Title: Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Date: November 14-16, 2023

Location: New Orleans, LA

Description: This training will focus on improving collaborative responses for adult/youth domestic violence and sexual assault victims who have also experienced human trafficking.  The 2-day training will provide multidisciplinary participating teams with effective skill-building to identify, assist and promote safety for trafficked survivors; promote peer exchange to share innovation and help problem solve; and improve team coordination and recruitment of new partners to enhance services that increase survivors’ access to social services, health care, legal, and criminal resources that promote their healing and justice.

Please apply in multidisciplinary teams by September 18, 2023

For questions, including on your team configuration, please contact: Vivian Baylor at

As a result of this training participants will be better able to:

  • Strengthen multi-disciplinary collaborative strategies in responding to youth and adult trafficked survivors with domestic violence and sexual assault experiences.
  • Define and clarify professional and organizational roles and responsibilities in responding to trafficked survivors.
  • Recognize the ways human trafficking can intersect with domestic and sexual violence.
  • Provide a survivor-centered and trauma-informed collaborative response to trafficked survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, considering equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Create a collaborative action plan to address human trafficking in the context of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Who is invited to attend?

  • Multidisciplinary teams comprised of different organizations (teams of 2-4) which may include but are not limited to: domestic violence/sexual assault program staff, healthcare staff, attorneys/legal experts, law enforcement, anti-human trafficking programs, and task force members, and other community-based programs. It is recommended that team members have at least 1-2 years of anti-HT experience.
  • At least one of the team members needs to represent a DV/SA organization.
  • Teams with diverse decision-makers with at least one designated lead person.
  • OVW grantees and their OVW grantee partners can participate and use their OVW travel funds to send grant-funded staff and partners to this training, with prior approval from their OVW Program
  • Priority will be given to groups that have recently started or would like to enhance their existing collaborative efforts to improve support for HT survivors, through an anti-human trafficking task force, coalition, or other multidisciplinary partnership.

How to apply:

  • Teams interested in participating must submit an application. If you are using OVW funds to participate, please obtain approval from your OVW program specialist. Due to space limitations of up to 12 multidisciplinary teams, your application is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance letter from FUTURES’ staff. Click here to view the online application & printable flyer.

Training Format:

  • Interactive and innovative educational sessions
  • Cross-professional sessions on building collaborations
  • Case analysis and application
  • Peer exchange


  • Kiricka Yarbough-Smith, Human Trafficking Consultant, North Carolina
  • Perla Flores, Program Director, Community Solutions/South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking
  • David Ryan, Chief of Police (Retired), Westchester County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, NY
  • Sheri Combs, Covenant House New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Vivian Baylor, Futures Without Violence
  • Mónica Arenas, Futures Without Violence

Training Schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023: 8:30 m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023: 8:30 m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023: 8:30 m. – 12:00 p.m.


The training is provided free of charge. Participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, travel arrangements, and costs associated with attending.  Accommodations are available at the government rate of $151/night plus 16.20 % tax + $2 occupancy fee.  Logistics information will be provided upon confirmation.

Please do not make any flight or other travel arrangements until you hear from us that OVW has approved the program and that you have been accepted as a participant. Also in the interim, please ensure that your OVW program manager has approved expenditures from your award to attend the workshop.

For questions, including on your team configuration, please contact: Vivian Baylor at

This project is supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02211-MUMU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office