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Topic: Human Trafficking- Addressing the Needs of Survivors - What is the role of the clinician in a trafficking case?Presenter: Elisabet Medina, MSWDate: Friday, January 15, 2016Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00PMLocation: Cedar Point Recovery 8950 Cal Center Drive Suite 161 Sacramento, CA 95826 (map)
This program will benefit LMFT and LCSW licensees and pre-licensees by addressing issues as such as privilege, confidentiality and working as a part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Human Trafficking victims come from a variety of backgrounds -U.S. citizen, immigrants, women, men, adults and minors. Trafficking situations can vary from forced street prostitution to forced labor within a restaurant or domestic servitude within a suburban home.
Clinicians play a vital role in identifying potential victims of trafficking as well as connecting them to vital services. Often victims do not self-identify and it is up to the clinician to identify victims based on red flags. Identified victims present with needs for housing, advocacy within the criminal justice process, and specifically coping with the trauma of what they have endured.
By understanding the nuances of working with victims of trafficking- safety plans, crisis intervention and other practices are greatly improved to the benefits of clients. And given the complexity of trafficking cases, clinicians often become part of a team comprised of case manager, lawyer, clinician, law enforcement and others.
For more information about the presenter and resources for victims of trafficking, please visit:
Polaris Project – www.polarisproject.org Operate the NHTRC hotline
Freedom Network - freedomentworkusa.orgNational network of anti-trafficking service providers
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) – www.castla.orgLeading anti-trafficking agency, phone number listed on SB1193 posters
Elisabet Medina obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Azusa Pacific University near Los Angeles. She pursued service opportunities both domestically and abroad, working with street children and communities affected by HIV. Elisabet graduated with a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organization from the University of Michigan. The focus of Elisabet's work has been with immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes. She currently works at Opening Doors Inc providing case management services to survivors of trafficking and education to the community on the issue. In addition to her work at Opening Doors, Elisabet is the Human Trafficking Representative for the State Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants as well as the Social Services Committee Chair for the Freedom Network USA.
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