Emergent Space

Over the summer of 2020, NCCASA was extraordinarily lucky to host two brilliant interns through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Moxie Scholars program. From their first meetings with me, Montia and Shareen showed so much intention and passion about their work, and about the transformative principles that can emerge from seeing connections in all the pieces of your life -- work, study, praxis, activism, organizing, relationship, and love. Our summer project was to envision new ways that teachers could better support LGBTQ+ students in K-12 schools, and as we discussed the kinds of spaces that would allow people room to learn, to make mistakes, and to still feel held, we had conversations comparing the strengths and challenges of safe and brave space frameworks.

This booklet emerged out of those spirited conversations as a separate project, and quickly took on a life of its own.

NCCASA's staff has been honored to serve as mentors to Shareen and Montia, to learn with and from them, and to have our own personal, professional, and visionary practices enriched and revitalized by our time together. I look forward to continued collaborations with them on this concept, and share in their deep gratitude for adrienne maree brown and the many visionary Black feminists before her who inspired this collaboration.

NCCASA is planning to begin training on emergent space frameworks in November, and will be offering virtual, interactive training cohorts beginning in 2021. Stay tuned for dates and registration details, and for now, feel free to post, promote, or otherwise highlight this document unaltered, to implement its ideals in your program, and to reference it in your training or materials (properly credited). Please reach out if you would like to discuss emergent spaces further or to collaborate on a derivative work!


Christy Croft, Prevention Education Program Manager
NCCASA Resource

Emergent Space: Finding An Alternative

Human trafficking prevention has at times been framed primarily as a criminal justice priority or been siloed from other forms of violence prevention. As experts in sexual violence prevention, NCCASA recognizes sex trafficking as a form of sexual violence and the connection of sexual violence to all forms of human trafficking. We see the value of a public health approach to violence prevention that incorporates our social justice lens. NCCASA is pleased to present our Human Trafficking Prevention Toolkit. In this toolkit, you'll find our Human Trafficking Prevention Overview (link to infographic), an overview of what human trafficking is and the public health approach to violence prevention, an exploration of the historical context that informs our current frameworks and gaps, tips for effective upstream prevention, and strategies for incorporating a harm reduction lens into your human trafficking prevention work, as well as critical considerations in selecting a prevention strategy.


As a reminder, our Reframing Human Trafficking Prevention Cohort this fall will cover many of the ideas in this toolkit in depth. The application deadline is September 14 for the prevention cohort and October 19 for our direct services/multidisciplinary team cohort. More information on the cohorts can be found here.

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Human Trafficking Prevention Toolkit

Here you will find an overview of the highlights from the '19-'20 Member Services and Technical Assistance Survey. The purpose of this survey is for NCCASA to hear from our member programs about what NCCASA is doing well and for NCCASA to reflect on our programs needs and ask ourselves "how can we improve?" Thank you to all of our member programs who are on the front lines, supporting those who have experienced sexual violence. Continue to let us know how we can support you as we are always striving to grow and learn.

View Summary Report Here!


The General Assembly came into session Wednesday and Thursday to appropriate the remainder of the federal CARES Act funding, and rape crisis centers were allocated an additional $6 million in funding to be split evenly among agencies. Domestic violence agencies were also allocated an additional $6 million in funding.

NCCASA has been advocating for additional funding and used the survey results that many agencies filled out to best cater the argument and needs across the state. NCCASA is grateful to agencies and staff who reached out to their legislators to stress the importance of this funding for services in the community.

The money will be distributed through the Department of Administration. We would encourage agencies to reach out to legislators and thank them for this funding, as we know it will make a difference in many budgets. The full bill can be found here.

If you have any questions about this funding, please reach out to Staff Attorney/lobbyist Skye David at skye@nccasa.org.

In Solidarity,

Monika Johnson Hostler

For those doing anti-human trafficking work in 2020: you’ve carried a lot of burdens, rolled with changes in programs, practice, protocols, and funding. You are advocating for survivors who are experiencing health disparities, increased barriers to resources, and the ongoing reality of institutionalized racism in policies and systems. The impact of COVID on survivors, service delivery, and your own work-life balance is significant.

So when the misinformation and false narratives about human trafficking, specifically child sex trafficking, hit the media this summer, it may not have been the highest priortiy in your work load. Stories about children being sold in cabinets online via Wayfair created a storm of media response. The outrage quickly linked up to some other narratives: Deep State conspiracies about politicians and Hollywood celebrities facilitating and perpetrating these sex trafficking rings drew outrage from concerned citizens, who rallied around the emerging #savethechildren movement with messaging pushed out by frightened moms and co-opted by QAnon. These stories are not new to the movement, but they gained momentum and probably ended up in your community.

The #savethechildren movement has surreptitiously impacted North Carolina’s communities, and local rape crisis programs have been strongly affected. You’ve answered calls from frightened parents. You’ve seen the social media posts about local marches and fundraisers to fight human trafficking in your service area. Para-military style responses with battle imagery and language have formed, with the mission to hunt and eliminate child predators, perpetuating the idea that only a tactical criminal justice response is warranted. At a time where establishing trust, and cultivating collaborative partnerships with local law enforcement is already challenging, these responses have created additional burdens.

For advocates, we are most concerned about how these movements directly affect survivors: that, those who have not been kidnapped or held in chains, are believed, empowered, and supported. We are also concerned that when we focus on sensationalized or high-profile stories as if these are the norm, we fail to see those who are most vulnerable for being trafficked. Perpetuating narratives that rarely center on marginalized communities are incomplete, and ultimately harmful narratives. We must insist that ALL have access to services.

We want to support  and empower you to be the local expert on human trafficking in your community. I have the privilege of assisting local programs in building capacity to lead in awareness and outreach efforts and service delivery for survivors of human trafficking. I have recently worked with local programs to develop a social media and awareness strategy to engage the “Save the children” campaigns. We have also had discussions and problems solved around working with law enforcement, especially agencies that often rely on stings to identify human trafficking, and request collaboration with local programs on those operations. We understand the complexity of working with criminal justice-led human trafficking task forces, and are here for you to process and problem solve!

As you continue to advocate for survivors in your community, I have created some talking points to provide some language around engaging with some of these latest campaigns. If you are a member agency interested in the document, please email me at courtney@nccasa.org and I’d be happy to share them with you.

Also, to further equip your programs, we are very excited to offer this fall a very special training opportunity.  It is designed for anti-violence, sexual violence, rape crisis, or human trafficking professionals who wish to strengthen their capacity to provide and coordinate survivor-centered, trauma-informed, empowerment-based services to human trafficking survivors in their communities. Because our session is capped at 30 attendees, we are accepting a select cohort for our first virtual implementation of this training. So please sign up soon! Click here to view those trainings!

Thank you for your work that you do on behalf of survivors.

Blog Post by Courtney Dunkerton, NCCASA Anti-Human Trafficking Specialist

This fall, NCCASA is pleased to offer our Reframing Human Trafficking Prevention and Expanding Our Reach trainings as virtual intensives!

Reframing Human Trafficking Prevention begins October 26, and is a four-week cohort focused on powerful, out-of-the-box human trafficking prevention frameworks.

Expanding Our Reach begins November 30, and is a four-session cohort focused on direct services and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Taken separately or together, these trainings will prepare you for a strong, engaging, evidence-informed Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January! To ensure a quality training for participants, these cohorts are capped at 30 attendees. Cohort is free for selected attendees who are staff or key volunteers at current NCCASA member agencies, and selected attendees are expected to attend all four sessions. Selected non-members must pay a registration fee of $200 for each four-part training.

Interested in the Reframing Human Trafficking Prevention Cohort? Apply here.

If accepted, sessions will be held:
Monday 10/26, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Monday 11/2, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Monday 11/9, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Monday 11/16, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Interested in the Expanding Our Reach Cohort? Apply here.

If accepted, sessions will be held:
Monday 11/30, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Monday 12/7, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 12/9, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Monday 12/14, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Survivor. Advocate. Change maker. These are only a few of the many words that have been used to describe Daisy Coleman. In the week since the world learned of her passing, NCCASA has spent time reflecting on Daisy’s life and the impact she made on the anti-sexual violence movement. Daisy turned her pain into activism and was courageous enough to share her story with the world and other survivors. We join others in experiencing deep sadness by this loss to our community.

Since appearing in the documentary Audrie and Daisy, Daisy, along with other survivors and advocates, co-founded SafeBAE, an organization dedicated to sexual violence prevention to help prevent what happened to them from happening to anyone else. Through SafeBAE, an estimated 5.5 million people have been reached through their campaigns, presentations, legislative work, and more. Her impact will last throughout time, as her dedication to seeking justice while advocating for other survivors is immeasurable.

Daisy made survivors feel like they are not alone, and worked to cultivate a supportive and safe community for fellow survivors. Her work touched the lives of many young activists, survivors, and advocates for the end of sexual violence. In 2018,  NCCASA had the pleasure of  SafeBAE participating in the Young Advocates Institute, YAI, a social justice oriented summer camp for youth. Tracy Wright, NCCASA’s RSP TA Provider and organizer of YAI shared this about the impact of Daisy’s time on YAI:“Daisy and Jada shifted YAI like nobody ever has in regards to sexual assault. Every single kid in Wokekanda did their final presentation on what they learned from her truth...her story.”

Healing is not a straight path.  Healing is a journey that ebbs and flows throughout a survivor's lifetime. Healing does not look the same for everyone. Much of Daisy’s healing came from talking to young people and changing the culture we are in. Those who were close to her have shared that Daisy would want young survivors to know they are heard, matter, are loved, and that the help they need is available.

In the wake of her passing, Daisy would want everyone to come together to help stop sexual violence and help save teen lives. NCCASA will carry on this work in her legacy, and we will never stop advocating for survivors in the mission to end sexual violence. This is our commitment #ForDaisy.


*If you are a survivor who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or may be triggered by learning of Daisy’s passing, please know that you are not alone and there are resources to help you.  You can contact the following resources:

National Suicide Prevention Support Line: 1-800-273-8255

North Carolina Rape Crisis Centers

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386


NCCASA Resource

Human Trafficking Prevention Curriculum Matrix

The purpose of this toolkit is to assist North Carolina school districts in identifying a human trafficking prevention curriculum that best fits the needs and goals of their local school district.

Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed August 2020 as Reentry Month in North Carolina,   highlighting the needs of “reentrants,” individuals released from incarceration transitioning back into the community. The proclamation draws attention to North Carolina’s Reentry Action Plan, which, among other things, supports the development of additional Local Reentry Councils--networks of individuals and agencies providing support and coordination of services to facilitate the transition for reentrants and their families.  These partnerships with agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders are essential for successful reintegration and community connection for justice-involved individuals. Local Reentry Councils (LRC) are staffed by Coordinators and Case Managers and work directly with reentrants. They are organized by county and meet quarterly with stakeholders to network, share information and educate the community.


Currently 639 of every 100,000 North Carolina residents are incarcerated. In North Carolina, there were 391 allegations of sexual victimization of inmates in custody reported by state and federal prison authorities between 2007-2008, according to the DOJ Report “Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional  Authorities, 2007-2008.”  A more recent study reports that in 2016, 820 allegations of sexual abuse and harassment were made in North Carolina adult correctional facilities (2016 NCDPS: 2015 – 2016 Sexual Abuse Annual Report).


Yearly, 22,000 inmates are released from NC’s prison system. Many of those released are survivors of sexual violence that occurred prior to, or during, the time of incarceration. Barriers to healing from sexual violence are compounded as survivors must also cope with transitioning from incarceration, often returning with  bringing significant mental health needs into the community. Therefore,  survivors need the things that promote stability and well-being such as food, shelter, clothing, access to health care, and reliable transportation. Other needs include employment, substance use treatment, access to financial institutions and assistance with fees and rent.


Survivors also need the support and meaningful connection to the community. Re-establishing disrupted relationships with family and friends, and connecting with support groups, mentors, and faith communities can build resilience and emotional health, and help regain a sense of safety and purpose. Using one's own voice and lived experience to educate others and advocate for change can also be a path to healing.


Supporting survivor reentrants not only includes coordinating resources, but also removing barriers, and increasing equal access to those resources. This is especially important, as many reentrants hold marginalized identities, and have experienced harm and injustice due to policies and practices in systems that were not created to uphold equal protection or provide equal access. Stigma with being incarcerated carries its own challenges, including suspicion and distrust from the community, and the denial of employment and housing. This experience can feel like perpetually “serving time,” creating additional burdens for survivors who must daily negotiate their own safety.


To better support reentrants who are survivors of sexual violence, NCCASA is currently working with the Local Reentry Council in Orange County and Orange County Rape Crisis Center on a pilot program to 1) develop and implement a training plan for the reentry council members on the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), sexual assault and including human trafficking, 2) cross-train LRC and RCC staff on serving incarcerated survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking and 3) create a resource tool for reentrant survivors that provides information on sexual violence, human trafficking, and how to access support.


This project provides training and technical assistance from NCCASA to bring together the Orange County LRC and the RCC communities in the establishment of a more meaningful relationship to enhance their collective work with not only re-entrants, but all incarcerated survivors. This collaborative social justice framework reflects the work of NCCASA’s building capacity with local rape crisis centers in ensuring that marginalized communities are centered in anti-sexual violence work.


We appreciate the recognition of North Carolina Reentry work and the efforts “underway at the federal, state, and local levels to establish programs and policies focused on removing the barriers that prevent formerly incarcerated people from pursuing healthy and productive lives.” --Governor Cooper's Proclamation of August as Reentry Month

Blog Post by Courtney Dunkerton, NCCASA's Anti-Human Trafficking Specialist

Have you ever thought, "I wish NCCASA could tell me more about..."? If so, then tell us about it with the 2019-20 Member Services & Technical Assistance Survey!

You can share with us your thoughts about what you want to see from NCCASA and how we've been doing over the last year in providing you with support on serving sexual assault survivors. This survey will only take you about 15 minutes and is anonymous.

Your feedback helps us keep doing the things that are working and adjusting the things that are not. Thank you in advance for taking the survey!