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The mission of the National Human Trafficking & Disabilities Working Group (NHTDWG) is to promote a survivor-centered, collaborative approach steeped in disability and racial justice for the prevention of trafficking of people with disabilities and Deaf individuals and ensure an accessible and appropriate response to survivors.


NHTDWG is a collaboration of professionals, self-advocates, and survivors from all around the United States. We work to create resources and to address gaps in research, social services, and legal services for individuals with disabilities who are at risk of trafficking or who may have experiences trafficking. The leadership and membership of NHTDWG is formed from experts and self-advocates from the anti-trafficking and disability communities. 


NHTDWG is a volunteer-run collaboration and is funded through your donations! With your help, we can continue important research and advocacy work on the intersection of human trafficking and disabilities. Donations help us ensure our platforms, trainings and resources are accessible for people with disabilities and Deaf individuals. We strongly believe survivors and self-advocates should always be compensated for their time. Your donations help us provide adequate compensation for survivors and self-advocates who create and present trainings to the anti-trafficking and the disability communities. Thank you for donating! We appreciate your support!


NHTDWG Steering Committee and Coordinator

The NHTDWG Steering Committee consists of experts and self-advocates from the fields of human trafficking and disabilities.

Click the following link to learn more about the NHTDWG Coordinator.

Click the following link to learn more about the NHTDWG Steering Committee.

NHTDWG Subcommittees

  • Training and Education
  • Capacity and Community Building
  • Research and Policy Advocacy

Click the following link to learn more about NHTDWG Subcommittees 

Click the following link for: IOFA Knowledge Center resources on human trafficking and disabilities

Click here to watch an April 2021 NHTDWG Educational Session on “The Power of Language” with Ali Chiu of San Francisco SafeHouse 

Please email with any questions. Thank you.


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NHTDWG Spring Webinar Series

Join us to learn more about the intersection of Human Trafficking and Disability Justice! Our 3-part webinar series will discuss the following topics:
  • Trauma-Informed Care: Providing Services and Support for People with Disabilities, May 12th, 2 pm-4 pm CT
  • Trafficking During Crises: Centering Race, Gender and Disability, May 19th, 2 pm-4 pm CT
  • Serving Youth Survivors with Disabilities, May 24th, 1 pm-3 pm CT

These webinars are free with a suggested donation. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for $35 per webinar. CEUs will be provided by the Institute on Disability and Human Development at UIC. You can register for all webinars separately. Please make sure to select the correct date while registering. You can find more details about each webinar through the registration link.

You can find the registration details here: Spring Webinar Series Registration

What has NHTDWG been doing? We Trained the National Human Trafficking Hotline!

The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects individuals who have been labor or sex trafficked with services and support around the country to help them get to safe situations. At the end of 2021, The National Human Trafficking and Disabilities Working Group was asked to come in and train the hotline advocates on working with individuals with a disability.

NHTDWG members Justice Shorter, Ali Chiu, Ericka Reil, and Melanie Cross trained over 50 advocates in finding and providing accessible resources, assessing for disabilities in intake calls, finding alternate pathways to involving law enforcement and creating safety plans with individuals with a disability. Advocates had the opportunity to role-play potential calls that hotline may receive and properly assess for different disabilities.  Furthermore, advocates were provided information on harm reduction strategies, disability justice and etiquette, active listening, and trauma-informed care while doing critical needs assessments. The hotline advocates were encouraged to continue creating relationships with accessible organizations and to create a database of accessible resources to reference when needed.


Interested in Future NHTDWG Events and Training?

We have some exciting webinars and trainings coming up this spring! Want to stay in the know? Sign up for our training newsletter and get notified about upcoming webinars and events.

Click here to sign up for our upcoming webinars