Meaningful Engagement and Partnership with Lived Experience Experts of Human Trafficking, Domestic, and Sexual Abuse: Roundtable Webinar

Title: Meaningful Engagement and Partnership with Lived Experience Experts of Human Trafficking, Domestic, and Sexual Abuse   

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Recording w/ ASL and Spanish Interpretation, Live Closed Captioning

PowerPoint Slides

Presenter Bios


Description: Survivors and lived experience experts of human trafficking, domestic abuse, and sexual abuse have diverse capacities and skills to share as direct service professionals and other rolesThis webinar will explore strategies for engaging and empowering survivors of human trafficking in various capacitiesLived experience experts and advocates will share their experience in fostering partnerships and lessons learned through their journeyParticipants will gather strategies for collaboration and to empower lived experience experts to thrive in diverse capacities.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Consider possible avenues to intentionally engage lived experience experts and support the development of their skills and abilities. 
  • Apply strategies to engage lived experience experts meaningfully, through information, inquire, involvement, collaboration, and empowerment. 
  • Explore approaches for partnering with survivors as employees, based on lessons and perspectives of lived experience experts.  
  • Discuss possible barriers for employing lived experience experts and exchange survivor-centered practices and compensation strategies. 
  • Identify strategies, tools, and resources to partner with lived experience experts. 


Perla Flores, JD, MPA (She/Her/ Ella), Senior Division Director, Community Solutions  

Siberia Moreno (She/Her/ Ella), Case Manager, Thriving Self-Sufficiency Pilot, Solutions to Violence Division, Community Solutions 

Chris Ash (They/Them), Survivor Leadership Program Manager Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

Sheri Combs (She/Her), Director of Community and Youth Engagement, Covenant House of New Orleans, Covenant House New Orleans 

Target Audience:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program Staff and Boards, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Staff and Boards, Taskforce members, other interested individuals


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This project is supported by Grant# 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 on Violence Against Women.