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Health Care Needs of Child Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a health problem. Healthcare professionals play an important role in both identifying, treating and assisting victims of trafficking. Studies have shown that a majority of human trafficking victims report seeing a healthcare professional at some point while being trafficked. This presentation will focus on the scope and nature of child sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the United States. It will also address the health care needs of victims and how the medical provider may assist in detecting and identifying victims when they present with other complaints.

Presentation Objectives:

·         To be able to identify risk factors for exploitation as well as potential indicators of victimization of children.

·         To become familiar with health care needs of victims of human trafficking and how to address these needs and refer patients for medical care.

·         To be aware of how to make a report of suspected victimization as appropriate.

To become knowledgeable about available resources for victims and healthcare providers.

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Exploring Human Trafficking Program (EHTP) on College Campuses

EHTP is a coordination of programs which seek to make awareness about Human Trafficking (HT) on college campuses. The EHTP program facilitates a cooperative network of students and faculty to inform the community and facilitate students taking a role in breaking the chains of modern day slavery. This collaborative project creates original materials designed to speak to fellow college students and empower students to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. EHTP is a campaign to design a program to raise awareness against Human Trafficking on college campuses to lead youth to produce their own materials to educate other youth about Human Trafficking. This movement is called, “the Yellow Butterfly Campaign”. Youth are the next generation of leaders for our communities and deserve every chance and opportunity, which might assure them a better life in the future. Through the Yellow Butterfly Campaign, youth at college level will be facilitated to use their skills and cultural knowledge to transfer and translate a message and facts about human trafficking to different mediums to speak to other youth. In other words, this project may be called, “Youth gets empowered for and by Youth against Human Trafficking.”

EHTP encourages learners and educators to work cooperatively on human trafficking issues and enables youth to understand the complex realities and processes of today’s modern day slavery to develop values, attitudes, knowledge and skills, which will allow them to face the challenges of an interconnected world of crime, corruption, and chaos.

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Human Trafficking in the Commonwealth Caribbean: A Socio-Legal Critique

This paper provides a critical analysis of the law and practice on human trafficking in the Commonwealth Caribbean. More specifically, it provides a socio-legal critique of the gaps in implementation of anti-trafficking law, drawing on empirical research conducted in four Commonwealth Caribbean countries. It identifies, in particular, the shortfalls currently being experienced between law and practice from a normative, institutional and rights-based perspective. It also considers nuanced approaches in other jurisdictions, and argues for a more synergistic response to human trafficking in the region, in the interest of protecting victims, preventing the rapid growth of the phenomenon, and prosecuting perpetrators.

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Returning Citizens: Hear Me Out

The workshop will show Willie Knighten’s TED talk on the inconsistencies of the criminal justice system and how to advocate for people returning to our communities who leave our jails and prison systems (Returning Citizens). Willie will share his personal triumph over incarceration and criminal lifestyle. Individuals should learn the barriers and hardships for people leaving jail and prisons, the need for criminal justice reform, and the mentality of people in and out of prisons. The workshop will provide service providers the key when working with this particular population.

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I Got Well!

David is the author of “Reconciled…#I Got Well”. Being a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder, he has been inspired to share how the spiritual side of recovery is the foundation of holistic wellness. Reconciled exposes the relationship between God and man, solidifying the intimacy needed for long-term recovery. He has assisted in the development of the recovery coach/peer specialist duties and task as a paraprofessional in the state of Ohio, along with being one of two recovery coach trainers-of-trainers in Lucas County. This workshop will create a positive atmosphere to challenge the most misunderstood health disparity in America. Individuals will learn the stigma associated with addiction and how it prevents people from staying abstinent. Attending this presentation, participants will hear a story of recovery that will keep social workers, health care providers and concerned citizens striving for more social justice! “I am not an addict, addiction was my chronic condition, I am a man…. #I Got Well!”

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Trauma Informed Care: Challenges for Both Professionals and Survivors

The concepts of trauma and trauma-informed care have continued to change and grow over the years. What does this really look like in an agency providing intensive survivor services? In this workshop you will have the opportunity to join us as we walk through three survivor stories highlighting the honest realities of this challenging but rewarding work. Through these stories we will share intimately about our experiences in working to provide holistic trauma-informed care, vicarious trauma, and the traumas of “collaborative” work. Just as the concepts of trauma and trauma-informed care have evolved, the ways in which we celebrate and grow the work we do with survivors also evolves. Please join us for an open discussion on these topics so that we may all learn from each other!

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Sex Trade and Substance Abuse: A Marriage Made in Hell

The use of drugs among those involved in sex work, prostitution or human trafficking is well known. While not everyone uses or is addicted to drugs or alcohol, for many prostitution or sex work serves as a means to an end of getting the substances they need. For others, while initially they are drug free, they may eventually turn to substance use/abuse as an act of self-medicating to numb and distance themselves from the reality of what they are experiencing. And then there are those who are forced to take drugs by their pimps or traffickers as a means of controlling them to ensure that they will do as they are told. But whatever the reason for the use, the outcome of substance use and abuse can have severe consequences both physically and emotionally. In addressing the individual’s recovery, aside from helping the individual heal from the sexual exploitation, it is important that we help them in their recovery from drugs and alcohol. This presentation will discuss the most common types of drugs abused; what their side effects, risks and benefits are; and appropriate forms of treatment.

Presentation Objectives:

·         Name the 5 most common substances used by those in the sex trade;

·         For each substance named, discuss its impact on the user as well as several common and serious side effects; and

Describe an appropriate form of substance abuse treatment for a given substance.


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Understanding The Needs of Asian-Born Victims of Human Trafficking

When working with Asian-Born victims of Human Trafficking, no matter whether it is labor or sex trafficking, the concept of “one size fits all” does not apply to them.  The trauma-informed care model requires integrating cultural, historical and gender issues.  The case planning would require an understanding of their needs, gaining their trust, and empowering them with their own voices and choices.


The presenter will share the toolkit built by her agency and discuss what they have learned, the challenges they face and will continue to face, and what they would like to accomplish by applying this model.  Ms. Chen will also demonstrate why “one size does not fit all” to illustrate the importance of having a culturally appropriated case management plan when working with Asian-Born victims.  


Human Trafficking is a heinous crime, and it exists everywhere in this country as well as in the world; there are no certain patterns, types, or groups.  Often there is a cross section between labor and sex trafficking, so it makes it even more difficult to build a particular model.  However, this does not stop us working to save the women, the victims and their families. Ms. Chen will talk about the importance of partnerships and demonstrate how it worked for her agency and the lessons they learned for all agencies involved.

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Good Victim Vs. Bad Victim and The Role the Media Plays in Framing Societal Thoughts, Practices and Standards

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the role of the media and how it influences people’s mindset and how we respond to events. Danielle will do this by explaining victimhood (good victim vs. bad victim) and how these terms are influenced by the media and people’s perception. Throughout this presentation she will be referencing media framing-- which is the action of shaping or directing one’s thoughts, actions, powers, etc towards a certain cause or purpose. To be clear framing is the study of communication in which the source selects some facets of events, problem, or issue and make connections among them as to promote a particular interpretation.

This is absolutely the case when it comes to a good rape victim versus a bad rape victim. The media highlights a good rape victim as a woman raped by a stranger in a dark alley. Reality tells us that the majority of rapes happen by acquaintances “people we know”. However, it is the victims of those rapes that are identified as the bad victim due to media’s portrayal of what a good rape is. The media currently focus more on the rape victim and their behavior than that of the offender. The media must change its coverage of highlighting the victim to highlighting the wrong action of the offender to help bring justice to the survivors. Purpose of this session is to highlight media framing, explain the truths about RAPE, and to possibly address a solution moving forward.

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