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 3 or more. Hailey has an ACE score of 10, 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.
Mitigate survivor vulnerabilities to prevent or respond to labor and sex trafficking cases.
Identify service or practice gaps in their communities that prevent survivors from accessing needed services.
Develop trauma-informed interventions in their professional settings and Use self-reflection to determine if they are truly trauma-informed and using good practice personally.
Understand that trauma heals in the context of personal trusting relationships that are safe and predictable.
Discuss adverse childhood experiences and their lifelong consequences for survivors and the community as a whole.