Working with Human Trafficking Victims: A Victim Centered and Trauma Informed Approach

Start Time/Date: 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 6, 2019
End Time/Date: 5:00 PM Wednesday, November 6, 2019
ADDRESS: Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 1st Ave
CITY: King of Prussia, PA 19406

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Working with Human Trafficking Victims: A Victim Centered and Trauma Informed Approach



Per the Department of Homeland Security, every year millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations… Many myths and misconceptions exist. If you are interested in learning more about this topic and tools to help you when working with victims, register for this important training.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will have learned:

• An overview of what human trafficking is in reference to both sex and labor;
• Common challenges with working with victims and how to overcome them;
• The impact of trauma in Human Trafficking cases;
• Dynamics of domestic victims vs. international victims; 
• Effective interviewing techniques; and 
• Practical considerations for interviewing victims.


Jacqueline Block Goldstein, MSW, LSW
Victim Assistance Specialist
Homeland Security Investigations


Registration closes on October 23, 2019. Attendance is limited to 50 participants. This course is open to DA-based and community-based victim advocates and victim witness coordinators, as well as to attorneys. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. To register online, submit your email address above. If you are registering multiple people for your agency, please ensure that all participant email addresses are included as there will be multiple emails sent to the participants.

If registration is full and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email me at


PDAI is pleased to offer four scholarships to victim advocates and victim witness coordinators with at least one years’ experience who attend this training to cover the registration fee, per diem (food), travel expenses, and accommodations. These scholarships are funded by a Grant awarded to PDAI by PCCD, Office of Victim Services for expanding training to victim services providers and subsidize the cost of attendance. Scholarship recipients are based on the information in the application and the number of scholarships the applicant’s agency previously received.  Scholarship applications are available by contacting the Training Consultant. 


A block of rooms are available at the Valley Forge Casino Resort & Conference Center at the rate of $125+tax. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements and expenses. Guests may make reservations by contacting the hotel direct at 800.333.3333 and identifying the block of rooms held for the PA District Attorneys Institute. The amount of rooms are limited and are only available until October 15, 2019. You can also click here to reserve your room online at a discount.

Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Training Hours 

This training has been approved for 3.5 victim services training hours by PCCD. It has also been approved for 3 substantive CLE credits.


Due to budget restrictions, refreshments are unable to be provided for participants.


No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 25, 2019. Substitute attendees, however, are permissible at any time.

Questions or Concerns

Please contact Amy Smulktis, Restitution & Victim/Witness Consultant at if you need additional information. Please do not contact the trainer directly.

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute
2929 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110