"Responding to the Public Health Crisis of Human Trafficking during 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. Vulnerable populations and specifically existing Marginalized. Masked. Missed. communities of color feel these threats even greater than most.

Direct and indirect victims and survivors 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.

The need for targeted emergency preparedness specific to the threat of human trafficking and exploitation trauma requires a coordinated, cooperative, consistent continuum of care. First responders, community leaders, and governmental agencies are responsible for ensuring the coordination of responsive and responsible services and support are provided through a culturally appropriate public health lens.


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)
  • Coordinate "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

None. However, persons with Emergency Preparedness, Risk Factor Assessment, Policies, and Practices of your development, first responder training are encouraged to attend.

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