Monday, November 20, 2017 - 4:45pm

Human Trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act from other person. Data shows a 17% increase in the number of human trafficking cases handled in Wisconsin in 2015 and an increase of 24% nationwide. Minors (youth under age 18) who are engaging in commercial sex are victims of human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion. 

MMSD is engaging in work around community advocacy, best practices, and protocols to support students who are at risk or involved in human trafficking. A team of student services and legal services staff have created this protocol for all schools to use. This protocol should be reviewed by all staff and initiated if staff have reason to believe, based on signs and indicators, that a student might be involved in trafficking. 

As a student services team, please review the protocol. School Social Workers and Nurses, along with Administrators and EROS should be consulted with first and decisions/next steps should be made with student services staff using this protocol

Should the protocol need to be initiated and a decision is made to contact Safety and Security, please also consult with Lead Social Worker (Gina Aguglia, 608-571-7009 or 608-442-2917), Lead Nurse (Lynne Svetnicka, 608-663-8424), or Associate General Counsel (Matt Bell, 608- 663-1868) as needed. 

If additional supports, consultation, or debriefing for staff needs to occur, MMSD Human Trafficking Committee members will be informed of your school’s specific needs

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