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Haruv Youth Trafficking Conference

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Youth Trafficking Conference

The OU-Tulsa campus hosted Haruv USA for a two-day conference to educate the community on the human trafficking of youth.

On February 12 and 13, Haruv USA at OU-Tulsa hosted a two-day conference for the community on the Human Trafficking of Youth. Haruv USA at OU-Tulsa is an international center of excellence and a recognized leader in the field of child maltreatment and provides comprehensive, inter-professional education, training and research in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. It is a partnership between the Haruv Institute in Israel, the OU Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and OU-Tulsa.


More than 90 community leaders attended the conference which featured Jordan Greenbaum, MD, the medical director of the Global Health Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and the medical director of the Institute on Healthcare & Human Trafficking at the Center for Safe & Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her lecture focused on Human Trafficking as a global perspective, the health impact on children, approach to prevention and a trauma-informed approach to identifying and working with trafficked children.


Attendees also participated in simulation experiences to help them practice newly-learned skills before incorporating them into their work. Simulations included a theater-style simulation facilitated by social work faculty which depicted the first interaction between a trafficked youth and an employee at a drop-in center for youth. This includes best- and worst-case scenario depictions for the audience.


There were also interactive, individual simulations including four different scenarios providers may encounter human trafficking victims, from the emergency department to a drop-in center for homeless youth. Participants live-viewed the simulations in real-time in the debriefing room. The simulation rooms were pulled up on a large TV monitor and allowed viewers to virtually “go into” each room to hear the interactions between participant and standardized patient, an actor.



  • An estimated 17,000 children are taken in the US every year.  That is 46 children — or two classrooms — per day.  (
  • 600,000 - 800,000 women, children, and men are bought and sold across international borders every year and exploited for forced labor or commercial sex.  50% of those victims are estimated to be children.  (U.S. Government) Most statistics are estimates and likely much higher since the vast majority of cases are not identified/reported.
  • Simulation trainings use standardized actors to provide real-life learning scenarios for child welfare professionals.  This state-of-the-art training model offers a “safe” environment to practice new skills and techniques.  OU-Tulsa’s Simulation Center is equipped with video and audio recording systems, and sessions include a faculty or peer review to enhance learning outcomes.