Human Trafficking Resource Collection
One of the biggest risks that can lead to human trafficking is not having a permanent home. Some examples of this are homelessness or living in a shelter. In addition, having an intellectual disability or autism can put someone at greater risk of being trafficked.
Because of these risk factors, the Office of Developmental Programs, ASERT, Office of Children, Family and Youth, experts in human trafficking, and other statewide agencies have collaborated on resources to bring awareness to human trafficking, prevention, and intervention strategies.
Human Trafficking: What you need to know
These resources were designed for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities to learn about human trafficking. Resources include information on what it is, signs, prevention, and what to do if you suspect human trafficking.
Human Trafficking Social Stories
This series of social stories provides visual guides on what human trafficking is and how to help prevent it.
Direct Support Staff and Supervisor Resources
These resources were designed for staff who support individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities to understand what human trafficking is, how to recognize signs of human trafficking in individuals they support, what to do if they suspect human trafficking, and ways to prevent trafficking from occurring. There is also a guide for supervisors outlining how to use these materials and training videos with their support staff, including guides for facilitated discussions with staff members.
Check out these additional resources for general information on emergency preparedness and planning:
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.