stu.edu or 305-628-2322.


Curriculum, schedule and instructor information will be forthcoming.

*Certificate Awarded by St. Thomas University College of Law.*
CLE Credits pending approval by the Florida Bar.


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* The Academy strongly encourages all participants to attend the Academy in person at the St. Thomas University College of Law campus in Miami, Florida.  However, for those who cannot travel, the Academy may be viewed remotely (materials will be provided electronically).  Please note that the remote format will be a livestream of the event only (no discussion boards) and must be viewed by remote participants in real time.  A link for the live sessions will be provided to online participants to view each course synchronously via Zoom (no recordings will be available once the live session has ended).  The ability to ask questions of instructors or directly participate in working groups will be unavailable for those who choose the remote attendance option.


July 29, 2024 | 9:00 am
August 2, 2024 | 3:15 pm


St. Thomas University Benjamin L. Crump College of Law
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054 United States
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