Human Trafficking victims often fear their captors enough to not tell the police or others who can help them. Victims often instead will protect their traffickers and face arrest and conviction rather than revealing their trafficking experience. Victims face the phenomena of a “trauma bond” or Stockholm’s syndrome. Their own safety and future is not important.
When they are able to escape, heal, and start their lives over, many victims have criminal backgrounds that stop them from moving forward. Criminal backgrounds can prevent them from securing safe housing, employment, education, and access to certain activities that promote growth & healing. The NSN will discuss this issue and provide examples of these barriers so we can work together to change our system to support long-term growth and healing among victims.
Moderator: Beth Jacobs, Founder of Willow Way
--Ima Matul, Survivor Coordinator, The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
--Dr. Katariina Rosenblatt, Founder & President, There Is Hope For Me
--Nat Paul, Survivor Advocate
--Pamela Michell, Survivor Advocate
--Shandra Woworuntu, Founder & Director, Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program
--Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, Survivor Advocate and member of U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking