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2021 Virtual Rural Human Trafficking Summit

Working to End Human Trafficking by Increasing Education and Awareness Through the
Health Systems and Community Response

November 8-9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region III Office of the Regional Director, Health Resources and Services Administration; the Eastcentral and Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center; the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania announces the third annual two-day virtual continuing education and outreach event to identify and stop human trafficking.  The 2021 Summit continues the rural human trafficking collaborative with an emphasis on rural prevention, treatment, and community collaboration.

Join us to hear from human trafficking “surthrivors” and how supports and services can be realigned to effectively serve victims, including lessons learned and best practices from Pennsylvania and other states.  Strategies for health care providers, health systems, and community-based organizations will be discussed to address this pervasive issue.

The audience for the Summit includes community-based service groups and coalitions, health care providers, health care facility managers and leadership, law enforcement professionals, advocates, and others interested in targeting–and stopping–all human trafficking.

 

“It’s on Us”: Healthcare’s Unique Position in the Response to Human Trafficking

by Jenn Lukens

Click here to read Part one of a two-part series on human trafficking in rural America.

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Podcasts

2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Podcast Episodes

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s podcast series on human trafficking. Our goal is to educate everyone who can target and stop human trafficking which is defined as modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking occurs in every state, every city, every town and in almost every industry. Rural areas can be particularly vulnerable to trafficking, and a haven for traffickers. Listen to learn what actions rural communities can and are taking to prevent human trafficking and how to help victims get the support they need.

Join in listening to conversations from the 2019 Pennsylvania Rural Human Trafficking Summit, held on October 29, 2019. This summit was host to multiple guest speakers, including one survivor, who educated attendees on the ways human trafficking is affecting our communities and how to spot and stop this crisis; discussed strategies for health care and human service organizations to implement to train providers and staff on identifying potential human trafficked victims; and highlighted how this issue is impacting Pennsylvania and the role law enforcement is taking. Featured in our two podcasts are Susan Mathias, CEO of Transition of Pennsylvania and Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Association of Sexual Assault Centers and Kendra Aucker President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital; and Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Lannette Fetzer, Quality Improvement Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.

Episode 1

Episode 2


Resources

2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Presentations

Chelsea Edwards.General Session III Krista Hoffman.General Session I Martha Okafor.General Session II MaryTiernan.General Session I Patricia Danner.General Session II Steven Donahue.General Session V


News

Core Competencies for Human Trafficking Response in Health Care & Behavioral Health Systems

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Trafficking in Person (OTIP) has released the Core Competencies ...
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‘It’s on us’: Health care’s unique position in the response to human trafficking

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National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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Department of Homeland Security Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human ...
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“It’s on Us”: Health Care’s Unique Position in the Response to Human Trafficking

by Jenn Lukens Human trafficking, as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “involves force, fraud, or coercion to ...
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Promising Practice: Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Puts Focus on Rural Human Trafficking
This article appeared as a Promising Practice feature in the March issue of the NOSORH Branch newsletter.
Reprinted with permission from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).


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2021 Virtual Rural Human Trafficking Summit

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