Webinar: Fighting for the Rights of Human Trafficking Survivors


When:  Feb 7, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET)


Online Instructions:
Url: http://naswinstitute.inreachce.com/Details/Information/c7828999-69cf-43cf-84c6-8f6631b7e08e
Login: Register at the link above using your NASW username and password.


Cost: SPS Members:  Free / NASW Members:  $20 / Non-NASW Members: $30

CE: 1 Social Work Contact Hour

Presenter:  Rachel Swartzendruber, LCSW, CACII; Talie Watzman, MSW; Marianna Kosharovsky, JD

Although people across the developmental and gender spectrum have been subject to human trafficking, reports indicate that vulnerability increases the risk of human trafficking. Polaris, which operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline, has stated that “immigrants, refugees, and others are at increased risk…” Human trafficking in both its forms has been found in a variety of legal and illegal businesses. Commercial sexual exploitation has been found in street-based prostitution, escort services and other industries. Labor trafficking has been found in domestic service, restaurants, hospitality, agriculture, traveling sales crews and other industries. 

Human trafficking survivors often walk through the doors of various agencies seeking a broad range of assistance. Because of the nature of human trafficking, whereby the survivor had been forced, defrauded or coerced by their perpetrator into criminal activity or severe instability in living conditions, survivors of human trafficking often have a variety of unresolved legal problems that continue to follow them long after they escape. Survivors may need to clear criminal records for crimes they were forced to commit by the trafficker, fight for child custody, negotiate with debt collectors or deal with a myriad of other legal problems. Finding the right attorney at the right time, and knowing how to best support the survivor during the arduous process of legal representation, can be particularly challenging.

This program addresses specific issues in screening and needs assessment related to connecting the survivor to appropriate legal representation, as well as practical tips for how to support survivor empowerment and communication with legal professionals.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be provided a brief overview of trends in human trafficking in the US and options for free legal services and resources.
  • Participants will be able to employ strategies for supporting the whole family approach to meet the needs of survivors.
  • Participants will learn to identify certain challenges and approaches for addressing multi-disciplinary support for survivors.
  • Participants will discuss tips and practices for supporting survivor empowerment during legal representation from ALIGHT case studies.