Day One Assembles Task Force To Address Sex Trafficking in RI

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

 

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Day One, the state's only agency organized specifically to deal with the issue of sexual assault as a community concern, has assembled a task force to address the issue of sex trafficking in Rhode Island. Recently, the state has seen a rise with these cases and there is no formal or effective process for dealing with them.

“We are dedicated to bringing this topic to the forefront,” says Day One's executive director, Peg Langhammer. “Sex trafficking is a statewide issue, and we know we can’t fight it alone. The task force will provide a forum for us to collaborate with all the right stakeholders to determine the best approach.”

The goals of the task force are to:

  • Review existing policies and protocols used in investigation, prosecution and victim advocacy
  • Provide crisis intervention training to law enforcement, social services, medical treatment providers and schools
  • Educate the community about warning signs and how to report suspected cases
  • Generate a process for what happens to victims after the crime has been identified
  • Develop a best practices model, through team collaboration, to effectively address this crime

 

The initial team, which includes representatives from federal, state and local law enforcement, the Department of Children Youth and Families, healthcare providers and more; will develop goals and divide efforts among strategic subcommittees focused on victim services, education and training, and best practices for investigating and prosecuting these cases.

“The goal is to reach beyond the agencies that go through regular training sessions to the community at large, teachers, doctors, neighbors, – the people who see these victims every day and can recognize the red flags,” says Langhammer. “It’s clear the time has come for a formalized approach.”

For more than five years, the issue of sex trafficking has been a key part of Day One’s training curriculum. Law enforcement, social services, medical staff and educators are trained to recognize warning signs of sex trafficking victims, how to talk to victims, specific questions to ask, and the unique dynamics of these sensitive cases.

 

Related Slideshow: Best and Worst Run States in New England

How well do the New England states stack up against each other in terms of how they're currently run?

According to Wall Street 24/7, looking at a state's debt per capita, budget deficit, unemployment, median household income, and percentage below the poverty line are all indicators of a state's level operational success - or lack thereof.  

Below are how the New England states were ranked compared to each other, based on data from 2012 -- as well as the "best run" and "worst run" states in the country. 

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#6

Rhode Island

National Rank, #47

> Debt per capita: $8,721 (3rd highest)
> Budget deficit: 6.9% (35th largest)
> Unemployment: 10.4% (3rd highest)
> Median household income: $54,554 (18th highest)
> Percent below poverty line: 13.7% (tied-20th lowest)

 

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#5

Connecticut

National Rank, #41

> Debt per capita: $8,531 (4th highest)
> Budget deficit: 17.1% (12th largest)
> Unemployment: 8.4% (tied-14th highest)
> Median household income: $67,276 (4th highest)
> Percent below poverty line: 10.7% (4th lowest)

 

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#4

Maine

National Rank, #30

> Debt per capita: $4,447 (12th highest)
> Budget deficit: 16.6% (14th largest)
> Unemployment: 7.3% (tied-22nd highest)
> Median household income: $46,709 (16th lowest)
> Percent below poverty line: 14.7% (tied-24th lowest)

 

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#3

New Hampshire

National Rank, #25

> Debt per capita: $6,414 (8th highest)
> Budget deficit: 20.0% (8th largest)
> Unemployment: 5.5% (8th lowest)
> Median household income: $63,280 (7th highest)
> Percent below poverty line: 10.0% (the lowest)

 

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#2

Massachusetts

National Rank, #18

> Debt per capita: $6,414 (8th highest)
> Budget deficit: 20.0% (8th largest)
> Unemployment: 5.5% (8th lowest)
> Median household income: $63,280 (7th highest)
> Percent below poverty line: 10.0% (the lowest)

 

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#1

Vermont

National Rank, #6

> Debt per capita: $6,414 (8th highest)
> Budget deficit: 20.0% (8th largest)
> Unemployment: 5.5% (8th lowest)
> Median household income: $63,280 (7th highest)
> Percent below poverty line: 10.0% (the lowest)

 

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Worst Run State in US

50. California

> Debt per capita: $3,990 (20th highest)
> Budget deficit: 27.8% (3rd largest)
> Unemployment: 10.5% (2nd highest)
> Median household income: $58,328 (11th highest)
> Pct. below poverty line: 17.0% (18th highest)

 

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Best Run State in US

1. North Dakota

> Debt per capita: $3,033 (20th lowest)
> Budget deficit: None
> Unemployment: 3.1% (the lowest)
> Median household income: $53,585 (19th highest)
> Pct. below poverty line: 11.2% (6th lowest)

 

 
 

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