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Trauma-Informed Care for Survivors of Human Trafficking: A State of the Field in 2019

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This report recognizes and highlights trauma-informed practices from 157 service providers who interact with survivors of human trafficking, puts the practices in the context of relevant literature in the field, and identifies areas in which organizations and the field as a whole can improve.
This report presents findings from survey conducted from September to December of 2019 to assess the current state of service providers in the United States who support survivors of human trafficking. The survey found that most respondents believe they are well-informed about trauma-informed care in general, but when asked about specific topics of trauma-informed care for human trafficking survivors, consistently one-third of respondents indicated they have little knowledge about the specifics of trauma-informed care. Overall, survey findings indicate that although there is a baseline understanding of the need for trauma-informed practice in work with human trafficking survivors, there is a need for new types and formats of training and technical assistance that apply knowledge and theory in practice.
Date Created: November 3, 2020