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
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 Study Opportunity

Are you an adult over the age of 18? Have you ever exchanged anything of value for sex (e.g., a place to stay, gifts, food, or cash)?

If so, you may qualify for a study focused on experiences with police or service agencies among people who have exchanged anything of value for sex while a minor (before age 19). The study involves a 1 time confidential survey lasting less than one hour which can be done online, over the phone, or face-to-face.

 A $25 GIFT CARD WILL be provided.

                                           To complete the study online, please go to

 Or for more information about this study, please contact us at 419-266-3911 or All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

                                                             All responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Kamala London, Ph.D
Principal Investigator
University of Toledo
West Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH 43606

 There are only two sides - justice & injustice.

Hate should not be an american value.

The victims of the events in Charlottesville & Barcelona are in our thoughts.

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


Tuesday June 20, 2017 

Ohio Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report:

Human Trafficking and Civil Rights in Ohio

Ohio by some measures is one of the five worst states in the nation for Human Trafficking. The Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Committee) has released a report following a series of panel discussions on civil rights and human trafficking in the state. The Committee examined the civil rights impact of human trafficking in Ohio; including the impact of human trafficking on individuals and communities targeted because of their race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, or disability.

The Committee heard testimony from law enforcement officials, government officials, academic experts, legal professionals, community leaders, advocates, and trafficking survivors. Through this testimony, the Committee identified a number of concerns, including: the continued perception or treatment of trafficking victims as criminals; insufficient mental health supports to address the psychological impact of trauma associated with trafficking; insufficient or incomplete data collection; insufficient legal protection for children involved in sex trafficking; and a lack of public awareness and cooperation between law enforcement and community groups to most effectively identify victims and connect them with the appropriate support services. The Committee also formulated a number of recommendations which may help to remedy some of these concerns moving forward.

Committee Chair Diane Citrino said, “Human Traffickers exploit vulnerable members of our community. Our report exposes the evils of Human Trafficking and looks at what we can do in Ohio to work together for solutions to this hidden problem.”

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 hosts 13th 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.

Community Events  




Past Events

Recent Trainings 

Medical Training Role Play Simulation
 Medical Training Role Play Simulation 

Mental Health Training 4-29-16

Mental Health Training 4-29-16  

Mental Health Training 4-29-16 Afternoon

Mental Health Training 4-29-16  Afternoon Session  

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: 11/20/17