Sex Trafficking Victims: Best Practices for the Courtroom and for the Clinical Setting

Hannah Estabrook & Mandi Pierson | September 21 | 1:30-2:30 PM | Room 2591

The mental health concerns among sex trafficking victims include emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual ramifications (Clawson, Dutch, Solomon, & Grace, 2009; Hodge, 2014; Zimmerman, Hossain, & Watts, 2011). The Changing Actions to Change Habits (CATCH) specialty court provides human trafficking survivors charged with a crime, the opportunity of comprehensive assessment and treatment services. With no evidenced-based treatment interventions for survivors of human trafficking, it is important that people glean best possible practices from what is already available. Trauma-competent interventions and experiences will be discussed.

Presentation Objectives:

·       Overview of CATCH Court

·       Review of best practices that are currently available

·       Discussion of trauma-competent interventions

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