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Webinar 5/25: Emerging from Human Trafficking: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Survivors
U.S. Department of Education Webinar Announcement


– Human Trafficking Webinar Series –

Emerging from Trafficking: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Survivors

A national webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Education

Wednesday May 25, 2022

3:00  4:15 P.M. Eastern Time


For more information and resources, visit the following webpages dedicated to human trafficking: ED’s Human Trafficking webpage; the U.S. Department of State’s Human Trafficking webpage; and the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Trafficking Persons’ webpage. To view previous webinars in this series, go here. For questions about this webinar, email




Since 2020, the U.S. Department of Education has conducted a webinar series to address the growing response of America’s schools to child trafficking. The series draws attention to the important efforts underway in our nation’s education community to address both sex and labor trafficking.


On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join the next webinar in this series, Emerging from Trafficking: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Survivors.


Date: Wednesday May 25, 2022 

Time: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EDT


Leaving a trafficking situation is a first step in healing. Another essential step for young people is to reenter or enter a school community. This can be difficult to do as students are processing their trafficking experiences. In honor of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, this webinar focuses on approaches schools can take to support mental health of students as they return to the school community. You will hear strategies you can implement in your schools, including trauma-informed approaches, communicating with the young person and their families, and implementing individualized supports. Join us so you can add tools to your toolbox as you support young people who have experienced human trafficking.


Speakers featured in this webinar will include:


  • Ruth Ryder, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Tamara Clark, Director of Survivor Services, Love 146 (CT).
  • Charisma De Los Reyes, Student Wellness & School Culture Department, San Diego County Office of Education (CA).
  • Nikki Valila, Director of Training My Life My Choice – a program of JRI (MA); and
  • Suleman Masood, Council Chair, US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.
About the Author

The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students-to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.