I pledge to interact ethically with survivors at events

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I will treat survivors as a peer and colleague regardless of the survivors’ professional status in the anti-trafficking field. I will compensate them fairly for their input and participation and treat their input with respect and validity.

I pledge to ask survivors for their subject matter expertise. I will not ask them to speak about the worst parts of their trauma.

I pledge to ask survivors about what kinds of questions they would like to be asked when sitting on a panel or being interviewed. I will not surprise them with unnecessary questions about their life that could be triggering and I will stick to the agreed upon questions and format.

I pledge to respect survivors’ physical and emotional boundaries. I will not assume shared physical or emotional intimacy. For example, I will ask permission to give hugs.

I pledge to listen to survivors and respect their expertise on their trauma and healing. I will not tell them how to do their healing better or question their experiences.