Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: A Training Institute

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

Date: November 14-15, 2019

Location: Portland, Oregon

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.

Deadline Extended!

Please apply in multidisciplinary teams by September 20, 2019

For questions, including on your team configuration, please contact:

Mónica Arenas at, Tel: 415-678-5519

Application Form

Topics to be covered

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.
  • Describe the intersections of human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence.
  • Provide a victim-centered, trauma-informed response to trafficked survivors.
  • Collaborate with healthcare providers, community health centers and other health systems to support the short- and long-term health needs of survivors.
  • Create an action plan to develop and implement a collaborative response to address human trafficking in your community.

Who may attend?

  • *OVW grantees may apply in multidisciplinary teams comprised of different organizations (teams of 3-4 people) who may include, but not limited to: domestic violence/sexual assault program staff, attorneys/legal experts, law enforcement, human trafficking taskforce members, civil law enforcement agencies, and healthcare. At least one member of each team must be an OVW grantee.
  • 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 Manager.

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 15 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 and application form.

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, NC Council for Women
  • John Vanek, Lieutenant (retired), Human Trafficking Consultant
  • Perla Flores, Division Director for DV/SA/HT Programs, Community Solutions/South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking
  • Cindy Liou, Human Trafficking Consultant
  • Anna Marjavi, Futures Without Violence
  • Mónica Arenas, Futures Without Violence

Training Schedule: 

Thursday, November 14, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 15, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The training is provided free of charge. Please note that participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, travel arrangements, and costs associated with attending.  Accommodations are available at the government rate of $150/night plus 15.3% tax.  Detailed information on the hotel 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: Monica Arenas,