When Help is Out of Reach: Collaborating to Address Trafficking in Marginalized Communities


Kiricka Yarbough Smith, BSW & Danielle Leon, BA | September 21 | 10:15-11:15 AM

Topic: Direct Service | Knowledge Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Effectively addressing trafficking requires increasing our ability to identify, reach, and serve marginalized and underserved communities (i.e. LGBTQ, men and boys, tribal communities, Southeast Asian communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals with mental illness, individuals experiencing homelessness, etc.). Within the North Carolina Department of Administration, Council for Women and Youth Involvement office (NCCFWYI), Project CLICC (anti-human trafficking program) works to foster collaboration among domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking service providers and community advocates to increase the capacity of providers to serve all victims of human trafficking. By building collaborations, identifying resources, and utilizing creative approaches, we can bridge gaps in victim-services and bring awareness to the most at risk, vulnerable, and inadequately served individuals. Through this workshop, participants will explore the vulnerabilities and unique needs of survivors, holistic trauma-informed and victim-centered response, and multi-disciplinary collaborations to combatting human trafficking.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Identify how the needs of trafficking victims differ from other victims.

·  Explore providing victim-centered response and services to underserved populations.

·  Describe what resources are needed to provide a holistic response to survivors.

·  Assist attendees in identifying collaborations and partnerships to further increase organizational capacity to provide human trafficking victim-services and support.

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