Human Trafficking Services

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center works with Onondaga County and other community-based youth-serving agencies to increase awareness, identify victims, and provide comprehensive and victim-centered services to potential victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

We offer case management coordination and advocacy to potential commercially sexually exploited youth. With our partners, we help youth access emergency shelter, medical care, mental health counseling, and financial assistance as well as address other safety needs while working with county-wide agencies.

We provide accompaniment to court, medical appointments and other essential appointments that will help them on their path to healing and freedom of exploitation. Advocates provide assistance in applying for Office of Victim Services benefits.

Professional Training

Professional education is a key element in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation of children. Deficits in awareness and understanding among professionals who work with children contribute to low identification of those who are at high risk as well as those who are actively being trafficked and exploited in the commercial sex industry. Teachers, social workers, law enforcement officers, and others interact with youth without intervention – often because they do not know what to look for or the right questions to ask – and are not always equipped to respond.

Our training helps equip professionals by navigating the causal factors of human trafficking and exploitation, key vulnerabilities, recruitment tactics, dynamics of power and control, signs of abuse and exploitation, and how to respond to disclosures.

Community Mobilization

Volunteer Teams are central tools of our mobilization and advocacy. Volunteer Teams are passionate volunteers wanting to learn more about trafficking and take action together with MRCAC staff. Through our mobilization efforts, we are seeing people equipped to become high-impact abolitionists and advocates of change. Everyone plays an important role in ending trafficking and exploitation.

Prevention Education

Not a #Number is an interactive, five-module prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Not a #Number uses a holistic approach focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities. Through open conversations, engaging activities, the use of media, and opportunities for self-disclosure, participants will:

  • Raise their awareness of what constitutes human trafficking and exploitation.
  • Learn how to recognize recruitment tactics and understand vulnerabilities.
  • Challenge harmful stereotypes and societal attitudes.
  • Identify healthy support systems.
  • Develop skills to safely navigate potential and existing exploitative situations.
  • Learn how to access community resources when situations occur that increase their vulnerability (or if exploitation is already underway).

To schedule a training, email Maureen Foran-Mocete, Outreach & Education Program Coordinator.

Team Members

  • Child Protective Services
  • Office of Children and Family Services
  • County Public Health
  • Commissioner/ designee
  • County Mental Health
  • Medical Examiner
  • District Attorney/designee
  • County Attorney/designee
  • Local/State Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Pediatrician with expertise in child abuse
  • Representatives from Crouse, St. Joseph’s and University Hospitals
  • Center for Maternal Child Health (C-Match)
  • McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center
  • Syracuse Community Health Center