Supporting Survivors of Trafficking with Intellectual Disabilities: Prevention and Response Through Multi-Systems Collaboration

Title: Supporting Survivors of Trafficking with Intellectual Disabilities: Prevention and Response Through Multi-Systems Collaboration 

Date: January 25, 2024

Time: 11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET (90 minutes)

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Description: Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at a disproportionately higher risk of experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Unfortunately, due to the marginalization of individuals with ID, victims/survivors are often not recognized or offered appropriate support and services. The webinar will explore vulnerability factors facing the ID community and how organizations can work collaboratively to offer person-centered support to those who have experienced trafficking. 

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Identify individual and systemic factors influencing the vulnerability of individuals with ID to exploitation and trafficking 
  • Recognize indicators of possible trafficking, and subtle nuances in presentation when interacting with a victim/survivor with ID 
  • Initiate and facilitate multisystem collaboration 
  • Explore methods of balancing institutional responsibility for ensuring safety and respecting individual autonomy 
  • Apply (employ) survivor-centered response practices when working with survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault with intellectual disabilities.  


Katherine Antall, MS is the Human Sexuality Specialist at The Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities. With a commitment to supporting survivors of sexual exploitation who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), Katherine plays a vital role in their empowerment and recovery. Her expertise extends to consulting for multidisciplinary teams, where she leverages her knowledge to enhance the quality of care and services provided to survivors with I/DD.  Katherine’s engaging presentations shed light on the crucial intersection of trafficking and I/DD, raising awareness and facilitating dialogue on this critical issue. Additionally, Katherine is a passionate researcher, conducting qualitative studies to further understand and combat trafficking within the I/DD community.  

Susan Kahan, MA, LCPC

As a member of the clinical staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute on Disability and Human Development, Susan provides individual and group therapy for children through adults on a broad range of mental health, developmental, and behavioral concerns, specializing in trauma.  Susan provides consultation around the country on disability-related topics including trauma and trauma-informed care, sexual abuse and human trafficking, sexuality and healthy relationships, and crisis intervention. In addition, Susan is certified in forensic interviewing, with additional certification in interviewing people with disabilities and people who do not speak.  Susan provides training and consultation for law enforcement, trauma centers, disability agencies, professionals, schools, and families.  

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.