U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Treating the Hidden Wounds: Trauma Treatment and Mental Health Recovery for Victims of Human Trafficking, prepared for Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
H. Clawson, A. Salomon, L. Grace — March 2008
This Issue Brief focuses on the trauma experienced by most trafficking victims, its impact on health and well-being, some of the challenges to meeting trauma-related needs of trafficking victims, and promising approaches to treatment and recovery. While this issue brief touches on trauma across human trafficking populations, it has a special emphasis on trauma resulting from sex trafficking of women and girls. Contents include: (1) Trauma and Its Impact: Post-Trauma Responses for Trafficking Victims; (2) Challenges in Meeting the Needs of Trafficking Victims Who Experienced Traumatic Abuse; (3) Trauma Informed and Specific Services and their Core Components.