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Respond to at least two colleagues who visited a different site and note similarities and differences between what you had learned and what your colleagues had shared about steps for becoming an ally to that group. Explain the impact of what your colleagues shared in their post and to include Veronica case study information which is provided.

Response from Rashel

The website i visited is an anti human trafficking organization known as National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRS). It is an organization that serves as a resource center and hotline for human trafficking victims and survivors. The organization brings together the anti-human trafficking community, providing critical support and services to survivors through the website, to help find safety and get the necessary help they need. The website allows for victims and the community to report any related crime in confidentiality. It assists other sister organizationsby giving them technical assistance, providing capacity building support and training their employees.

Incorporating the information i have found, i will seek to have an understanding of the needs of Veronica as a human trafficking survivor. I would identify her strengths, including her faith in God and the fact that she was smart enough to secretly call her mother to report what her aunt was doing to her. This will help explore assistance options that may be available for Veronica. I will use the skill of cultural competence while dealing with Veronica, to encourage her to open up to me about her feelings. I would also employ the victim-centered interventions to help her identify options that can help in her healing process, ensure safety and maintain confidentiality. I would advocate for for Veronica by contacting local or national anti-human trafficking organizations to determine how they can assist with fighting for her rights, ensure her safety, housing, justice, employment if possible, and a permanent stay with her mother.

I can increase my awareness of this issue and teach others about human trafficking victims by advocating for this topic to be introduced and taught in schools and different groups, like religious groups, businesses, and cultural groups in the community. I will need to involve and educate community-based organizations, religious leaders and every conscientious individual to be ready to identify these victims and help report to the authorities. We need to ensure that the laws that have been made to protect human trafficking victims are enforced and law enforcement officials receive training to comprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of this crime.

Steps i could take to begin to support this group will include helping to find agencies that are responsible for helping domestic and international victims or human trafficking by allocating resources for service delivery once the victims have been identified. I will support the victims and educate them to understand how and where to access appropriate options that will help in their healing process. I will provide a safe contact system, ensure confidentiality, work together with them to come up with safe goals, as well as contact state and federal agencies to support them with housing and employment where applicable.


Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C., Hackman, H. W., Peters, M. L., & Zuniga, X. (Eds). (2013). Readings for diversity and social justrice. (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social Work Case Studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International University Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

."Working with Survivors of Human Trafficking: The Case of Veronica"

Mission (2017).

Response to Terena

Good Morning Class,

The website I viewed was, The State of Michigan Attorney General, Michigan Human Trafficking Commission. The Human Trafficking Commission is "dedicated to bringing attention to and eradicating this modern-day form of slavery" (Schuete, 2017). The human trafficking committee includes the law enforcement, circuit judge, victim services advocates, representatives from state departments and Governor Snyder's office (Schuete, 2017). They also worked with Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland County Medical Societies for the development of an expanded Human Trafficking video for medical professionals. One of their main goals is to review state laws and policies that relate to human trafficking and requesting changes if necessary (Schuete, 2017).

In the case of Veronica I would definitely want to make sure that she is getting the services she needs. according to the Human Trafficking Commission, Veronica needs to have state laws and policies that will protect her and allow her to receive the services she needs (Schuete, 2017). Making sure that their are grants and sources available to assist in examining and countering human trafficking in her state. Veronica has been through a lot at such a young age. As a social worker, I must try to empower her and help her to realize her own self worth. Veronica was forced to prostitute and take drugs at the age of 12 by her aunt in order to help pay their bills (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). She was never really given an opportunity to be a child. As the social worker I must help Veronica deal with all of the things that may be holding her back. Veronica has had to deal with sexual abuse and her body being violated. It is also important to make sure Veronica understands that it is not her fault. Sometimes victims of sexual abuse blame themselves for what is happening with them.

I have being hearing about sex trafficking but I never really took a close look at it. Having to do this assignment caused me to take a closer look at the people and the affects human sex trafficking is having on them. I would like to advocate and bring awareness about sex trafficking and how it seems to be getting closer and closer to home. I would also provide information and trainings to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Sex traffickers search for places to go where they can find vulnerable victims to target. As a social worker, I would like to find a group for Veronica to attend in order to be around people that have some of the same experiences. It is important for Veronica to know that she is not alone and that other people really understand her. In order to be a ally for sex trafficking victims I must be willing to put myself in their shoes and understand them. I must also being willing to work first hand with other individuals who are interesting in working towards making a difference in sex trafficking and their victims. I would like to help train individuals on how to work with sex trafficking victims because it is important for us to know how to approach them.


Schuete, B. (2017). State of Michigan Attorney General. Michigan Trafficking Commission. Report To The Governor and Legislature. Retrieved from:

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

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Working With Survivors of Human Trafficking: The Case of Veronica Veronica is a 13-year-old, heterosexual, Hispanic female. She attends high school and is in the ninth grade. She currently lives in an apartment with her biological mother and her sister, age 9. She came to this country 7 months ago from Guatemala. Veronica is a sex trafficking survivor and was referred to me for individual therapy by a human trafficking agency in the United States. Veronica’s biological mother and father separated when Veronica was 3 years old. She lived with her maternal aunt and biological mother until she was 6 years old, and her mother left Guatemala to come to the United States. At that time, Veronica stayed in the care of her maternal aunt and kept in touch with her biological mother via phone and through the visits that her mother made to Guatemala. Veronica would visit with her father, who lived nearby, on occasion, although she stated they did not have much of a connection. When Veronica was 12 years old, her maternal aunt forced her into prostitution, using the money from the sex acts as her main source of income. Veronica reported that her maternal aunt began treating her “like a slave” and would make her smoke an unknown substance before obligating her to perform sexual acts on countless men for money. This took place for close to a year before Veronica was able to sneak a phone call to her mother and explain what had been happening to her. Her mother quickly arranged for Veronica to be picked up by a “coyote” (a person who smuggles people into the United States). The coyote successfully smuggled Veronica into the United States within 2 months of that phone call. However, while crossing the border from Mexico to the United States, Veronica once again became the victim of sex trafficking crimes. The coyote was also a pimp who arranged for men crossing the border in the same truck as Veronica to engage in sexual acts with her for which the coyote collected money. U.S. immigration officers caught most of the people traveling in the truck, including Veronica, and placed them in a detention center. However, the coyote got away. Three weeks after Veronica was detained, after much questioning and investigation, she was reunited with her mother. I met with Veronica weekly for individual therapy in my role as a social worker at an agency serving individuals who have experienced human trafficking. Veronica reported having occasional flashbacks and fear that “it will all happen again,” and she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goals agreed upon in therapy included building Veronica’s support system, building her self-esteem, and managing her symptoms of trauma. Building rapport with Veronica in therapy took several weeks as she reported not trusting anyone and not wanting to think about what happened to her. After about 9 weeks of relationship building and safety planning, I was able to engage her through education on the dynamics of human trafficking. She reported that it was especially hard for her to trust men and that she often had a hard time speaking up. I worked with her on these issues by teaching her how to be more assertive and by modeling assertive behaviors. We worked on self-affirmations to help build her self-esteem. Because Veronica is very self-conscious, practicing self-affirmations was challenging for her. I often utilized a trauma-informed curriculum for adolescents called S.E.L.F. (Safety, Emotions, Loss, and Future) to facilitate healing and trauma reduction. Veronica reported that grounding techniques taught via this curriculum helped take her out of her thoughts and bring her back to the present moment. Some of the grounding techniques she continues to engage in on a daily basis include tapping her feet, stretching, writing, walking, and washing her face when she feels she is becoming numb or getting lost in thoughts of what happened to her. Veronica has demonstrated great resiliency. She is attending a church close to her home and reports having faith in God. She recently enrolled in swimming and volleyball and has made several friends in the community. I continue to meet with Veronica on a weekly basis and will be stepping down with her to biweekly sessions now that she is stable and connected to her community. Because Veronica does not speak English and is a child, there are no support groups available in her area for human trafficking survivors. I am presently working on connecting her with a mentor. Veronica is currently working with the human trafficking agency that referred her, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and an attorney to obtain a visa specific to human trafficking (T-Visa). A T-Visa grants survivors of human trafficking a visa in the United States. In 2000, Congress passed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA), which strengthens the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute human trafficking and also offers protection to victims via a T-Visa. The T-Visa is for those who are or have been victims of human trafficking. It protects victims of human trafficking and allows victims to remain in the United States to assist in an investigation or prosecution of human trafficking. Veronica’s mother is also attending weekly individual therapy. She has been working through the heavy guilt and trauma of this experience. Veronica and her mother continue to heal, and with each passing day, they grow stronger.
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SOCW6051 Discussion Response to 2 students
Response from Rashel
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRS) is an excellent organization
for aiding people who have been victims of human trafficking. The organization provides critical
services to victims and comprehensive, coordinated assistance. The steps you identified to
become an ally would support positive change for human traffic victims. Victims of human
trafficking need access to a wide array of services and programs to overcome the trauma
involved with the crime. This includes social workers who acts as advocates and become
culturally competent. Veronica has been subjected to human trafficking twice in her ...

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