Twelve Essential Episodes

There is a lot to learn, but don’t feel overwhelmed! These twelve episodes will give you a strong foundation an an eagerness to explore more of the issues around human trafficking.  If you know exactly what you’re interested in, search our entire archive:

Listen to these episodes with other experts and learn more about how you can be part of the solution.


45 – War, Conflict, and Human Trafficking

The first episode, #45, is about War and Conflict in Human Trafficking. It’s important to understand how displacement and violence increases vulnerability, that people may be looking for a way out and believe the stories offered of safety and jobs.

208- The Intersection of Children’s Rights and Combating Human Trafficking with, Rabbi Diana Gerson

The second episode in this toolkit, #208, explains the Intersection of Children’s Rights and Combating Human Trafficking. Children can be protected when we understand that there are strategies in place, legal opportunities for making sure children are safe.

213- Ending Human Trafficking Takes the Whole Family

Episode #213 is an opportunity for the whole family to begin to understand their roles in ending human trafficking. No one wants to be left out and there is a place for every single person, man, woman, or child to make choices, to make decisions that help end human trafficking.

232 – Social Media and Finding the Truth about Human Trafficking

The next episode, #232, is about social media, and how do you find the truth about human trafficking? In today’s world, social media is risky. How do we teach the next generation how to be safe on social media?

237 – Research and Advocacy: What About Boys?

Episode #237 is about research and advocacy. We need to study the issues and then we know what to say. And how do we begin to speak up for boys? How many times have you heard stories about little girls? But we need to speak up for boys as well.

249 – How to Include Survivors, with Amy Rahe

Episode #249 is about how we include survivors. Our friend Amy Rahe is a survivor who gives us tools for how to be more inclusive. In this space, we want to understand that survivors have lived experience, that’s important for each of us to acknowledge and learn from.

258: Missing Children and the Overlap with Child Trafficking, with Elizabeth Smart

Episode #258, about missing children and the overlap with child trafficking, is a wonderful conversation with Elizabeth Smart. It is about how we protect children in our own communities and in other communities.

266 – Rescuing Boys Labor Trafficked in the Fishing Industry, with Chris Field

When we get to #266, we begin to explore the issues around labor trafficking, and this includes rescuing boys and girls who are being labor trafficked in the fishing industry. We sometimes look at human trafficking as just sex trafficking, but millions of children and adults are trafficked for labor. What can we do to intervene and stop that?

267 – The Intersection of Business and Human Rights, with John Cotton Richmond

Episode #267 is a wonderful conversation with Ambassador John Cotton Richmond, about the Intersection of Business and Human Rights. Sometimes the individual doesn’t have nearly as much power as big business. How can we help businesses address human trafficking in our communities today?

279 – Who Are the Kids Being Trafficked, with Kendra Tankersley-Davis

Episode #279 brings us in contact with a case manager, victim service provider who understands who the children are who are being trafficked. This understanding and knowledge of individuals, real people, with faces and stories, not just numbers is critical to our understanding of beginning to take smart, strategic action.

283 – Why A Special Court for CSEC Victims, with Judge Joanne Motoike

The next episode #283, we answer the question: why we need a special court for commercially sexually exploited child victims? This is how every community can do a better job of serving the most vulnerable, who have already become victims.

 291 – Unpacking the Complexities of Coercion, with Jamie Manirakiza

Our last episode in this dozen episodes is Unpacking the Complexities of Coercion. This is so important because our first instinct is to go and do a rescue but sometimes, just physically removing people is not enough. Many times, most of the time, victims are controlled through coercion. There are no chains. There are no locks on doors. There are no padlocks.

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