Virtual sessions to highlight impacts of human trafficking

The Southeast Indiana Coalition for Human Trafficking Survivors is offering a lunch and learn series, “The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Other Societal Issues,” in recognition Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The organization was formed in the spring of 2020 with a community collaboration to raise awareness of human trafficking and provide a multidisciplinary approach of restoration for survivors and victims of human trafficking.

In collaboration with community partners of the Department of Child Services, law enforcement officials, educators, health care professionals, service providers and other local experts, the group has combined a series of workshops and trainings that highlight the populations that are most impacted by human trafficking and the relativity and reality of human trafficking in communities.

The virtual events will provide a wide perspective and a wraparound conversation on human trafficking.

Trainings will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Register online at

The sessions are:

Tuesday: “Human Trafficking and Indiana Youth: Identification, Recognition and Reporting,” facilitated by Meagan Cothron, Region 8 coalition coordinator of the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program

Thursday: “The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Substance Abuse,” facilitated by Cothron

Jan. 26: “Deeper Dive into Sexual Violence,” facilitated by Irina Sorrels, sexual assault advocate and prevention specialist for the Safe Place Sexual Assault Center, a division of Safe Passage Inc.

Jan. 28: “The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Other Societal Issues,” a wraparound panel discussion with local experts