The Intersection of Substance Use, Mental Health & Commercial Sexual Exploitation
» Wednesday October 7 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MDT
This training will shed light on a variety of indicators of CSE that often present in a health care setting:
- Substance use disorders
- Suicide attempt
- Other mental health issues.
Based on data collected by The Avery Center, substances were used both as a means of control by traffickers and as a way to "numb the pain of the repeated trauma" of being trafficked. Additionally, the most common exit strategy for victims in our study was suicide attempt as a way to safely be admitted to a hospital and be separated from a trafficker. Strategies for addressing how each of these indicators present in a health care setting will be discussed in depth in this training. Sponsored by Banner Health.
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
Megan Lundstrom, M.A.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & THE AVERY CENTER CO-FOUNDER
Following my exit in 2012, and as my healing progressed, I felt compelled to begin sharing my experiences of being lured and trapped in the commercial sex industry. What I found as I began to share my story in my home town was that very few agencies were aware that these crimes were occurring in their community, and even fewer felt equipped to serve the complex needs of survivors like me. In 2014, I founded this organization in response to these unmet needs. Since then, we've offered countless training sessions, as well as direct services to survivors.
Angie Henderson, Ph.D.
LEAD DATA ANALYST, TRAINING COORDINATOR, AND CO-FOUNDER
Megan and I began working together following the 2015 University of Northern Colorado Empathy Week, collaborating on research projects that would benefit her organization. In 2018, we co-founded Avery Research & Consulting, and in 2020 we've merged the two organizations as The Avery Center. The Avery Center’s commitment to centering survivor voices and assuring that solid data informs the organization’s practices truly set this organization apart. Many organizations provide direct services, focus on data analysis, or focus on survivor leadership; The Avery Center combines all three.
"Angie and Megan take the complex social issues facing our society today and translate them into bite-sized chunks for the rest of us. Their passion, vision and perspective is lively, insightful, professional and applicable. As a leader in the anti-trafficking work of our area, I can always count on them to bring timely answers to challenging problems, answers that invite me to think differently and with a clarity I'd not yet known. We would not be where we are in our work today without Angie and Megan."
Chris Bruno, LPC
"To say that the knowledge we gained from partnering with The Avery Center elevated our investigations to another level is an understatement. We were able to shift our investigations in such a way that the impact was undeniable. As a result of this collaborative effort we have become one of the leaders in trafficking investigations. We regularly have other departments seeking out information on how to impact their community the way that we have in ours. None of this would be possible if we had not come alongside The Avery Center to understand the problem and explore how prevalent the issue is in our area."
Fort Collins Police Department