2023 Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit
Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking: The Harm to Black Women



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Recorded on Thursday, February 9, 2023 

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During the COVID-19 global pandemic there was an 82% increase of domestic violence (Sharma & Borah, 2020). 1 in 4 women have been impacted by this spike. The number of people at risk for human trafficking also increased, as traffickers took advantage of the social and economic crisis created by the global pandemic (Usta & El-Jarrah, 2021). When compared to other minority communities in the United States, Black women experience multiple types of victimization and often at higher rates (West, 2021). These systemic issues often funnel into the addiction treatment industry through victim care and offender treatment. In this presentation, participants will learn more about how domestic violence and human trafficking impact the Black community.


Conte M. Terrell, CCC, DMin, PhD, “Dr. Conte” is one of the nation’s most sought-after experts in family violence and healthy relationships, an international best-selling published author and speaker. Her journey started after surviving a ten-year marriage to a physically abusive ex-spouse. In 1997, her personal experience and passion to assist others compelled her to start Fresh Spirit Wellness for Women, Inc. a nonprofit organization assisting domestic violence survivors and families affected by this crisis, to help them reclaim their power. She is also the CEO of the Success Season Next Level Coaching Program and CEO of Fresh Spirit Publishing LLC. Conte has been honored with many awards for her work with woman, philanthropy and community service including receiving the Joe Biden Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nissi Hamilton, BS, MBA, is a subject matter expert, global humanitarian, and survivor of human trafficking. CEO and Executive Director of non-profit Nissi’s Network Inc., she has given away over one million dollars in resources as she advocates for juvenile justice and human trafficking awareness prevention. She was trafficked as a victim child at the age of 15 years old from foster care and became the first case known in Texas for being sued for child support by the men who trafficked her. She superseded expectations of victimization and garnered impeccable results such as the passing of Senate Bill 315 also known as the Texas Smart Act to prevent young girls from working at sexually oriented businesses at the age of 18, they now must be 21 years of age to work. For her outstanding achievements in improving justice for child trafficking victims, she is the recipient of the National Black Prosecutors Association Courage in Profiles Award, the Paul H. Chapman Award, the 2022 ProtectHer Award from New Friends New Life and a three-time recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carolyn M. West, PhD, is an award-winning Author, International Speaker, Documentary Filmmaker, Expert Witness, and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. For more than three decades, she has been investigating domestic violence and sexual assault in the lives of African American women. She has authored more than 100 academic publications and is editor of Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue. West has given Congressional Briefings and hundreds of keynote addresses, workshops, and presentations around the country. She has been interviewed by national media outlets including, The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and CBS News. Her mission is to deliver keynote addresses, conduct workshops, and customize innovative training material to educate and equip professionals with the skills to provide culturally responsive services. She can be reached at www.DrCarolynWest.com

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to summarize reasons why Black women experience higher rates of victimization due to domestic violence and trafficking.
  • Participants will be able to identify three ways to explain how domestic violence and trafficking directly impact the addiction treatment industry.
  • Participants will be able to identify three ways to ensure that domestic violence and trafficking are incorporated into the assessment and treatment of disorders of addiction.
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Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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