Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute

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The Mission of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute is to respond to human trafficking and social justice through teaching, research and engagement.

“With an international reputation, the Institute provides quality and relevant research, a premiere education, and effective community engagement.”


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Main Campus
College of Health & Human Services

Health & Human Services Building

Room HH 2638

2801 West Bancroft St./MS 119

Toledo, Ohio 43606

Phone: 419.530.5590

Fax: 419.530.4141
News from the htsji!


Dr. Celia Williamson is the 2018 Community Advocacy Award Recipient. Dr. Williamson, founder of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, earned the honor for her work in the area of human trafficking with particular attention to domestic minor sex trafficking. Williamson has garnered national attention to northwest Ohio through her research, articles, and speaking engagements, including a piece on ABC Primetime. Dr. Williamson serves as Executive Director of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute. In her nomination, attorney Patricia Fugee said, "Dr. Williamson is one of the most selfless, inspiring and humble people that I know, while also being fierce, fearless and passionate. In her work, Dr. Williamson has given a voice to so many who would not otherwise have one... Dr. Williamson has inspired encouraged, led, bullied and begged to successfully move mountains of institutions, governments, and people, leading the change in laws, academia, research and social justice. She is a force of nature. We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Williamson as one of our great community advocates." 


Click here to see HTSJI and Dr. Williamson on The Universty of Toledo Features 


 There are only two sides - justice & injustice.

Hate should not be an american value.

 The institute participateD in THE u.s. commission on civil rights hearing about human trafficking in ohio

The report can be viewed here

Check out this video created for the University of Toledo! 

Click here to play video. The University of Toledo will hosts the 15th annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference.

UT's Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute hosts the annual conference for attendees to exchange ideas and engage survivors of human trafficking.

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Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition Events

Monthly Meetings - Toledo

The coalition meets from 9:15-11:00 a.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month,
at the Kent Branch Public Library,

kent branch library

3101 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo, OH 43610
(at the corner of Collingwood and Central). Library opens at 9:00 a.m

Recent Events & News

Sherrod Brown
 speaking at our "Ending Addiction Stigma" Event 

MacArthur Grant funded to the Lucas County Board of Commissioners for criminal justice reform! - The Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute helped organize the community input for the grant 

Past events archive

Last Updated: 4/17/18