“Building Recovery:  Starting a Comprehensive Residential Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking” is on April 26th, 2019 from 9 AM to 5 PM. This is a one-day conference designed for individuals and/or agencies looking to start their own residential program or who want to increase their knowledge on working with survivors of human trafficking.

Staff from Safe Harbor, the first agency in the Richmond area to house and serve survivors of sex trafficking, will share their knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned. Bonnie Martin, Licensed Professional Counselor and Independent Consultant, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Bonnie is a technical expert in the development of trauma informed mental health psychosocial programs. She specializes in complex trauma and has worked with thousands of victims of violence, exploitation, and human trafficking.

Conference participants will learn:

  • Basic facts about human trafficking including how to identify a victim of sex trafficking,
  • The unique needs of sex trafficking survivors and what the stages of change and recovery often look like based on trauma and the brain,
  • What services can be provided to sex trafficking survivors in a residential setting as well as strategies for successful implementation,
  • How to partner with counselors, the criminal justice system, and health care providers to provide coordinated care to sex trafficking survivors,
  • How prevalent substance abuse is in trafficking situations as well as how to incorporate substance abuse recovery services into residential care for survivors, and
  • How to measure program outcomes to evaluate the success of a residential program.


Please register for the conference using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-recovery-starting-a-comprehensive-residential-program-for-survivors-of-human-trafficking-tickets-54854810214

Early Bird registration will open February 1st for $75. April 1st registration increases to $100. Registration will close on April 22nd, 2019. There will be no on-site registration for this conference.

*This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter for 7 Category I contact hours.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by our host, Capital One. If you have questions, please contact Elena Brooks-Perkins, Education & Outreach Manager, at elena@safeharborshelter.com.


The conference will take place at the Capital One West Creek Town Center located just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The Richmond region is a dynamic collaboration between the city of Richmond, the town of Ashland and four counties, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan. In a few short minutes you can go from bustling downtown streets to rolling hills on farms or gorgeous trails in state parks, wineries or world-class shopping. With sports facilities, meeting space, and restaurants across the region, you’re never far from something fun, and delicious, in the Richmond region. Come for the conference, stay for the weekend to enjoy all Richmond has to offer!

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