Bella Hounakey is a Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate dedicated to supporting victims as they navigate life after victimization. As a member of the President’s U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, Ms. Hounakey contributed to the landmark Executive Order on Combating Human Trafficking and Online Child Exploitation and leads trafficking education and victim advocacy initiatives. She is currently employed at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) serving children at risk of exploitation. Bella provides consulting services and technical assistance to NGO; domestic and foreign governments to achieve the goals of the TVPA. Ms. Hounakey received her Bachelor’s and Masters degree from Western Michigan University.
Subject Matter Expert
Evaluating your organization’s practices of combating Human Trafficking.
Educating first responders on the needs of victims. To include, members of the Judicial system, mental health providers, doctors, nurses, and other stakeholders in the anti-trafficking field.
How your organization can create partnerships with local, state, federal entities to improve anti-trafficking services and policies to empower survivors.
Understanding the intersection between Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking. How to provide services specific to that population.
Understanding how to scale cultural barriers in providing services to human trafficking survivors in the immigrant population.
Understanding how to provide services that match the needs of the survivors you serve in your community.
Understanding how to gain the trust of survivors when offering services or during the process of providing services.
Faith-based entities on their roles in a victim’s life.