Webinar: Intersection of Homelessness and Human Trafficking
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center will host a 90-minute webinar to highlight the correlation between homelessness and human trafficking, review research, and learn best practices for providing housing to homeless victims of human trafficking.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Examine perspectives from survivors, service providers, and researchers to understand the intersection between homelessness and human trafficking
- Understand the experience of homeless individuals who are at a greater risk of trafficking or who are more likely to experience trafficking
- Identify promising practices and service responses that address access to housing for those experiencing trafficking
- Jean Bruggeman is the Executive Director of Freedom Network USA, a national alliance of experienced advocates working with survivors of all forms of human trafficking to ensure that trafficked persons have access to justice, safety, and opportunity. Freedom Network runs the Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project. Ms. Bruggeman has more than 15 years of victim services experience and expertise in nonprofit management, language access, immigration, human trafficking, and domestic violence. She has developed comprehensive legal and social services programs for survivors, provided direct legal representation to survivors, authored training resources, and developed an interpreter service to ensure access to legal services in the District of Columbia. Ms. Bruggeman is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Bryn Mawr College.
- Julia Einbond is the Director of Strategy and Learning at Covenant House where she uses data and information to continuously improve the effectiveness of Covenant House New Jersey's statewide programs for youth seeking to exit homelessness. Ms. Einbond conducted a study involving homeless youth that led to the development of a trauma-informed screening tool. Ms. Einbond also supervises staff attorneys providing legal representation to homeless youth in noncriminal matters arising from the experience of homelessness or limiting youth's ability to achieve their long-term goals.
- Nat Kinnicutt (Nat Paul) is a transgender-identified survivor of sex trafficking. She has worked with the Office for Victims of Crime’s 2016 Survivor Forum and participated in the SOAR Technical Working Group under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ms. Paul has provided survivor input for video awareness campaigns for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign as well as input for the HHS awareness campaign. Ms. Paul has also been requested to assist with LGBTQ+ inclusive policy and training materials for the state of California as well as present on the need for inclusivity in the state of Iowa. Ms. Paul is also working to establish PRISM—Pride and Respect for Individuals in Sexual Minorities—which will assist in research, awareness, and long-term aftercare of LGBTQ survivors of trafficking in persons.
- Alison Iannarone is a Behavioral Health Specialist at Covenant House New Jersey. She works directly with homeless and at-risk youth under the age of 22 to ensure they are connected to supportive services and community resources. Ms. Iannarone has an M.S.W. from the NYU School of Social Work.