One of the primary benefits of looking at human trafficking as a public health issue is the emphasis on prevention: that is, looking at the systemic issues that cause people to be vulnerable to human trafficking in the first place. Upstream determinants, such as domestic violence, substance use, poverty, and immigration status, may put some individuals at a higher risk for trafficking than others. A public health approach to trafficking moves upstream to identify preventive measures that, when combined with downstream interventions, can work to decrease the number of individuals who experience trafficking.
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to investigate the role of substance use for individuals at risk of, currently experiencing, or recovering from trafficking; examine trauma-informed approaches from providers, client-based, and research perspectives to understand contributing factors to vulnerability; and identify promising practices and recommend spotlight treatment options that address the underlying issues that can put victims and survivors at risk.
This one hour webinar introduces a public health framework for human trafficking, which allows communities to identify and respond to the complex needs of all survivors of human trafficking while addressing the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking. This webinar applies the “upstream-downstream” metaphor to a public health approach, and examines the success of looking upstream in building a public health response to other social issues, such as domestic violence or anti-smoking efforts.
The Toolkit for Building Survivor-Informed Organizations is a collection of new and existing resources that build organizational capacity to collaborate with and support staff, volunteers, and consultants who identify as survivor leaders.
The Adult Human Trafficking Screening Tool is designed for use across various health care, behavioral health, social services, and public health settings in order to assess adult patients or clients for human trafficking victimization or risk for potential trafficking victimization.