Nicole Leopardi MD FAAP and E. Renee Cantwell DNP RN
NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a pressing public health concern that transcends all races, social classes, demographics, and gender. No population is exempt from the ever-present threat of traffickers. Human traffickers are motivated by greed, driven by quota, devoid of respect for human rights, preying upon the vulnerable, and damaging the psychological and physical well-being of their victims.
Preventing trafficking, recognizing victimization, and intervening appropriately requires a public health approach that incorporates rigorous research on the risk factors, health impact, and effective treatment options for exploited individuals. Health care professionals need training to recognize possible signs of exploitation and to intervene appropriately.
This program will present information about human trafficking, signs that a patient may be a victim of trafficking as well as direction on how to intervene and assist victims.
Human Trafficking: Myths, Facts, and Statistics
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