Sex Trafficking in Michigan

Transitions Legal welcomed Dr. Tracey Stulberg for our inaugural Take Action Lunch and Learn event in January 2017.

Tracey Stulberg is the Director of the Oakland Family Therapy Restorative Justice Project. At the Birmingham Family Therapy Clinic, Dr. Stulberg incorporates the restorative justice process for clients dealing with the effects of sexual abuse, physical violence and human trafficking (both labor and sex trafficking). 

On January 26, 2017, Dr. Stulberg shared her experiences working with victims of sex trafficking with information about how to protect and rehabilitate trafficking victims and look for indicators of human trafficking.

Alisa Peskin-Shepherd and Dr. Tracey Stulberg


Dr. Tracey Stulberg shared with the audience the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force resource on what you can do in 12 minutes, 12 days, and 12 months to help a victim of sex trafficking.

12 Minutes

  • On your cell phone add the National Human Trafficking Hotline for suspected human trafficking or text: 1 888-3737-888 or text BeBrave.
  • Enter on your computer the MHTTF page
  • Research human trafficking

12 Days

  • Contact your state representative or congressional representative asking to be placed on a mailing list to be notified when human trafficking legislation is introduced.
  • Go to Slavery Footprint and find out how many slaves you own and encourage one other person to also use this web-site.
  • Begin writing in a diary listing twelve basic facts about Human Trafficking starting with the most basic, “Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery and exists in the United States”; every 12 days write at least four more facts.
  • Invite four people to join once a month to discuss the complexity of trafficking and together watch a TED talk ending the ensuing discussion with one action item.
  • Start identifying myths surrounding human trafficking

12 Months

  • Investigate where and who are groups and organizations within your community focusing on human trafficking; attend a meeting to assess your participation. Examine materials to determine mission, partnerships, and fiscal responsibility.
  • Make a list of what your support could be, whether financial, legal, medical, mentor, in fund-raising, or in leadership, and then consider this commitment.
  • Attend a state or regional training conference that includes experts with a wide range of topics applicable to identifying current successful strategies; ask question, get answers.
  • Seek out existing community support for trauma based interviewing, victim centered approaches, and pro-bono legal and psychological assistance.
  • Consider other means of bringing awareness to the community such as from those involved in the ARTS and CULTURE aspect of human rights. 

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