Human Trafficking & Race: The connection between past & present

Thursday, 24 February 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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Thursday, 24 February 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

 This Community Conversation is being presented free for social workers, their clients, and the general public.  It is not CEU eligible.

 In partnership with NASW-NJ

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” (US Dept. of Homeland Security) Although it’s difficult to determine the scope of human trafficking worldwide, as many cases go unreported, the International Labour Organization estimates about 40 million victims of human trafficking internationally.

Human trafficking is a crime that preys on vulnerabilities and although it cuts across age, ethnicity, race and socioeconomic status, Black girls have an increased vulnerability to sexual exploitation as a result of racism and systematic oppression.

We each have a shared responsibility to combat human trafficking.  In order to prevent trafficking and work to create environments for survivors to thrive, we must address the root causes of trafficking.

This workshop will define human trafficking, understand its prevalence and explore the racial roots that contribute to the sexualization of Black girls.  Participants will recognize how systematic oppression increases vulnerability to the push/pull factors of human trafficking and evaluate the use of trauma and survivor informed approaches in order to avoid re-traumatization and build resilience.    

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National Association of Social Workers-Delaware

For more information, contact Makyla Burke at or call 302-251-9212 x 127

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Crystal C. Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW
Owner, Thryve, LLC

For the past 25 years Crystal has been driven by her personal experiences of trauma to educate, advocate, and amplify the voices of individuals and communities in order to promote healing and opportunities to move from surviving to thriving. Crystal was the first in her family to attend college and earned a Bachelor’s in Arts in Psychology from Wells College, located in Aurora, NY. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University and currently holds her LMSW. During her career, Crystal has demonstrated a passion in sharing her experiences in order to help individuals heal from their personal traumas and work alongside professionals to create trauma informed, culturally inclusive and person-centered spaces. Her experiences include advocacy within the child welfare system, oversight of child and youth programs, crisis hotline response, delivery of community based mental health services and implementing trauma informed strategies and programs for school districts. She has been called upon to provide training, coaching and consultation across the nation in the subject areas of Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, Child Trauma & Maltreatment and Racial Trauma. She is a fierce advocate for social justice and leads courageously to dismantle oppressive systems and create equitable and just services, policies and programs.

About Crystal C. Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW

Owner, Thryve, LLC