Texas CASA has developed the CASA Anti-Child Trafficking framework known as CASA ACTs to provide resources, training and coordination of services. Thank you for taking the step to expand your knowledge of the dynamics of child sex trafficking, and the ways to skillfully advocate for youth who have been affected. It is our deepest hope and belief that prevention is the cure: by strengthening the supports for youth and advocating for all of their needs to be met, we can interrupt the risk factors that create their vulnerability to traffickers. This page includes the CASA ACTs Program Guide, handouts from the Program Guide, the Advocacy for Youth Affected by Sex Trafficking Guide for CASA Volunteers & Staff in Texas, and the CASA Anti Child Trafficking Webinar.

 


CASA Anti-Child Trafficking Program Guide

Youth who have been affected by trafficking in foster care need CASA volunteers who are well-trained, connected and prepared to support their specialized needs. CASA ACT is a call to action for the CASA network in Texas. The aim is to do more than “see something, say something,” and to educate, protect and provide skilled support when youth have been exploited. With identification and consistent supportive intervention, the victims of child sex trafficking can begin to heal.

The CASA ACT Program Guide is available in digital and print format for use by the CASA network. The strategies and recommendations provided in this program guide can be used by local CASA programs that wish to be active partners in the anti-child trafficking and exploitation movement within their own communities. 

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CASA ACTs Print Program Guide

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CASA ACTs Preventative Advocacy

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CASA ACTS Key Terms

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Advocacy for Youth Affected by Sex Trafficking

A Guide for CASA Volunteers & Staff in Texas

Texas CASA is pleased to share a new resource and guidebook for CASA volunteers and staff on best advocacy practices for young people impacted by sex trafficking. The CASA network of caring community members appointed as volunteers, and the local programs who support them, are an essential part of advocacy for youth in foster care who are affected by child sex trafficking. These youth need CASA volunteers who are well-trained, connected and prepared to support their specialized needs. By taking the steps to learn more, you are joining an effort to create a linked network of services across the state of Texas.

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CASA Anti-Child Trafficking Initiative Webinar

This webinar was presented by Candice Dosman and Rhonda Kuykendall to share the full CASA ACTs (Anti Child-Trafficking) framework for local CASA programs, which includes a newly launched Program Guide, and a Volunteer Guidebook. Watch the webinar to hear more about these important resources and how your program can get started, or move forward in this area.

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CASA Anti-Child Trafficking 101 Webinar

This webinar was presented by Rhonda Kuykendall to share the CASA Anti Child Trafficking plan, signs of trafficking, and steps to be good partners in the anti-trafficking community.  She also discussed the ACT program and volunteer guide which are available on this page.

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Overview of CSE-IT Screenings Webinar

CSE-IT stands for Commercially Sexually Exploited Identification Tool. The CSE-IT is a validated screening tool designed to improve the early identification of youth who are experiencing commercial sexual exploitation of children and human trafficking. The Overview of CSE-IT Screenings is a one-hour webinar that details the what, why, and who of CSE-IT screenings, CASA best practices and protocols, and an overview of CSE-IT training. Chad Frymire will explain how their program implemented CSE-IT screens and will also share lessons learned and helpful advice. Tally Jorn with Allies Against Slavery will demonstrate Lighthouse, the database where CSE-IT screenings are located. Tally will also cover how to enter CSE-IT records into Lighthouse, focusing on confidentiality and a rollout plan for CASA programs across the state of Texas.

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When we consider the child welfare system, a stark reality emerges: children are at an alarmingly high risk of falling prey to sex trafficking. A study conducted by The University of Texas at Austin revealed that a quarter of youth in care were at risk of trafficking in 2022 alone. For Human Trafficking Prevention Month this January, learn how we’re taking proactive steps with our CASA ACT — Anti-Child Trafficking — framework by watching the new video featuring Texas CASA’s ACT Consultant, Rhonda Kuykendall.

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CASA ACTs: Anti-Child Trafficking Hub

Texas CASA has developed the CASA Anti-Child Trafficking framework known as CASA ACTs to provide resources, training and coordination of services. Thank you for taking the step to expand your knowledge of the dynamics of child sex trafficking, and the ways to skillfully advocate for youth who have been affected. It is our deepest hope and belief that prevention is … Read More

Community-Based Care Webinar

Texas CASA recently partnered with the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services and the Office of Community-Based Care Transition to host an informational webinar about Community-Based Care (CBC) for all local CASA programs. As CBC implementation progresses and responsibilities continue to shift, we want to ensure the CASA network stays fully informed throughout the process. This webinar provides information … Read More

Understanding the Outcomes of the 88th Legislative Session

Texas CASA recently hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the key takeaways from the 88th Legislative Session for the CASA network. This webinar kicks off the Public Policy Team’s Post-Session Tour of Texas Training Series. This information is applicable to all local CASA program staff and volunteers. In these trainings, you can expect a candid, interactive discussion about … Read More

Grants Webinar for FY24

The Texas CASA Grants Department held their annual webinar in June of 2023, which will cover FY24. In addition to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant applications that we cover each year, we will also discuss: • Change from CVC to HHSC • Change from UGMS to TxGMS • Indirect expense allocation … Read More

Infant and Toddler Advocacy Webinar Series with CASA of Fort Bend

Texas CASA has partnered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) to share their work and expertise in advocacy for infants and toddlers. CAFB’s Infant and Toddler program is a whole-program approach, and they have been working with us at Texas CASA to further develop resources and materials to support the entire CASA network in this area. Throughout 2023, CAFB … Read More