The aftermath of R. Kelly: human trafficking survivorship and survivors of color

The documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” highlights the challenges faced by survivors of colors as they pursue justice for previous sexual assaults and being believed about their victimization. These same issues relate to human trafficking survivors and their reluctance to discuss their victimization, being believed about their victimization, and navigating the criminal justice system. This presentation will address the concept of identity distortion and the impact it has on the victim believability, the failure to meet the needs of Survivors of Color, and ways to engage in culturally-competent interventions to meet the needs of Communities of Color.