Reply to "Incorporating Harm Reduction and Trauma Informed Care into Community Residential Care"

Hi Dawn, I can certainly understand the overwhelmed feeling. 

I'm not sure if you ever dipped into the topic of the needs of human trafficking victims or not but their mental health and service providers need to be trauma-informed and ACE aware as well. They are subjected to ongoing trauma. You may very well have encountered a victim of HT in your work and don't even know it because many trauma victims have, in fact, been trafficked but they don't even realize it themselves, especially if trafficked as a minor. 

I'm a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board (MHTHAB) and I'm a survivor of human trafficking (HT). Our board is trying to push the awareness of HT, the ACEs and the need for oversight of "safe" houses for victims. We have found that many shelters claim to be a safe place for victims of HT when, in fact, they are the most dangerous places to live. 

I am also a co-author of an online HT training program for healthcare and law enforcement. My program teaches empathy towards victims of HT and my co-author and I have done a lot of research regarding trauma-informed care and services for HT victims. We haven't found any HT service providers that are ACE aware or that are using the ACE assessment either. 

The resource that comes to mind is the Office of Victims of Crimes training. I have not taken the training and I feel overwhelmed just trying to navigate through it all. They talk about being trauma-informed but they don't mention ACEs.

I'm going to follow you and the responses you get because I want to learn about this myself. Thank you for posting

If I can be of any assistance going forward, feel free to reach out. 


Ruth Rondon