The Intersection of Substance Use, Mental Health & Commercial Sexual Exploitation
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.
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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
"I would like to give a Huge shout out to the Avery Center, Megan Lundstrom and Suleman Masood for their recent 3 hour training they provided to the New Jersey Coalition against Human trafficking. Anyone looking for professional and survivor informed training I would highly recommend using them. As the NJCAHT HT Consultant I wear many hats, one which constantly involves evaluating our needs as a Coalition. There’s a lot of research and responsibility that’s involved inviting the right survivor experts to the table. Although I also train, speak and advocate I don’t pretend to know everything since no one does. I welcome times where I could sit back and have my cup filled and learn from others too, this is how we grow. With that being said, I cannot thank Megan and Suleman enough through this entire process. Going back and forth with emails, for months asking questions and getting their recommendations they met all of our needs beyond any expectations. They certainly left our Coalition more survivor informed covering a multitude of areas. Thank you Megan and Suleman and thank you to the NJCAHT for entrusting me with being your consultant, I have the utmost respect for the NJC they really care about the issue of trafficking and always want to ensure that survivors are treated with dignity and respect."
New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking
"The Avery Center is a wonderful organisation, right at the forefront of the fight against exploitation in the USA. Their approach, research, and commitment to building dedicated partnerships allows us to work together and build innovative projects powered by data and technology. Through global relationships, we can all achieve more than the sum of our parts."
Chief Executive, STOP THE TRAFFIK
"Breaking the phases into the categories of boyfriend pimp, CEO pimp, and CSE is a breakdown I would have never thought to apply but seems really crucial to our understanding. That has given me a lot of pause. This proves the importance of having individuals with lived [experience] as active participants (and ideally leaders) of the work...there is a tremendous amount of work to be done to develop more refined, nuanced, and targeted information."
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