Human Trafficking and the LGBTQ+ Population: How to work with respect for all genders and sexualities

In honor of Pride Month, this important lunchtime webinar will have a special focus on the unique aspects of human trafficking that affect the LGTBTQ+ population.  Joining ChicagoCAC’s Human Trafficking Specialist Laura Ng in discussion will be longtime human trafficking field expert Wade Arvizu and Christopher Bates, founder of Overcome Exploitation and a highlight in Unseen: The Boy Victims of the Sex Trade, a recent comprehensive article about youth trafficking. Their conversation will delve beyond the basics of human trafficking into specific areas of their collective expertise.  While LGBTQ youth will remain among the topics the panel explores, much of the information shared will relate to the overall community’s shared vulnerabilities, with particular emphasis on transgender needs and ways to support LGBTQ individuals as they experience discrimination in multiple settings. Like all ChicagoCAC trainings, this event is open to professionals, caregivers, and community members. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. A link to receive 1.5 Continuing Education credits will be available at the conclusion of the training for FREE for Illinois licensed social workers, counselors or psychologists.

Pre-registration for this event is required:


Wade Arvizu is a published author, public speaker and Human Trafficking Field Expert. He has been providing recommendations and input to inform research, policies, and programs to combat trafficking since 2014. His primary focus is on family facilitated exploitation, rural trafficking and working with LGBTQIA survivors of exploitation. He is currently working with Survivor Alliance and the University of Nottingham as a Project Associate on a qualitative research study on the impact of COVID-19 on survivors of human trafficking and working on publishing his second book.

Christopher Bates is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of exchanging sex for needs and young adult homelessness.  He uses his own lived experience as an exploited male to inform and motivate him. He brings much-needed awareness to the widespread issue of young adults needing to exchange sex to meet their needs. Chris is changing systems that impact vulnerable young adults so they are supported and connected. He has dedicated himself to working to solve this societal problem.

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