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According to the National Institutes of Health, 76.9% of patients were unidentified victims of human trafficking due to lack of inquiries by healthcare providers. Additionally, 85% of patients did not disclose victimization due to shame. Another aspect of this situation is that once human trafficking is identified, ongoing follow-up can become challenging due to high rates of disengagement, loss of contact, etc. Unfortunately, identified victims may not receive the needed referrals or assistance due to lack of response protocols, safe disposition, and internal resources.

In order to address human trafficking in the medical and first responder settings, The RIC (The Regional Interdisciplinary Collaborative to Disrupt Human Trafficking), invites you to attend a human trafficking Webinar to Build Cross-Sector Partnerships. The Webinar will focus on a lived-experienced expert about the challenges and barriers she faced, and continues to face, while in a medical setting. Participants will be provided with model examples on developing a strategy for those identified as victims by creating a plan with 24/7 partners, and from a forensic nurse on how to create and implement a training program for hospital personnel.

Learning Objectives:

  1. – How to identify and engage victims of human trafficking.
  2. – The importance of community engagement and how to build partnerships across various sectors within your community. This includes law enforcement, first responders, medical, non-profits and the faith-based communities.
  3. – The process of creating and implementing guidelines within the medical
    setting to identify and assist victims of human trafficking.

Nursing CEUs are being applied for this Webinar.



DV Consultant, Gang Consultant
Bayhealth Forensic Nurse Clinical Coordinator

Debra S. Holbrook, MSN, RN, SANE-A, FNE A/P, AFN – C, FNE A/P, DF-AFN, FAAN

Director Forensic Nursing, Mercy Medical Center

Dawn Schiller, M.A.

Training Director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), LA County Project, Consultant, Speaker

Ret. Detective Thomas Stack

Anti-Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault Response Manager, City of Baltimore

Renee Franchi, Esq.

Attorney, Andreozzi + Foote


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