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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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
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Children’s Resource Center (CRC), has been a leading provider of behavioral health services for children and families in Wood County and Northwest Ohio for more than 40 years.  Our agency is currently seeking individuals with an interest in making a positive and lasting impact in the lives of children, adolescents, and families.    


CRC is committed to trauma-informed care, and has adopted the Sanctuary Model which promotes safety and recovery from adversity through an active trauma-informed community.  We recognize that trauma is pervasive in the experience of human beings and affects not only the people we serve, but also those who provide services. We provide and embrace opportunities for personal, professional, and agency growth. Our team values, trusts, respects, and supports each other. 


CRC staff function as a member of a multidisciplinary team, with services ranging from prevention to residential crisis stabilization.  Supervision is also valued in order to promote staff professional growth and development; supervision toward independent licensure is also available with no cost to all employees.  CRC also qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


As our agency continues to grow, we have a need for additional team members.  We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions:


School-Based Therapist: Provide school-based mental health services for children and adolescents, including assessment, individual, family and group therapy, consultation, and crisis intervention. Master's degree and Ohio License in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Psychology required.


Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant:  Provide early childhood mental health consultation services and comprehensive trauma training in early childhood programs for children birth to eight who have been identified as having the potential to be at-risk, experienced trauma, and/or have behavioral or social and emotional concerns.  Bachelor’s degree in a mental health field required, Master’s Degree preferred.  Mental Health License required.  May consider State of Ohio Teacher’s License in Early Childhood with mental health experience.


Day Treatment Provider: Full-time position providing mental health services in a day treatment and outpatient setting. Knowledge of trauma theory and interventions preferred.   License in Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy required.





Press Conference responding to WTOL News

The University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute in collaboration with the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition is calling a press conference. We want to make two issues clear. First, language is Important. What is in a word? Sometimes everything. We believe that the local media used inappropriate language to discuss the case regarding former Toledo Police Officer Michael Moore. In the coverage of this case, the alleged victim was called a “child prostitute” and “under-aged prostitute” by WTOL News. The language about the alleged sexual interaction between the then 14 year old child and former officer Moore was described by The Blade as one person paying to “have sex” with another. When an adult is alleged to have paid for sex with a child, the person is called an alleged child molester, the child is called an alleged victim of commercial sexual exploitation, and the act is called commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Language is a powerful way of denigrating oppressed populations who society views as less valuable. Despite both the federal law and Ohio law that says that youth who are involved in the commercial sex trade are victims of the crime of child sex trafficking, the Blade chose to characterize the alleged victim as an “admitted prostitute”. Admitting the label assigned by the oppressor doesn’t mean it’s true. For several hundred years the “N” word was used to describe a population of people and if you asked a slave back then if they were indeed the “N” word, they would have told you yes. In fact, in Ohio a 14 year old child that has sex with an adult for money is a child sex trafficking victim or at the very least a child that is so desperate for money that she needs our immediate help, not our denigration. The adult in these cases is the person that stands accountable, not the child.  Child sex trafficking is modern day slavery as identified by our federal government.

We are calling this press conference to ensure that our community knows the proper language to use when discussing the topic of commercial sex with a child.  Second, we are concerned that because of this that other children will not come forward to tell someone about their victimization. We want to assure child victims that may be out in our community that we want them to come forward and get help.

The Press Conference will be held at the Kent Branch Library (Collingwood and Cherry) at noon on Friday, May 25th.

The University of Toledo, Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute in collaboration with the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition


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


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

The report can be viewed here

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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: 6/1/18