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Human trafficking involves sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and trafficking of children. The needs of survivors of human trafficking are widespread due to the traumatic experiences they face. Concerns that may arise include decreased participation in meaningful activities in an individual's life, possibly due to anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, memory loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, and social isolation. Individuals who have been subjected to human trafficking often experience occupational deprivation and occupational therapy has yet to establish its role in the recovery process for survivors. This poster presents a capstone project consisting of the process towards the development of an occupation-based, trauma-informed, evidence-based, and survivor-centered program that focuses on facilitating community integration and independent living skills for survivors of human trafficking.

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San Marcos, CA


Occupational Therapy, Human Trafficking, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Adult Survivors of Child Adverse Events, Independent Living, Community Integration


Occupational Therapy | Psychiatry and Psychology | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Poster presented at the Fall 2019 Research Day on the San Marcos, CA, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, December 13, 2019.

This poster is based upon a capstone project of the same title:

Mariano, M. (2019). The role of occupational therapy for survivors of human trafficking [Doctoral capstone, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences].


  1. Gorman, K. W., & Hatkevich, B. A. (2016). Role of occupational therapy in combating human trafficking. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(6), 1–6.

The Role of Occupational Therapy for Survivors of Human Trafficking