March 19, 2021
“Survivor-centered,” “survivor-led,” “survivor-informed,” “ally” – these are all terms that are commonly used in the anti-trafficking field, but what do they really mean? How do they differ and why do they matter? The needs of child and adult survivors can be complex. They cannot be effectively addressed through any singular entity, perspective, discipline or approach. Development of a comprehensive response that considers everything from state-level policies to multidisciplinary team case staffings requires input and participation from many, including survivors. This presentation defines and discusses these issues and offer information on how survivor engagement is best and most effective, perceived barriers, Florida’s work to date and other issues related to survivor engagement. The presentation covers a broad range of anti-trafficking efforts, and will benefit anyone working within the anti-trafficking field or who is a possible contact point in the community for those who are trafficked or who are at risk of being trafficked.