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Human trafficking and intergenerational trauma are two topics that seem distantly related but are more closely intertwined than you may believe. This article will discuss the common connections between intergenerational trauma and human trafficking, as well as what you can do to support those who are impacted by these problems, whether they be you or someone else.
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What is Human Trafficking?According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is defined as “a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts.” Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that violates the human rights and dignity of millions of people around the world.
There are no defining characteristics of a victim of human trafficking since it can happen to anyone, regardless of their background or gender. However, some factors that can increase the risk of being trafficked include:
The U.S. DOJ is working to eradicate human trafficking through various initiatives, such as:
You can learn more about human trafficking and how to report it on the U.S. DOJ website.
What is Intergenerational Trauma?Intergenerational trauma is defined as trauma that has a ripple effect on generations, according to Evan Starkman of WebMD.com. Starkman writes that intergenerational trauma can start with either personal trauma, such as abuse, or trauma within a wider scope of cultural or ethnic groups, such as genocide, slavery, or colonization.
The long-term effects of intergenerational trauma (ACEs)can include:
Even though more research is needed to understand and combat intergenerational trauma, it helps to seek out the care of a licensed therapist. A therapist can work through your trauma by recommending self-care techniques, providing anger management, and helping you recognize and cope with triggers.
You can also benefit from trauma-informed care, which is an approach that acknowledges the impact of trauma on individuals and communities and provides services and support that are respectful, compassionate, and empowering. Trauma-informed care can be found in various settings, such as health care, education, social service, and justice.
You can learn more about intergenerational trauma and how to find help on the WebMD website.
How are Human Trafficking and Intergenerational Trauma Connected?Human trafficking and intergenerational trauma can coexist, namely with vulnerability. People who have experienced or inherited trauma may be more vulnerable to being trafficked, as they may lack the resources, support, and self-esteem to protect themselves from exploitation.
Conversely, people who have been trafficked may experience or pass on trauma to their children or future generations, as they may struggle with the physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of their ordeal.
Therefore, it is important to address both human trafficking and intergenerational trauma with a holistic and integrated approach that considers the individual and collective needs and strengths of the affected people and communities. Some of the ways to do this include:
How Can You Help Yourself or Others Who Are Affected by Human Trafficking and Intergenerational Trauma?You are not alone if you or someone you know is a victim of intergenerational trauma and human trafficking. There are many resources and options available to help you or others who need assistance. Some of the things you can do include:
How Can You Learn More About Human Trafficking and Intergenerational Trauma?If you want to learn more about human trafficking and intergenerational trauma, there are many sources of information and inspiration that you can access. Some of the things you can do include:
How Can You Support Human Trafficking and Intergenerational Trauma Initiatives?If you want to support human trafficking and intergenerational trauma initiatives, there are many ways you can get involved and make a difference. Some of the things you can do include:
Human trafficking and intergenerational trauma are serious and complex issues that affect millions of people and communities around the world.
However, there is also hope and possibility for change and healing.
By learning more about these issues and taking action to help yourself or others, you can be part of the solution and make a positive impact in the world.
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