Join Safe Harbor for the second annual “Building Recovery: A Comprehensive Residential Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking” on Friday, March 27th, 2020. This conference is designed for individuals and/or agencies looking to start their own residential program, or work with clients in the community, 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.

Keynote Speaker

Bonnie Martin, Licensed Professional Counselor and Independent Consultant, will be our keynote speaker for the event again this year. 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.

Participants will learn 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 and community 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.

This year’s conference will feature breakout sessions to allow participants to dig deeper into certain aspects of this work and expand on knowledge learned at last year’s conference.

This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter for 6 Category I contact hours.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by our host, Capital One.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Maupai, Development Director, at


Early Bird registration will open January 15th for $75.
March 1st registration increases to $100.
Registration will close on March 20th, 2019. There will be no on-site registration for this conference.


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!


Hotel Suggestions

Near the conference location:

Candlewood Suites Richmond West End Short Pump
4120 Tom Leonard Dr, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Average rate: $101 per night

Wingate by Wyndham Richmond Short Pump
13991 N Gayton Rd, Richmond, VA 23233
Average rate: $129 per night

Hyatt House Richmond West
11800 W Broad St Ste 1098, Henrico, VA 23233
Average rate: $150 per night

If you want to experience Richmond, stay near downtown:

Hampton Inn & Suites Richmond – Downtown
700 E Main St Suite A, Richmond, VA 23219
Average rate: $140 per night

Linden Row Inn
100 E Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23219
Average rate: $150 per night