Speaker Series: Heather Sams
"United States Response to Human Trafficking"
Date: July 1, 2020
Time: 12 p.m.
This presentation will begin with Advisory Board member for the Louisville Trauma Resilience Community & member of Attorney General of Kentucky’s Survivors Council sharing her own personal story of familial human trafficking. We will then examine what types of assistance may be available to survivors on both national & local levels and specifically look at how VOCA funds are generated and dispersed. Additionally, we’ll discuss how the financial incentives offered through the Safe Families Act of 1997 have impacted the increased numbers of child sex trafficking in state agencies like CPS and also the US foster care program. We’ll explore why NY’s public corruption unit led the human trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein & if the connection between public corruption & human trafficking prompted FBI to develop the LPC-CRTF (Louisville public corruption-civil rights task force) and also establish 49 public corruption task forces in cities all across America, including Indianapolis. Lastly, we’ll examine the message that our judicial system sends out to both survivors and traffickers with every decision that they make & how the reporting of these cases impacts societal involvement.
Speaker Series: Rebecca Bender
"Roots of Resiliency"
Date: July 8, 2020
Time: 12 p.m.
After enduring nearly six years of human trafficking, Rebecca emerged as one of the nation’s leading experts in human trafficking. Listen to her remarkable story where she gives insights to root causes and exit plans that assisted in recovery. Through the lens of a survivor, attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the issues of exploitation, why victims don’t run and have tools to build resiliency in others.
Speaker Series: Eric Harris
"A Male Perspective Into Familial & Commercial Sex Trafficking"
Date: July 15, 2020
Time: 12 p.m.
In this presentation, you will gain insight into what the familial and commercial sex trafficking grooming process looks like and have a call to action. Eric will explore the intersection between trafficking and the criminal justice system. He explores his personal experiences of being labeled as a juvenile offender and how he was failed by the system. Eric aims to provide insight into what the survivor population needs in order to thrive within our community.
Speaker Series: K.D. Roche
"Dissociative Disorders in Survivors of Early Developmental Trauma"
Date: July 22, 2020
Time: 12 p.m.
The media has a long history of sensationalizing mental illness to engage and entertain the public. Movies and shows like Sybil, Split and the United States of Tara have misrepresented Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID (which used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder before it was changed to better represent the disorder). Stigma surrounding the disorder has instilled a public fear of those who have been diagnosed with the disorder and the dramatic and exaggerated depictions have caused some doubt that the disorder exists at all.
Even in professional circles, there has been debate about the prevalence, treatment and legitimacy of DID. For these very reasons it can be difficult and sometimes impossible for those who have DID to find accessible service providers who have an informed and accurate understanding of the disorder, it’s diagnosis and treatment.
Survivors of severe early childhood trauma, especially ritual abuse, torture and ongoing sexual abuse are most likely to experience dissociative disorders. For those who serve survivors of childhood sexual abuse, human trafficking, etc. it is important to gain an understanding on dissociative disorders and how they impact those we serve.
The age a person experiences complex trauma, as well as the duration and intensity of their traumatic experiences impact the severity of dissociation a person might experience due to stages of brain development. A person’s ability to integrate their experience of time and context, as well as their ability to integrate the experience of self and society is impeded by early childhood trauma. Dissociation and dissociative disorders exist on a spectrum that can range from mild, occasional dissociation to severely debilitating dissociative disorders. This training will cover dissociation as a symptom/experience as well as dissociative disorders listed in the DSM-V, specifically Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Speaker Series: Kristina Smith
"How to be Trauma Informed Rather Than Token Informed"
Date: July 29, 2020
Time: 12 p.m.
In this presentation, Kristina draws on her own experience of working as a first responder alongside other service providers. This presentation examines the concept of “survivor leader” and empowerment model. It touches on deconstruction/reconstruction in postmodern philosophy and third wave feminism and the evolution of fourth wave that have influenced social justice movements. The talk is heavily focused on linguistics. The importance of identification and narrative within communities impacted by trafficking are explored and this concept as an empowerment model. Personal techniques involving active listening and mindfulness to handle combative patients without force and stresses the importance of such in pursuit of healing rather than subjecting patients/clients and ourselves to another added trauma. The hour ends with important questions regarding the next steps in empowerment beyond “trafficking survivor” for individuals who are publicly sharing their lived experiences and doing this work as professionals alongside other service providers.