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Author: Celia Williamson, PhD

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Emancipation Nation (EN) Podcast is a podcast devoted to providing advocates, and those that want to be advocates, ways to competently fight various forms of human trafficking. EN will bring on guests that have been successful and will provide the audience with valuable, practical, best practice information that can be implemented.
107 Episodes
This week we welcome a driving force in anti-trafficking work involving rural and familial trafficking, Dr. Christi Bartman. She is the founder of the "Eyes Up Appalachia" Initiative, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and creating community initiatives and partnerships to combat human trafficking in Southeastern Ohio. Learn about one of her collaborative research projects called “Vulnerability Mapping” where she worked with university students to identify areas of high vulnerability for human trafficking. 
You want to get involved, but you are shy? You don’t feel like it’s your place? You’d rather wait until you finish school, quit your job, retire, move, your children get old enough, or you get old enough? Well…hold on to your hat because we have high school student Lela Tolajian that planned and implemented an International Week of Action Against Modern Slavery that was a 6-day event involving 20 countries. 
Diane Mull from End Child Labor is back to discuss the methodology she created called Pathways Advancing Viable Education/Employment (PAVE). PAVE is a thoughtful child centered approach that ensures that children receive services that are tailored to their needs while recognizing the situation in their family and the circumstances of their community. PAVE has been applied across several countries enabling them to more effectively respond to human trafficking. 
What happens when families that work in agriculture are exploited or trafficked? Join us and Diane Mull from End Child Labor to learn about unscrupulous farm labor contractors, paying taxes with few benefits, and how children have to manage going to school and also working the fields  
Cynthia Luvlee-Austin is non-profit start up specialist and founder of “Shyne San Diego” who uses her Survivor Economic Equity Program to teach survivors the skills to run their own businesses by giving them the tools to understand how to be valued and not exploited. She mentors these budding entrepreneurs from idea conception to finished product and even connects survivor-led business owners to investors. She began this meaningful work by asking a simple question, “How will survivors make money?”
Listen to this short episode of what happened when four systems that interacted with a 14-year-old trafficked girl missed all of the signs and failed to respond to the risk factors. 
After interviewing many guests from across the U.S. and around the world, Dr. Williamson answers questions about her work, why she started the podcast, her self-care routine and many more. Tune in! No question was off limits in this episode.
Anti-trafficking coalitions are often the critical core of local anti-trafficking work in a community. Dr. Celia McIntosh discusses the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking in New York and their work to address human trafficking in their community. Because of her expertise in health care, she has also established a healthcare protocol and informs the policies and practices in her community to identify and respond to victims of human trafficking. 
It starts with the sale of a simple cup of coffee and moves to providing funding for research projects focused on understanding the role played by perpetrators, which includes human traffickers and others who benefit from slavery. Matthew Clarke and wife Bella Rossini are the driving forces behind Teardrops to Joy, a sustainable commercial enterprise that uses profits from the sale of coffee to fund Freedom Keys Research which investigates and documents approaches to effective antislavery intervention founded on an understanding of restorative justice.
B.A. Crisp survived her experience to offer a successful series of books on human trafficking loosely based on real events.  She also promotes awareness in strip clubs across the U.S. and abroad. Does B.A. stand for Bad Ass? Listen and draw your own conclusions.
Dr. Marlene Carson, a thriver entrepreneur, discusses her pursuit to transform survivors and others who are afraid to pursue their own dreams to become thrivers in business. She uses her “Peer-preneur Network” to assist anyone interested in transformation. This episode is packed with resources, information on housing for survivors, interesting books written by survivors, including the “12 Steps to Transform the Exploited Soul” and a new book coming out called, “Lotion Your Ass”.
It starts with a simple cupcake and conversation and moves to providing nonjudgmental support to meet the needs of dancers, trafficked individuals, and those in the adult entertainment industry.  In 2020. without government grants or nonprofit contracts, the Cupcake Girls have met the needs of clients across 26 states with the support of 14 staff, 15 interns, 185 volunteers, and 400 community partners providing approximately 1.1 million dollars in services.
Whether you call it case management, direct service work, care coordination, or whole-person advocacy, the life changing work you do with survivors should be as effective as possible. Not because you “think” it is, but because you use best practices. Listen to this episode to better understand the three fears direct service workers have in working with survivors of human trafficking. Also listen to learn how effective case managers assess those ten critical areas that are common issues and needs of human trafficking survivors. 
Sexual assault nurse Mary Suchetka advocated to be called whenever police do a sting involving prostitution. She meets clients right at the scene to provide whatever they might need emotionally, physically, and mentally including a compassionate conversation, an emergency room visit, or a referral into substance abuse treatment and more. Mary sees the humanity in vulnerable others and provides respectful and nonjudgmental support to those that want it.
The focus for this final episode of the the three-part series on the federal Family First law focuses on how the law will directly affect those providing or who want to provide short term to longer term housing for trafficking youth and those at risk. Some tips, resources, and training opportunities are provided along with suggestions on the best elements to consider when providing programming to these youth.
Individual states have until October 1st of this year to outline how they will interpret and implement the Family First federal law in their state. The intent of this law is to work to prevent out-of-home placements when possible and improve upon out-of-home care for trafficked youth and youth at risk who need a home and quality services. Three experts explain the law and how states may choose to interpret it and how it might affect those involved.
In this three-part series we focus on child welfare’s response to youth victims of human trafficking who are in out-of-home placements. Experts explain federal laws related to human trafficking (in this first episode), it's translation by the states (second episode), and implementation by those providing services to trafficked youth (third episode). 
The New Abolitionist documentary follows abolitionists throughout Southeast Asia dedicating their lives to rescuing and providing support to those involved as victims of sex trafficking. Filmmaker Christina Zorich spent her own time and money to make this film and details her journey through Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam to uncover work being done to fight human trafficking and help others heal. The documentary has been shown at over 40 film festivals and has already won 20 awards. A must see film.
This short episode provides the listener with definitions of victims, survivors, and thrivers. Learn the difference and incorporate these definitions into your programming.
This episode focuses on trauma, particularly the relationship between trauma and substance use disorder and how enhancing safety through the  use of safe coping skills has been proven to be highly effective for those who have experienced trauma. Dr. Najavits discusses her years of research translated into very practical books practitioners can use with survivors. 'Seeking Safety" and "Finding your Best Self" are just two for survivors of trauma and strives to remind us that client’s safety is a right, not a privilege.
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Monica Elliott

Great episode! Dr. Dalla was my professor for one of my first graduate classes "Youth Development". I'm new to this podcast and found it by doing research on the subjects you are addressing. I look forward to hearing more of your episodes.

Jul 26th
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