Date Created: March 17, 2021
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Ask an Expert: Human Trafficking and Vulnerable Populations

August 2021

While there is no defining characteristic of a human trafficking victim, traffickers often look for victims with noticeable vulnerabilities such as lack of social support networks, low self-esteem, or financial or housing insecurity. A panel of experts share information on ways human trafficking intersects with so many areas and how to support survivors in accessing services.

Ask an Expert: Building A Strong Human Trafficking Program

May 2021

Creating a human trafficking program, whether from the ground up or in addition to existing services, requires a multi-tiered approach. Internal organizational structure must be developed or enhanced alongside external service networks and partnerships. This discussion highlights steps in identifying the local need and defining a program’s vision, mission, and goals for its human trafficking victim services.

Ask an Expert: Human Trafficking Data - Using Local Data to Better Understand Trafficking in Your Community

March 2021

Data is a valuable tool in reaching potential victims of human trafficking, recognizing patterns and tactics of perpetrators, identifying vulnerabilities in industry, and informing an organization’s policies, protocols, and partnerships in serving victims. This discussion includes information on data sources, applications of data, data analysis from multiple sources, and vulnerable population data to better understand human trafficking in a specific community.

Ask an Expert: Addressing the Housing Need

February 2021

Transitional housing can be a lifeline for victims of human trafficking. Finding adequate and appropriate emergency, transitional, and long-term housing for victims of human trafficking is often the biggest service-related challenge organizations face. Discussion topics include information on potential housing partners, understanding a rights-based approach focused on survivor short- and long-term needs, available federal funding, and how to build a housing program.