SOAR Pilot: Emergency Managers and First Responders

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) is excited to deliver a virtual pilot of our new SOAR training designed for emergency managers on how to prevent and respond to trafficking within a disaster management framework. This training was developed in collaboration with the Office on Trafficking in Persons, the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.  

Disasters and emergencies result in a variety of disruptions and damage to the human and social services infrastructure, systems, and networks on which communities rely to survive. This can make those that rely on them more vulnerable to human trafficking. This 1-hour pilot leverages a disaster management framework to support emergency managers in preventing, identifying, and responding to trafficking in their professional setting. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the increased nexus between sex and labor trafficking and a disaster. 

  • Develop concrete strategies and educational and outreach materials. ​ 

  • Engage stakeholders in executing the response plan​. 

  • Conduct assessments for communication touchpoints to respond.​ 

  • Communicate human trafficking indicators to different audiences.​ 

  • Understand that foreign labor may be trafficked to meet the demand generated by recovery or rebuilding efforts. 

Event Date

United States

T/TA Modality
Target Audience
Behavioral health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health/substance use counselors)
Child welfare (state agency staff; child welfare contractors; non-profit personnel)
Health care (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentist, nurses, pharmacists)
Housing (case workers, shelter directors, public housing authority agencies)
Social worker (case manager, school counselor, supervisor, administrator)
Survivors of human trafficking
Victim service providers
T/TA Topic
Community Partnerships
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)
Disaster Response
Organizational Protocols, Policies, and Procedures
SOAR Framework
Survivor Involvement
Trauma-Informed Approach