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

by Jenn Lukens

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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


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


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April 2019

Save the Date: Third Annual Survivor-Led Symposium

April 11, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Inn at Villanova, 601 County Line Road
Radnor, PA 19087 United States
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May 2019

Human Trafficking

May 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Johnstown, 1440 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown, PA United States
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Presented By: Robert Kemerer, Troop Intelligence Office Pennsylvania State Police What is Human Trafficking and Where is it happening? Discuss actual cases Available Resources Organizer of Human Trafficking The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources in Somerset, Cambria, Blair, Bedford, Fulton, and Huntingdon Counties is a Department of Aging led state-wide network comprised of hundreds of local, state and federal partners that work together to assist individuals in exploring a full range of long-term support options regardless of age,…

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October 2019

2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit

October 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us on October 29 for the 2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College, PA Did you know..... Human trafficking is second largest criminal industry in the world behind illegal drugs and soon could be the leading crime in the world? Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry, with thousands of victims in the United States? Pennsylvania has the 11th highest number of cases reported in the nation? This is happening in our community?…

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