#NCFYchat Addresses Youth Homelessness and Trafficking, 140 Characters at a Time
On January 30, runaway and homeless youth providers, anti-trafficking experts and other youth advocates logged into Twitter for a #NCFYchat called "Youth Homelessness and Sex Trafficking: Making the Connection." The Family and Youth Services Bureau's Associate Commissioner Bill Bentley kicked off the event with a short introduction. Then co-hosts Covenant House International discussed their recent research on homelessness, survival sex and trafficking in their New York shelter before fielding questions on topics ranging from trauma to gender.
As in past Twitter chats, the open format encouraged individual participants and national experts like Shared Hope International and ECPAT-USA to chime in with their thoughts and suggestions.
Couldn't make it to last month's event? Then check out some of the top tweets below. You can also read the full text of the chat by logging into Twitter and searching for #NCFYchat.
On factors that increase runaway and homeless youths' odds of being trafficked:
At risk youth are at risk because of the lack of meaningful choices & options. Specialized services & programs are crucial #NCFYchat— CAASE (@TheCAASE) January 30, 2014
On providing services to boys and young men who experience commercial sexual exploitation:
On resources available to runaway and homeless youth providers: