When unthinkable crimes occur against our youth, society often reacts with immediate outrage and disgust. It is then followed by a sense of denial that “it would never happen to my kids or anyone I know.” Research shows that these crimes are not that rare. With survivors rarely speaking out, we have limited opportunities to learn how we can better prevent youth exploitation, effective ways to respond to it, and how best to support the survivor. 

This session will give you inside information on youth exploitation from multi-disciplinary perspectives. You will hear from a survivor of sexual exploitation who as a youth trusted someone that later hurt him. You will hear from a law enforcement agent who investigates these heinous crimes and knows first-hand how perpetrators work and the tricks they use to lure youth. Also sharing her experiences and knowledge will be a youth advocate and technical trainer who understands the unique intersection between prevention and response to the sexual exploitation of youth and the “safety net policies” we need to have in place.

By attending this training, you will be more knowledgeable about the patterns and characteristics of perpetrators, as well as patterns and characteristics that increases a youth’s potential for becoming a victim.  You will learn about the critical difference a bystander can make in keeping a youth safe from exploitation.  When you leave at the end of this training, you will know how to recognize warning signs related to the sexual exploitation of youth and also the strategies you can use to more effectively meet the needs of youth who may have experienced exploitation with or without reporting it.  

About the Presenters:

  • Nancy Sabin, Technical Training Consultant at Sector Synergies & affiliated with the Office of Victims of Crimes  (lead presenter);
  • FBI Special Agent, Online Crimes Against Children/Teens (TBD);
  • Male survivor, now 22 years old who was 15 years old when he was solicited online by a perpetrator who eventually took him across state lines and held him for 3 months.

Nancy Sabin brings more than 12 years of cross-sector and cross-cultural experience in youth development and juvenile justice-related issues. Currently, she is the President and Technical Training Assistance Consultant at Sector Synergies, which works with nonprofits, community coalitions, private funders and government agencies. She is an advocate for improving the well-being of our most important resource-youth-by establishing community coalitions that incorporate an integrated approach for creating culturally-based social change.

Through her affiliation with the Office of Victims of Crime, since 2006 Nancy has been providing technical trainings on topics such as victim/survivor rights, ethics and resources as well as healing step strategies and trauma-based case management. She also served as the Executive Director for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center between 2001-2009. In this position, she learned first-hand about the unthinkable crimes against children, most often committed by people they “trust.”

Most recently, Nancy co-facilitated the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency & Prevention’s invitation-only “Trafficking in Persons Symposium,” in 2012. She is currently the vice chair on the board of directors for the FBI Citizen’s Alumni Academy Association and is a trustee on the Houses of Hope Fund.  As part of a broad coalition, Houses of Hope is building the first permanent housing for homeless youth to be located in Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Marketing/Communications with an emphasis in Organizational Development from the University of Minnesota. She has also completed the Minnesota Victim’s Assistance Academy inaugural training course and dozens of certification programs related to crime victims/survivors, public policy development, public safety strategies, and nonprofit fundraising.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and debunk the myths and stereotypes associated with sexually exploited youth and those who perpetrate against them (online & in-person);
  • Learn the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to case investigation, support and re-entry into the community;
  • Learn how to recognize behaviors in youth that signal they may be exploited;
  • Understand what you can do to help youth that are exploited or at risk for exploitation;
  • Understand the profile of perpetrators and know how to keep youth safe from them.


December 7, 2012 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

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