First Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Graduation: New Recommendations for Improving Service Provision

November 1, 2017
Sixteen smiling faces in conference room
HTLA fellows pictured with NHTTAC and Coro staff.


"I have watched myself grow exponentially well,” says La Toya Gix, a graduate. “I now have confidence to hold a space in a room and own it!” Ms. Gix continued, “I have attended a lot of trainings as a survivor leader and, by far, this one was the most helpful, interactive, and caring. The best part about this program was the collaboration between Coro, NHTTAC [National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center,], and OTIP [Office on Trafficking in Persons]. I am appreciative of NHTTAC for giving us the chance to make a difference in the areas that matter most to us — and for that I am forever grateful."

OTIP and the Office on Women’s Health collaborated with Coro Northern California Visit disclaimer page to pilot the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy (HTLA) program in Sacramento, CA this year. Six survivor leaders and six non-government service providers completed the academy in September. As part of the graduation ceremony, participants presented  seven specific recommendations to key federal government stakeholders on how grantees can use trauma-informed principles and survivor-informed practices to improve service provision.

The fellows acquired leadership skills while working to provide substantive input that will inform awareness, understanding, and assistance to survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of human trafficking. Learn more about the 2017 HTLA Fellows.

Resources developed by the 2017 HTLA Fellows

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