Saving Our Girls: Being Young, Missing, and Black and the Prevalence of Sex Trafficking

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45 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 6, 2021

China Wilson
China L. Wilson, PhD
CLW Consulting LLC

The story of missing Black girls in Washington, DC in 2017 played a pivotal role in national news coverage about missing teens and, while officials tried to explain the numerous cases of those who went missing, far too many of them remain unresolved. The Black and Missing Foundation indicates that nearly 40 percent of all missing people in the country are people of color. Yet, today, the missing girls in DC receive little attention. Moreover, most of these girls come from marginalized, under-resourced communities and are primarily low-income, which in Washington DC, a city of haves and have-nots, exposes a part of the capital the rest of America may rarely see. A deeper, more nuanced problem, that includes at-risk Black girls, whose lives and struggles sometimes involve sex trafficking, that is often ignored.

In this session, the presenter will help bring awareness to the epidemic of missing Black girls, sexual violence, and the prevalence of sex trafficking. This session will help professionals better understand the impact of trafficking on the wellbeing of missing Black girls and provide practical tips for advocates, experts, counselors and law enforcement officers to use when working to provide direct and/or indirect services to those who may be most vulnerable. Finally, attendees will learn how to conduct a trauma-informed screening to assess for potential trafficking.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize common misconceptions related to missing Black youth.
  • Identify the unique barriers to services for missing Black girls.
  • Strategize ways to increase survivor access to emotional, behavioral, and mental health services.
  • Identify potential risk factors for trafficking victimization and conduct protocol for trauma-informed screening.

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