The St. Thomas University School of Law, through its Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights’ Human Trafficking Initiative will be having a half day program on the effects of working on human trafficking cases on first responders and volunteers, whether directly or indirectly involved on a case. This free of charge program will discuss physical and psychological impact of traumatic events that victims of human trafficking experience, the psychological and physical effects of being exposed to trauma and its impact on the delivery of services. Designed to help attorneys, prosecutors, judges, social service providers, mental health services providers, healthcare workers, religious institutions, volunteers and the community at large, the program will include discussion of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, the signs of traumatic exposure response (also referred to as secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and/or burnout), and the possible negative impacts on their relationship to the injured person and their ability to perform the functions associated with their position.
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