Human Trafficking: The Role of Healthcare Providers in Stopping Modern-Day Slavery

Join us for a training for healthcare workers (CEU’s will be offered).

Friday, November 6, 2009
Registration: 8:00am
Program: 8:45am – 4:00pm

Johnston Medical Mall
514 N. Brightleaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27277
Directions and parking information will be mailed with your confirmation letter.

Program Description
Human trafficking, also called modern-day slavery, is now considered the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world; second only to drug trafficking. Healthcare providers play a key role in being able to identify victims and provide treatment and resources. This one-day workshop addresses the prevalence of human trafficking, characteristics of victims, related health issues, and resources available for referral and treatment.

Target Audience
Community and professional persons affiliated with law enforcement, health, social services, emergency response, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, legal, government and others who are interested in learning how to respond to human trafficking in North Carolina

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1. Define human trafficking.
2. Discuss the North Carolina laws pertaining to victims and perpetrators of human trafficking.
3. Identify the characteristics of a victim of human trafficking.
4. Identify the healthcare needs of a victim.
5. List community resources available to victims and professionals.

8:00am Registration/Coffee
8:45 Welcome and Announcements/Day Overview
Diane Yelverton, MS, RNC
Ellen Blair, MD
9:00 Overview of Human Trafficking (Panel, Q&A)
Moderator: Keri Christensen
Definition, Trends and Statistics/Legal, Jennifer Stuart, JD
General Characteristics of a NC Trafficking Victim, Susan Young, BSN, RN
Response in North Carolina, Major Mark Nichols
9:45 Break
10:00 Documentary Film “Playground, Child Sex Trade in America”
11:30 Break
11:40 Debrief of Film (Panel, Q&A)
Moderator: Laurel Hill Simeone, MA, LPC
Libby Spears, Writer/Director
Jacqueline Hall Williams, BA, MAR, MSW, LCSW
Cathy Purvis, MA
12:10pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 What Do You Look For? (Panel, Q&A)
Moderator: Donna M. Bickford, PhD, MA, BA
Truth vs. Myth-Profile of a Trafficked Victim, Monika Johnson Hostler
Health Issues for the Trafficked Victim, Jennifer Reed Morillo, BS
Working with Trafficked Victims, Dawn Kauffman, BSN, RN
2:15 Break
2:30 Resources for First Responders (Panel, Q&A)
Moderator: Adam Hartzell
How to Communicate with Victims, Christine Shaw, MSW, BSW
Providing for Needs of Victims, Cassandra Carponter
Legal Provisions for Victims, Elizabeth Fernandez and Attracta Kelly, JD
Facts and Referral Card, Patricia Witt, BS, PMP
3:30pm Challenge/Wrap up, Evaluations
Evelyn Foust, CPM, MPH

Please submit questions you may have for speakers to
Danette Charles, by Monday, October 26, 2009.

Wake AHEC CEU: .6 (5.5 contact hours)
A participant must attend 100% of the activity to receive credit. No partial credit will be given.

After October 30, 2009 – $45
(Vouchers not accepted.)

Inclement Weather
Call 919-350-8547 for the inclement weather schedule.

Cancellations & Refunds
No refunds will be issued. Substitutes are encouraged.

Register online at

This workshop is a collaborative result of interest generated by a series of community forums hosted by Soroptimist International of Raleigh in early 2009.


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