Recent graduates of the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy (HTLA) fellowship program worked together to provide recommendations that address the question:
“Using trauma-informed principles and survivor-informed practices, what strategies could reduce risk factors and increase protective factors within families that prevent the trafficking of minors? How can anti-trafficking efforts incorporate 2-generation and whole family approaches to programs and policies?”
Fellows of Class 3 of the HTLA—six survivor leaders and six nongovernment service providers—presented their recommendations in Washington, DC, to members of the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP), Office on Women’s Health (OWH), and other federal stakeholders. Their recommendations focus on risk reduction, cultural competency, housing, and peer support as well as how federal grantees can create easily accessible 2-generation resource centers to assist families and children in developing and strengthening their protective factors.
2-generation approaches suggest that children succeed when parents succeed and vice versa; therefore, supportive services require a response to the family unit and their interwoven need. The fellows’ recommendations include the need to:
- Identify neighborhoods that would benefit from a 2-generation resource center
- Use data that show the targeted community and its families lack capacity among their protective factors
- Use a “collective impact” model and partner with government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and nonprofits to minimize cost and expand the resource center’s programs
Over the course of the HTLA program, the fellows acquired leadership skills while working to provide substantive input that will inform awareness, understanding, and assistance to survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of human trafficking. Learn more about the HTLA Class 3 fellows.
Comments from the HTLA Class 3 Graduates
“I have grown not only as a professional but as a person as well. I am so proud for being a part of this amazing group and anti-trafficking movement!”
“Awesome experience and an outstanding group of people!”
“A great leader is a great learner. I learned to learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
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