Substance Use in Human Trafficking

Graciela Marquina, MSW - Community Services Advocate, Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center | Kristina Bailey, MSW - Anti-Trafficking Program Supervisor, International Rescue Committee | Robin Silberman, MS - Survivor Mentor, Whole Child Leon

April 15, 2021

Training Description

Substance use and human trafficking occur together very often. Traffickers use drugs and alcohol to groom, lure, manipulate, and control the people they are trafficking. Victims and survivors who are substance dependent are targeted by traffickers because of this vulnerability. How can those who work with adults or youth who are sex and labor trafficked understand how to best support survivors who have substance use disorders? What do substance use disorder professionals need to know about human trafficking? How can we all do more to understand the intersection of substance use and trauma and how this can impact survivors over the short and long terms?