Human Trafficking Awareness Month (January 2018)


Human Trafficking Awareness Month - January

In support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers the resources listed below to help educate child welfare professionals, families/caregivers, healthcare providers, justice system professionals, policy makers, school personnel, and survivors on the signs of trafficking and services for human trafficking survivors.

Featured NCTSN Resources

America's Child Soldiers: Gang Violence, Trafficking, & Trauma   
In this webinar, Brad Stolbach and Patricia Kerig explore the conditions that contribute to youth affiliation with armed groups, including racialized structural and economic violence, individual and community traumatization, and high-risk behavioral adaptations to chronic violence.

Facts for Policymakers: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (2015) (PDF)
This policy brief discusses a study comparing the types of trauma exposure, trauma-related symptomatology, functional impairments, and problem behaviors of a clinical CSEC cohort (defined as youth in the CDC who reported involvement in prostitution) with a clinical group of youth who had no reported involvement in prostitution, but had a history of sexual abuse/assault.

Policy Brief Understanding and Addressing Trauma and Child Sex Trafficking (2017) (PDF)
This policy brief provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of child sex trafficking and its relationship to child trauma, as well as policy-relevant and child trauma-focused recommendations to assist them in their response to child sex trafficking. This resource was developed by the NCCTS Policy Program and Dr. Kelly Kinnish (Georgia Center for Child Advocacy), with support from the NCTSN Policy Task Force.

Polyvictimization and Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls and Women Webinar
In this webinar Lisa Goldblatt-Grace defines CSEC and describes the scope of the problem of the commercial sexual exploitation of both girls and young women in the US. Through case examples, the presenter describes how childhood sexual abuse and other early traumas can increase risk for CSEC and complicate efforts at engagement and treatment.

Polyvictimization and Sexual Exploitation of Young Boys and Men Webinar  
In this webinar, Stephen Procopio discusses polyvictimization as it relates to the commercial sexual exploitation of boys and adolescent males. He describes unique issues for both runaway and "throwaway" youth, as well as implications for contracting HIV.

The Impact of Polyvictimization in Victims of Human Sex Trafficking  
In this webinar, Sujata Regina Swaroop discusses the complex issues of human trafficking, how it transects with both polyvictimization and complex trauma, and how to serve survivors.


The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families – Adapted for Youth who are Trafficked

Provides a rationale for trauma-informed assessment and intervention. The Concepts cover a broad range of points that practitioners and agencies should consider as they strive to assess, understand, and assist trauma-exposed children, families, and communities in trauma-informed ways. 

Understanding the Complex Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Series
This speaker series tackles the specific strategies and challenges within each child serving system providing services to commercially sexually exploited children.

In addition to the above resources, NCTSN has gathered resources on trafficking from federal, national, and professional organizations.  To see the additional information, click here.