ODEP's Work Supporting Survivors on the Job

ODEP's Work Supporting Survivors on the Job


What are the common challenges that human trafficking survivors face once they return to work? What are the signs that a human trafficking survivor is struggling on the job? How can the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) work with employers to create an environment where survivors feel comfortable requesting an accommodation?

Background Information

According to the State Department, people with disabilities remain one of the groups most at risk of being trafficked. As in all trafficking cases, perpetrators use force, fraud and/or coercion to hold victims with disabilities in servitude. While victims with disabilities may be trafficked into sex or labor, many cases include one additional element: the theft of Social Security and disability benefits. The opportunity to steal government benefits provides an added incentive for traffickers to target persons with disabilities. Young people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy is participating in this online dialogue to solicit feedback from advocates and employer associations to understand what tools and resources employers need to accommodate labor trafficking survivors with disabilities as they enter or return to the workforce.