Human trafficking affects over 46 million people worldwide. While trafficking has garnered increased awareness in the media, sensationalized images of sex workers and trafficking have distorted our understanding of the issue and have left many people uninformed about the reality of trafficking. The Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University New Orleans presents workshops based on research in the U.S. and abroad to educate citizens and stakeholders interested in supporting survivors of slavery and trafficking. Our customized, interactive trainings range from hour-long community awareness programs to two-day advanced survivor care for regional anti-trafficking task forces. Contact us with your organization or community's needs, and we will tailor a training to your needs.

  • Law Enforcement
    We train police officers in effective and culturally-sensitive approaches to identifying potential victims and building a rapport that will assist in investigating cases of human trafficking.

  • Medical Professionals
    We train health professionals to identify the physical and clinical warning signs of trafficking, to provide harm reduction strategies to those who might be victims, and to discuss referrals for follow-up services that might aid a victim of trafficking in escaping. 

  • Social Workers
    We offer workshops for social workers, who may encounter cases of forced sex work, commercially sexually exploited children, or labor trafficking, to provide evidence-based, trauma-informed care and case management to survivors of trafficking and slavery.

  • School Teachers & Counselors
    We train counselors and teachers in interactive sessions in local schools to provide the skills necessary identify and assist potential victims of human trafficking among student populations.

  • Student Activists
    We train university and high school students to lead their campuses in the fight against human trafficking by providing cutting-edge research on human trafficking and engaging them in opportunities for activism on campus.

  • Community Groups
    We raise awareness among community members who often are the first to recognize cases of trafficking and connect citizens with the community resources they need to effectively assist those in need. 


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As a service to our New Orleans community, we keep an up-to-date list of

Service Providers that have specialized care for victims of human trafficking.

If you are seeking the help of service providers in your area, please visit

the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Shelters & Service Providers


Odyssey House Louisiana

Odyssey House Louisiana (OHL) is a nonprofit behavioral healthcare facility with an emphasis on addiction treatment. Odyssey House offers a professional, structured and caring Therapeutic Community with comprehensive services and effective support systems that enable individuals to chart new lives and return to their communities as contributing members.


louisiana Baptist Children's homes & Family Ministries

Louisiana Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and families in need since 1899.


Catholic charities archdiocese of new orleans

Respecting the dignity and potential of each human person, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans collaborates with the wider community to serve those in need.


Legal Services

Law offices of donglai yang, llc

The Law Offices of Donglai Yang, LLC, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, specialize in immigration, personal injury and general civil law.


pelton + Balducci, llc

Pelton + Balducci, LLC is a New Orleans-based law firm representing individuals exclusively in immigration legal matters. Pelton + Balducci are committed to providing excellent service to clients and to helping clients bring their talents, dynamism, and dreams to the United States.


medical professionals


Recognizing & responding to human trafficking in a healthcare context

A guide for health care professionals to recognize and respond to trafficking within their field. 


the resilience project

The Resilience Project provides pediatricians and all medical home teams with the resources they need to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence.




frederick douglass family initiatives

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives has partnered with Mosaic Family Services to offer a history-based human trafficking prevention curriculum for use by secondary students and teachers called History, Human Rights and the Power of One. The Globalize 13 module conforms to Common Core Curriculum Standards.



A report published by the Polaris Project that reviews five years of therapeutic support at Polaris New Jersey.

Louisiana center for children's rights

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is the only nonprofit, specialized juvenile defense law office in the country.


Covenant house

For over 25 years, Covenant House New Orleans has provided a safe haven for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 16-22. Located on the edge of the French Quarter, we shelter and care for neglected, abused, and exploited kids from the New Orleans area and from across the United States.


new orleans family justice center

New Orleans Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking through prevention and coordinated response by providing comprehensive client-centered, empowerment services in a single location.


Ellaine carr & Associates

The team at Ellaine Carr and Associates is committed to helping clients navigate through the complex world of U.S. immigration law.


ware | gasparian

At Ware|Gasparian, immigration lawyers have been helping individuals and organizations obtain their immigration objectives since the firm's founding as David Ware & Associates in 1982. With offices in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metro areas of Louisiana, as well as in Florida, Mississippi and Seattle, Washington, they handle only immigration law matters, providing clients with focused, efficient solutions.


heal trafficking

HEAL Trafficking is a united group of health professionals and advocates passionate about ending human trafficking and supporting its victims. Their mission is to unify and mobilize interdisciplinary professionals in combating human trafficking through a health care lens, and to serve as a centralized resource on health for the broader anti-trafficking community.


spotting the signs

Spotting the Signs is a guide developed in the United Kingdom to help health care professionals who work with young people under 18 detect child sexual exploitation (CSE) and gang-related sexual violence compiled by Dr. Karen Rogstad and Georgia Johnston.


Addressing Mental Health Needs in Survivors of Modern Slavery: A Critical Review and Research Agenda addresses the evidence on the mental health impact of enslavement, measures the efficacy of specific treatment approaches, and recommends future research priorities.


Eden House

Eden House is a two-year residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited. Modeled after Magdalene House in Nashville, Tennessee, Eden House provides six to eight women a safe and supportive home for two years, free of cost.


baptist friendship house

In recognizing the worth and dignity of homeless women and children, Baptist Friendship House seeks to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs, through love, action, and truth as revealed in God’s Word in Matthew 25, and 1 John 3:17-18.


Mil Mujeres

Founded in 2007, Mil Mujeres provides direct legal services in the area of immigration law to low-income Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.


caring for trafficked persons

The handbook combines research, field experience and good practice into a tool for those who provide health services to trafficked persons, whether identified victims or populations which may include unidentified victims or other exploited persons. The Caring for Trafficked Persons Facilitator’s Guide have been developed for individuals who wish to carry out training to help a concerned health provider understand the phenomenon of human trafficking.