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119X – Human Trafficking: A Hospital’s Call to Action in Identifying and Supporting Victims

Wednesday, March 25th
4:15pm5:45pm

About the Session

Human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery that involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. It is a $150 billion global industry, stealing basic human rights and freedoms from over 25 million people around the world and in our very own backyard. Greater alliances between the community and healthcare professionals are needed to address the growing problem of adults and children working against their will. This seminar will focus on bringing awareness and understanding to the breadth of the issue. It will also help identify clinicians’ role in recognizing human trafficking victims presenting in the hospital setting and provide guidance for supporting victims from that point forward.

The presenters will share how an example hospital took a five-pronged approach to developing a human trafficking program. The approach included interjection of general employee awareness; development of policy; establishment of guidelines; development of focused education and action steps; and institution of strong community partnerships to support the victims within and beyond the hospital setting. The session will conclude with an interactive question and answer segment to allow you to engage with the speakers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss clinicians’ role in identifying and supporting victims of human trafficking.
  • Identify a five-pronged approach for establishing a strong foundation to counter human trafficking within the hospital setting.

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Presented By

Kimberley M. DuBose, FACHE

Operations Manager, Emergency Services
Houston Methodist Hospital

Johnie Leonard

Nursing Director
Houston Methodist Hospital System

Laura Castellanos

Assistant Director
American Hospital Association