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From Our Partners: Working with Homeless Shelters to House Survivors of Trafficking Webinar – May 30, 2019 – 3:00 PM EDT

Registration is now open for the Working with Homeless Shelters to House Survivors of Human Trafficking webinar presented by the Freedom Network Training Institute Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project.

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM EDT
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This webinar will explore homeless shelters as a potential housing resource for survivors of trafficking. Panelists will share information on identifying when a referral may be a good fit for a survivor and share best practices for training and collaboration with homeless shelters.

Participants may submit questions to presenters prior to the webinar through the registration form.

Training Objectives

After this webinar participants will have an understanding of:

  • The homeless shelter system and low barrier models of shelter
  • The benefits and limitations of utilizing homeless shelters to house survivors of trafficking
  • How to effectively collaborate with homeless shelters in their local community


Amy Fleischauer
Director of Survivor Support Services
International Institute of Buffalo

Amy Fleischauer, Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) is the Director of Survivor Support Services at the International Institute of Buffalo (IIB) and supervises a team of case managers and advocates working with nearly 500 survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence annually. Ms. Fleischauer serves as the co-facilitator of the Western District of New York’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force, a position she has held since its inception in 2007. In addition, Ms. Fleischauer serves as a project consultant for the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, providing training and technical assistance for organizations administering direct care to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking across the country.

Beth O'Neil
Florence House Program Director
Preble Street

Beth O'Neil is Program Director at Florence House – a partnership between Avesta Housing and Preble Street that provides emergency shelter as well as safe, supported permanent housing for women experiencing homelessness in Portland, Maine. Beth brings to Florence House over seven years of experience empowering clients in low-barrier shelter and Housing First settings. As Program Director, she is passionate and committed to developing a safe and trauma-informed space for all clients. Prior to joining Preble Street, Beth worked in the environmental sector focusing on education and environmental justice. Her professional journey has led to unique opportunities in places such as Armenia (where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer), Seattle, and Alaska.

Stephanie Bratnick
Anti-Trafficking Services Director
Preble Street

Stephanie Bratnick is a trauma specialist with ten years of experience in crisis and conflict intervention. She has developed conflict mediation courses for communities in Mexico, she designed education tools for cultural competency and assertive behavior in China, and she was most recently stationed in Israel as the Sexual Gender-Based Violence Senior Protection Assistant with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Her work for the UNHCR focused on designing trauma-informed, durable solutions for asylum-seekers suffering from human rights violations. She also developed a culturally specific domestic violence prevention and response toolkit for asylum-seekers and community advocates. Stephanie recently returned to the United States as Director of Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services.

Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman
WARN Senior Program Coordinator
International Rescue Committee in Seattle Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN)

Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, is currently the Senior Program Coordinator for the WARN at the International Rescue Committee in Seattle. Suamhirs graduated from the University of California San Diego with a Masters in Psychology, he has years of experience developing curriculum and providing training on trauma informed care, mental health, human trafficking, evidence-based practices and more to a diverse range of audiences. As a male survivor and an expert in behavioral psychology, Suamhirs has been an active consultant for the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, subject matter expert consultant for the Department of Health and Human Services National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistant Center, consultant for The International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators, and is a member of the National Council for Community Behavioral Health. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and has worked with the United Nations and Vital Voices to develop curriculum and training on engaging men in gender-based violence initiatives.

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