Strengthening Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs for Trafficked Survivors: Enhancing Identification, Case Management and Advocacy

Title:  Strengthening Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs for Trafficked Survivors:  Enhancing Identification, Case Management and Advocacy

Date:  Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Webinar Description:

Domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) service staff increasingly provide assistance to survivors of human trafficking (HT). While there is no official estimate of the total number of HT victims in the U.S., the number of victims reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.  Nationally, DV/SA programs are adapting their services and outreach to better meet the needs of clients who experience DV/SA/HT and to strengthen their collaboration with other community partners.  This webinar will feature two DV/SA advocacy experts who will offer actionable strategies to enhance services for survivors of DV/SA/HT within community based advocacy programs.  They will explore: how to identify staff needs and build capacity; changes to the intake process (identification); case management strategies; and the power of collaborative relationships.

After the webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the intersections of human trafficking with domestic violence and sexual assault, and the unique needs of survivors of human trafficking.
  • Promote the importance of first enhancing staff capacity to address the needs of trafficked survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Identify strategies to strengthen the intake process, identification, and support for trafficked survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault within community based advocacy programs.
  • Utilize tools and resources available to support service providers in enhancing services through the OVW-sponsored Building Collaborative Responses to Human Trafficking Project.


  • Perla P. Flores, JD, MPA, Community Solutions and South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking.
  • Kiricka Yarbough Smith, Anti-Human Trafficking Consultant/Trainer.
  • Mónica Arenas, Program Manager, Futures Without Violence.

Target Audience:

Staff who work in domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking programs including: Executive Directors, Program Directors/Managers/Coordinators, and Advocates who work in OVW-funded programs.  Additional audience members may include programs collaborating with DV/SA/HT advocates; or others providing services to survivors of DV/SA/HT.

Questions? Please contact Mónica Arenas at

This webinar is part of a project entitled Building Collaborative Responses Projectsupported by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K029, 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.