According to a recent NPR Marketplace story, as many as 68% of human trafficking victims and an astounding 87.8% of sex trafficking victims say they had contact with health care while being trafficked. Human Trafficking is not something that happens “somewhere else” but unfortunately, is something that is happening right here and right now. The Salvation Army’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program has served 400 individuals since May 2012 through case management, outreach, and a drop-in program. Their initiative, End Slavery Cincinnati, is a coalition that serves to coordinate services for victims, as well as be a place for community members and other key actors on this issue to connect. The number of cases they serve does not reflect the cases that were served by other agencies or were not reported. Despite the staggering number of people involved in human trafficking right here in our backyard and the fact that health professionals often come in contact with human trafficking victims, only
5% of ED personnel nationwide are trained to properly identify human trafficking victims.
The Health Collaborative intends to change that with Human Trafficking: What Health Care Providers Need to Know on June 22. (A public Town Hall Meeting will follow the class – scroll to bottom for details.) Beyond discussing how to identify human trafficking victims, this class also provides information on how social service agencies and law enforcement follow up on cases and provide survivors the assistance they need.
What you’ll learn:
- Definition of human trafficking
- What it looks like regionally
- How it intersects w/ healthcare
- When to call victim hotline
- Roles of local service agencies
- Local efforts to combat trafficking
When: June 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Health Collaborative, 2100 Sherman Avenue, Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45212
Cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members
- Erin Meyer and Bhumika Patel, End Slavery Cincinnati
- Rosanne Hountz, UC Health and Xavier University
- Emily Kimball, The Health Collaborative and Heart.Beats.Slavery
- Cincinnati Police Department representatives via video
Program approval for 2.5 continuing education credit from the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board for this program has been granted for social workers (RSX039110) through The Christ Hospital Social Work Department and fulfills 2.5 CEUs of training. The Ohio Board of Nursing recognizes Social Worker CEUs as long as the content is relevant to the nurses’ professional development.
TOWN HALL MEETING AFTER THE CLASS – We Want to Hear From YOU!
After the Human Trafficking class ends, we welcome the community to join the conversation in a Town Hall Meeting from 12:30-1:30pm at The Health Collaborative. We’ll hear from a panel of experts and discuss these topics:
- How does healthcare intersect with human trafficking?
- What can the community do to combat human trafficking?
- Denise Driehaus, Ohio State Representative
- Yvette Simpson, Cincinnati Councilwoman
- Erin Meyer and Bhumika Patel from End Slavery Cincinnati
- Cincinnati Police Department representative
This Town Hall Meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please RSVP to Emily Kimball at email@example.com or 513.618.3600.