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The Realities of Human Trafficking: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Survivors

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Room 121, Cannon House Office Building

RSVP: CHS.RSVP@mail.house.gov

Refreshments will be served

Dear Colleague: 

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against a person’s will. In the homeland security realm, discussions
of human trafficking often revolve around prevention but rarely address the aftermath of human trafficking and how victims can begin to heal and lead healthy and productive lives.

Research suggests that the majority of human trafficking victims suffer from mental illness as a result of their traumatic experiences, with diagnoses that can include depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other severe illnesses. Many survivors also have secondary diagnoses such as alcoholism and drug addiction.

The panel discussion will provide insight into what human trafficking often looks like, what current resources are available for victims, and what additional work needs to be done to serve their health needs, particularly mental health.

Moderated by:

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, Co-Founder and Executive Director, HEAL Trafficking


  • Shandra Woworuntu, Founder, Mentari
  • Rachel Robitz, MD, Co-Chair of Direct Services Committee, HEAL Trafficking
  • Alan Dyer, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Vice Chair for Education,
  • George Washington University
  • Suzan Song, MD, MPH, PhD, Director, Division of Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry,
  • George Washington University
  • Martina E. Vandenberg, Founder and President, The Human Trafficking Legal Center
  • Jean Bruggeman, Executive Director, Freedom Network USA



Bennie G. Thompson

Ranking Member