"Human Trafficking and Exploitation at the Intersection of Natural Disasters"

Natural disasters and environmental threats can fracture the lives of individuals, families and entire communities, creating even greater vulnerability for human trafficking and exploitation.

A person can be sold and exploited across the nexus of force, fraud, and coercion and across the spectrum of race, ethnicity, culture, and gender identify. However, existing vulnerable populations and specifically Marginalized. Masked. Missed. communities of color feel these threats even greater than most.

Direct and indirect victims and survivors can suffer physical, emotional and psychological trauma and scars from displacement and loss, however, they are at greater risk for trauma exposures and experiences that can be directly attributed to human trafficking and exploitation victimization.

One of the most overlooked needs for emergency preparedness is specific intersecting threats caused by human trafficking and exploitation scheme which exacerbate trauma identification, triage and treatment provided through a continuum of care that is coordinated, cooperative and consistent. First responders, community leaders, and governmental agencies are responsible for ensuring the coordination of culturally responsive and responsible services and support offered through a public health crisis lens by providers who are properly vetted.


Outline/Structure of the Interactive

Training and interactive

Learning Outcome

  • Identify vulnerable populations of human trafficking and exploitation schemes
  • Assess existing policies, practices, and protocols
  • Develop Trauma-Informed Care Teams (TIC Teams)
  • Culturally "Responsive and Responsible" services and support
  • Develop mass media messaging for public awareness

Target Audience

medical, mental health, law enforcement, educators, social workers, organization/government leaders

Prerequisites for Attendees


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