HEAL Direct Services- Addressing the Needs of Labor Trafficking Survivors

This HEAL Trafficking panel discussion brings together labor trafficking survivors and human trafficking service providers to discuss promising practices in addressing the needs of labor trafficking survivors, from a public health perspective.
Guest Panelists included:

Angela Guanzon is Medical Biller and Coder and a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. Angela is a survivor of labor trafficking, a HEAL Trafficking Board Member, and a member of CAST Survivor Leadership Program, where she currently serves as Committee Chair. Angela provides training for various audiences, including healthcare providers, victim advocates, service providers, and law enforcement. Angela also contributes to the development of survivor-informed trainings, including OVC’s TTAC Professional Development for Human Trafficking Survivors Pilot Training and a 40 hour Human Trafficking Investigation Course with California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as part of POST’s Institute for Criminal Investigations (ICI). Also, Angela is a part of the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) pilot of the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy (HTLA) to develop recommendation of survivor-informed services for the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sulan Chang is the Program Director of Victim Services at Mosaic Family Services, a safe haven for survivors of human trafficking and family violence. Mosaic Family Services provides shelter, legal, counseling, case management, and other support services for survivors of labor and sex trafficking, family violence, and other victims of violent crimes. Mosaic is also a founder and active member of the North Texas Anti-Trafficking Task Force and the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Sulan has supervised the Services for Victims of Trafficking and Multicultural Family Violence programs at Mosaic since 2012, and provided comprehensive case management for survivors since 2007. She regularly provides training, community education and awareness, and technical assistance regarding the dynamics of human trafficking, family violence, trauma-informed care, cultural competency, and other related best practices.

Rafael Bautista is an Expert Consultant for OVCTTAC, the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center and NHTTAC, National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center. His expertise and real life experiences has helped different organizations in creating marketing products, training programs, strategies, videos, and posters for human trafficking awareness. As an active member of the National Survivor Network, Mr. Bautista has testified in support of bills that provide better services for survivors of human trafficking. He assisted Humanity United on the development of Pathways to Freedom; the Department of Homeland Security with their Blue Campaign- the Department’s human trafficking awareness and education programs; and the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force.Graduated from the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy at the NHTTAC, Mr. Bautista has participated in various panels and plenary sessions across the country, for example Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Los Angeles, CA, Reno, NV, Chicago, IL and in his local area, Sacramento, CA. As an instructor, Mr. Bautista participated in the event, “Handling Human Trafficking Cases” with the Judicial Council of California and also, instructed at the South Carolina Victim Assistance Advance Academy. As a local community leader at the Sacramento Rescue and Restore Coalition, Mr. Bautista has shared his skills and expertise with his fellow advocates and his fellow survivors, believing that any and all survivors can be restored and reintegrated into society in a positive way, with the proper support.

Moderator: Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in traumatic stress. She is a staff psychologist, supervisor, and member of the Training Faculty at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, one of the nation’s leading agencies in the study and treatment of the psychological impact of exposure to trauma. She is the Director of Project REACH, a program that serves victims of human trafficking throughout the United States. Since 2003, she has led a team of team of trauma and human trafficking specialists who provide evaluation and short-term individual and group intervention to foreign national and domestic survivors of labor and/or sex trafficking. She provides national training and technical assistance to cross-discipline professionals, focusing on the traumatic impact of human trafficking, building trauma-informed care systems, and offering complex trauma treatment to survivors. She has written numerous articles, book chapters, and books on trauma, human trafficking, and the treatment of complex trauma. Dr. Hopper completed a Master of Science degree (1999) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2001) at St. Louis University, an internship at the Medical College of Virginia (2001), and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Trauma Center in Boston (2003). Dr. Hopper is Co-Chair of the Mental Health Council for the HEAL Trafficking Network. She is on the leadership committee of the TRuST Collaborative, a national anti-trafficking network of mental health providers. She oversees the New England Coalition Against Trafficking, a regional network of cross-discipline professionals who are fighting against human trafficking. She is also a consultant for the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center.

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