Familial Trafficking in America- Study and Survivor Implications

February 8, 2023 2pm EST
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Familial Trafficking in America- Study and Survivor Implications

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Part 1 of this session will lay the foundation for understanding familial sex trafficking and how familial trafficking relates to, but is distinct from, incest and briefly how laws help or hurt our identification of this type of trafficking. Part 2 of this session will summarize the limited body of knowledge we have on the profile of victim and perpetrator(s) and explore the relational dynamics between the child and familial trafficker.

In 2021 the Institute for Shelter Care conducted a national study to examine the prevalence, characteristics, and challenges associated with the commercial sexual exploitation of minors where the exploiter is a family member to the victim. Over 3,500 cases of child exploitation across 24 states were represented in the study.

Part 1 of this session will lay the foundation for understanding familial sex trafficking and how familial trafficking relates to, but is distinct from, incest and briefly how laws help or hurt our identification of this type of trafficking. Part 2 of this session will summarize the limited body of knowledge we have on the profile of victim and perpetrator(s) and explore the relational dynamics between the child and familial trafficker. 

Jeanne Allert, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, The Samaritan Women – Institute for Shelter Care: In 2007 Jeanne Allert was convicted to leave the trappings of a lucrative career as an Internet consultant to establish one of the first long-term restorative care programs in the Mid-Atlantic for victims of domestic sex trafficking. She immersed herself in learning – mostly from survivors themselves – and created TSW’s unique Care Model. Over the years, TSW expanded its services and took on several national projects. In 2018-2019 she led the organization through a major shift to create the Institute of Shelter Care, which leverages the expertise of TSW and industry peers across the country to train and mentor new shelter programs in the areas of greatest need.