Human Trafficking - Healthcare’s Response and Training
6:30pm CST August 27, 2013 CDT
LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Avenue
The Texas Nurses Association, District 16 is sponsoring a continuing education session on human trafficking of minors and what healthcare professionals can do to identify and treat these victims.
Brenda Crawford, a Certified Forensic Nurse Examiner from Cook Children’s Healthcare System will give the presentation. After the presentation, a local panel of experts will support a question and answer session.
Although the training session will be focused on healthcare professionals, the public is also invited to attend. Registered Nurses will receive continuing education credits. Light refreshments will be served.
“Human trafficking is now the second largest criminal activity in the United States with estimated annual revenues of $32 billion dollars, according to the Washington Times. Yet, human trafficking and the sex slave trade are rarely discussed in West Texas.
Human trafficking has reached an epidemic phase and the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, identified Texas as a major hub and transit site for international human trafficking. In 2010, the FBI’s Human Trafficking Task Force identified 2,500 new cases during the previous two and a half year period. However, this is a small fraction of the number of children involved in the sex trade.
Eighty percent of the human trafficking victims are forced into prostitution or sexual exploitation activities. The FBI indicates that 95% of these victims are young teenage girls and 83% are U.S. Citizens. The Polaris Project, which is a Washington D.C. based organization that focuses on the elimination of human trafficking, estimates that 100,000 children are involved in sex trade.
Healthcare professionals are in a unique position to identify and treat victims of the sex trade. Dr. Sophia Grant, M.D., a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and physician at the Cook Children’s Healthcare System, has developed a program designed specifically to educate healthcare personnel in identifying and treating these minors.”
–Rick Plum, MA, MBA, RN
Texas Nurses Association