Moving Beyond Rescue: Creating Safety, Belonging, and Empowerment

Laurel Neufeld Weaver & Sarah Ladd | September 22 | 2:45-3:45 PM | Room Ingman

This workshop proposes a paradigm shift that redefines the implementation of trauma-informed care for human trafficking survivors. Presented from their multidisciplinary and strength-based perspective, the presenters will develop and apply Trauma-Informed Practices (TIPs) that service providers, academics, and policy makers can utilize in improving response to all forms of human trafficking. Collaborative accompaniment is a way of creating and envisioning safety and reciprocity with, for, and among survivors and those who accompany them. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate that anti-trafficking response should give human trafficking survivors something to move towards, not just something to "escape" from. Collaborative partners support survivors as they seek to develop their strengths and coping skills for moving into the future.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Develop a stronger understanding of core accompaniment concepts: safety, belonging, and empowerment
  • Consider new ways for creating safety while prioritizing empowerment and a sense of belonging
  • Brainstorm long-term approaches to incorporate in anti-trafficking policy and practice

About the Presenters