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Published: January 1, 2022

These recommendations and checklist were developed by fellows of Class 7 of the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy (HTLA), a fellowship organized by the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center and Coro Northern California. A team of allied professionals and survivor leaders worked together to respond to the following question: “How can federally funded human trafficking service providers address institutional inequities and barriers to accessing services for survivors of human trafficking? How can these networks improve their response to human trafficking for communities of color?” 
 
The fellows make recommendations on minimum expectations for organizations in the anti-human trafficking movement and related fields who receive funding (at either a local, state, or federal level) for the purpose of providing support and services to human trafficking survivors and communities of color. They are intended to build an organization’s capacity to address institutional inequities and barriers to accessing services for survivors of human trafficking and communities/people of color (POC). The HTLA fellowship is funded by the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The recommendations and content of this report do not necessarily represent the views of OTIP, OWH, or HHS.

HTLA Class 7 Recommendations Report

 

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Published: November 11, 2021

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center hosted a 90-minute webinar on emerging trends and case studies addressing economic mobility. The webinar highlighted survivor-informed models that organizations may implement on financial literacy and sustainable employment opportunities for people who have experienced trafficking. This webinar was moderated by Jenna Novak (Deputy Director, NHTTAC) and included Jill Brogdon (Vice-Chair, Colorado Human Trafficking Council), Tannia Ventura (Director of Partnerships and Education, FreeFrom), and Lenore Schaffer (Senior Manager of Economic Empowerment, Restore NYC) as speakers on the topic. 


As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following: 

  • Understand institutional barriers to economic mobility and financial sustainability for individuals who have experienced human trafficking. 
  • Share successful approaches to integrating financial literacy and financial capacity-building services into trafficking programming. 
  • Discuss innovative programs that provide greater access to post-secondary employment opportunities. 

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Published: November 11, 2021

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) hosted a 90-minute webinar on emerging trends and case studies that address protective factors for children. The webinar highlighted how systems can better work with at-risk populations, including LGBTQIA2S+ youth, all-male youth, runaway youth, youth who are experiencing homelessness, Indigenous youth, and unaccompanied children. This webinar was moderated by Jenna Novak (Deputy Director, NHTTAC) and included Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman (Licensed Behavioral Psychologist, King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency), Sue Aboul-Hosn (Regional Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinator, Florida Department of Children and Families), and Kiricka Yarbough Smith (Director of Human Trafficking Programs, North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement Grants/Department of Administration) as speakers on the topic.
 

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how “disconnected youth” interact with systems. 
  • Discuss trauma-informed and survivor-informed strategies that systems-based employees may use to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for youth, families, and communities.
  • Examine innovative models within systems used across the United States to prevent the trafficking of disconnected youth.

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Published: November 11, 2021

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) hosted a 90-minute webinar on emerging trends and case studies that address protective factors for children. The webinar highlighted identifying at-risk populations, including LGBTQIA2S+ youth, all-male youth, runaway and homeless youth, Native youth, and unaccompanied minors. This webinar was moderated by Jenna Novak (National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center) and included Anna Smith, LCSWA, Erik Gray (Queers Uniting to End Exploitation), and Deanna Pruitt (Sasha Bruce Youthwork) as speakers on the topic.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define “disconnected youth” and understand why they are at risk of human trafficking.
  • Discuss trauma- and survivor-informed strategies to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for youth, families, and communities.
  • Examine innovative models used to prevent trafficking of disconnected youth across the United States.

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Published: November 11, 2021

How to Improve Services for Males Experiencing Trafficking is a resource that provides behavioral health and social service providers with a way to engage and build rapport with male clients and to address each client’s specific risk factors related to human trafficking at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. This tool aligns each factor with suggestions on how to build rapport with male clients, leverage universal education and motivational interviewing techniques to engage in meaningful conversations that help male clients understand their risk factors, differentiate between what trauma and exploitation is and what it is not, and to commit to accessing services.

How to Improve Services for Males Experiencing Trafficking Fact Sheet

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Published: September 9, 2021

Participating in peer support groups can lead to positive outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders, but many peer support programs are not trauma-informed and it is unclear whether they are the best fit for individuals who experience human trafficking. This brief describes the process of planning and providing training and technical assistance (T/TA) to a survivor-led organization that is piloting a peer-led, evidence-based, and trauma-informed program called Seeking Safety with individuals who are experiencing trafficking and a substance use disorder.  
 

Peer-to-Peer Brief

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Published: September 9, 2021

​​​​​​The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of offender reentry; explore the intersection between human trafficking and prisons; explore how programs and services for offender reentry can support survivor reentry; discuss ways reentry programs can support self-sufficiency; and discuss recommendations for leveraging best practices from offender reentry programs to assist the reintegration of survivors of trafficking.

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Published: September 9, 2021

The objective of this literature review and annotated bibliography is to identify significant research on ACEs and social determinants of health found in at-risk populations, including children in and aging out of foster care, runaway and homeless youth, unaccompanied children (UC), Indigenous youth, and rural and urban youth. The goal of this literature review is to inform trafficking prevention efforts by leveraging knowledge gained from existing research. After the conclusion of the literature review, an annotated bibliography is provided with a synopsis of 33 relevant articles published between 2000 to 2017 from various disciplines, including psychology, youth studies, public health, and health care.

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Published: September 9, 2021

The Human Trafficking Community Readiness Guide was created by a diverse group of subject matter experts, including individuals with lived experience, with the intention to strengthen community readiness in anti-trafficking work. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how communities can assess their current efforts and develop sustainable strategies based on their level of readiness. This guide will help community providers and organizations create an effective, coordinated, multidisciplinary, and tailored approach to identify and respond to trafficking in your unique community.

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Published: September 9, 2021

The Human Trafficking Programming During Disasters and Emergencies Fact Sheets are meant for emergency managers and service providers to easily access information to help prevent trafficking and continue operations during disasters and emergencies.

The fact sheets are:

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