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Trauma & The Brain

When it comes to working with trafficked victims, mental “chains” are real. Learn first hand how brainwashing works, the ins and outs of neurology and trauma, and how all of these things combined impact the survivors we serve. Walk away with tips and techniques to help heal and rewire the brain as well as interview […]

Building Resilience through a Multi-Disciplinary Approach: Techniques for Working with Victims of Human Trafficking

Victims and survivors of human trafficking experience chronic and complex trauma throughout their lives. This session will focus on understanding these traumas and how to incorporate promising practices that prevent retraumatization when supporting them through recovery. Attendees will gain an understanding of person-centered and trauma informed (PCTI) approaches, and examples of how to utilize these […]

Complex Trauma & Addiction: A Survivor’s Story of Childhood Exploitation & Adult Human Trafficking

This session will provide in-depth, real-life stories and experiences demonstrating how commercial sexual exploitation in early childhood (CSEC) can normalize abusive relationships and, without critical identification or intervention, often leads to ongoing exploitation in adulthood. Join Maria as she reveals her own journey through the recruitment, grooming, manipulation, and abuse she experienced, her barriers to […]

Journal of Human Trafficking

With the inaugural issue published in 2015, Journal of Human Trafficking has become a leader in the dissemination of scholarship on all issues related to trafficking in persons—from prevention and intervention, to protection and prosecution. This presentation will focus on how JHT emerged as a scholarly journal published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, as well as […]

Visual Culture, Ethnicity, Gender & Sexuality Scholar

Presenter Aaunterria Treil Bollinger-Deters M.A.Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Ethnic StudiesDoctoral Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Journalism and Media CommunicationsCommittee Member, ACT Human Rights Film Festival Programming Advisory Committee, Dept. of Communication StudiesCommittee Member, Non-Tenure Track Faculty Advisory Committee, College of Liberal Arts, Colorado State UniversityFaculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence, 2022-2023 […]

Removing the Mystery from Dissociation

PRESENTER: Kelly R Patterson is a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking; beginning at the early age of 4 and escaping at age 22. Patterson has worked with hundreds of dissociated individuals through her previous private practice and currently via Treasured Lives, a 501c3 non-profit Advocacy organization working with survivors of sex trafficking and CSE. […]