Human Trafficking

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 1:00pm
Co-sponsored with SER MUJER
Stephanie Bratnick

(Note: In the US, the start time is 2:00 pm Central Daylight Time)The program will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation provided by Maritere Dobarganes.

Clinical trauma specialist Stephanie Bratnick speaks on Human Trafficking during Women’s History Month. She has worked for the UNHCR and currently runs a counter trafficking program. She has worked with asylum seekers and refugees of sexual gender-based violence.

Human trafficking is a crime that occurs in every community around the world and yet, is often misunderstood. Stephanie Bratnick, who works for the International Rescue Committee, oversees intensive case management for survivors, rapid rehousing program for survivors, and a program targeting minors trafficked for labor. She will offer a general overview into sex and labor trafficking and the systems that allow it to thrive specifically focusing on Mexico’s labor migration workforce and its role as the gateway to asylum in the United States. She will discuss what constitutes human trafficking, the impacts trafficking has on survivors, how to identify survivors, and best practices for interventions and response.

Stephanie Bratnick is the Anti-Trafficking Manager of the H.O.P.E Anti-Trafficking program in Sacramento. She is a clinical trauma specialist, focused on children and adolescents, with ten years of experience in crisis and conflict intervention. She has developed conflict mediation courses for local children, families, educators, and rural communities in Mexico; she developed education tools for cultural competency and assertive behavior in China; and she was stationed in Israel as the Senior Protection Assistant and Gender-Based Violence focal point for UNHCR, working on behalf of asylum-seekers who were victims of trafficking and torture. Previously, Stephanie was the Anti-Trafficking Services Director for Preble Street, in Portland, Maine, overseeing direct services to survivors across the state. She has trained over 4,000 persons on human trafficking, migration, and trauma-informed care, including as a regular guest facilitator at The University of Chicago Law School. Stephanie holds an MA in International Crisis and Trauma from the School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University, and a post-graduate certificate in Public Policy and Management from The University of York. She is the 2019 recipient of the Maine Children’s Alliance Giraffe Award for excellence in serving minor survivors.

Ser Mujer is an organization of Mexican, Canadian and American women based in San Miguel whose mission is to highlight the struggles and successes of women around the world.