In this presentation, you will learn how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs aka child trauma in the home environment) make children like Hailey vulnerable to labor and sex trafficking. ACEs are prevalent in our society with 33% of Americans experiencing at least one adverse childhood experience, while 20% of Americans have experienced three or more. Hailey has an ACE score of ten, the highest score possible. Her childhood was filled with chronic trauma, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. This left Hailey feeling unsafe, unwanted, and unloved creating pathways for traffickers to exploit Hailey and force her into sexual slavery for years. Because of one trauma-informed officer building trust, Hailey is now on a pathway to thriving and wants to help professionals and communities understand the ACEs to trafficking pipeline that led to her being a survivor of modern-day slavery.
Understand the Adverse Childhood Experiences research findings.
Know your own ACE Score.
Understand the neurobiology of complex trauma and the vulnerabilities ACEs create in survivors.
Identify techniques traffickers use to exploit survivors of adverse childhood experiences.
Identify other types of modern-day slavery in other parts of the world and how adverse childhood experiences create pathways to slavery.