The Intersection of Human Trafficking and the Drug Culture

Dates: January 19, 2024

Meets: F from 12 N to 2:00 PM

Location: ONLINE - Live

COURSE: $49.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


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NOTE: This course includes MCBAP credits and Human Trafficking contining education hours.

The complex relationship between drug use and both labor and sex trafficking is a public health concern. The role of drugs in human trafficking is powerful and pervasive. Not only are those with drug abuse issues more vulnerable to being trafficked, but traffickers specifically target them. Traffickers can use drugs as a means of coercion. Many victims are forced to engage in criminality, such as illicit drug production and transportation. This presentation will explore the intersections of human trafficking and the drug culture, identify indicators of exploitation, discuss screening, and advanced clinical skills for the treatment of co-occurring mental health concerns.


  1. Describe how drug abuse impacts risks and outcomes of human trafficking victims.
  2. List the types and venues of human trafficking in the United States.
  3. Describe how to identify victims of human trafficking in health care settings.
  4. Compile resources available for those impacted by human trafficking.


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Payment & Registration

  • Payment is due upon registration. If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee. If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    This policy is to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm.
  • Waitlist Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration at least 48 hours prior to the program. You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program. Refund requests received within 48 hours of the program are not eligible for a refund. If GVSU needs to cancel the event, participants will receive a full refund.

Social Work Continuing Education Credits:

  • Participants seeking Social Work Continuing Education credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive SWCE credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program. Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email
  • Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours.
Fee: $49.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCOURSE$ 49.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Field Education Supervisor$ 36.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Faculty/Staff$ 15.00


The Zoom link for the course will be emailed to you two days prior to the event.

Katie Papke

Katie Papke, LMSW, CAADC, CCHTVSP, is a human trafficking survivor. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Clinically Certified Human Trafficking Victims Services Provider. She is a School of Social Work Program Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University teaching classes on human trafficking. Katie has her own therapy private practice with Life Support Counseling and Coaching, LLC in Grand Rapids, MI. She has a passion working with victims and survivors of human trafficking, intimate partner violence and other forms of abuse. Her specialty is working with teens and adults who have a history of trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. She serves as the Vice President of the board of Sacred Beginnings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sacred Beginnings is a safe haven for victims of human trafficking. Katie is highly involved with her local Human Trafficking Task Force in Kent County, Michigan. She contracts with Kent Intermediate School Districtýs to provide education to students about human trafficking as part of the Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education grant. Katie graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work in 2006.