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Human Trafficking: What Every Nurse Should Know

Posted about 3 years ago by Pat Sonnenstuhl

Human Trafficking: What Every Nurse Should Know

On Friday, March 20, 2015 from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Eastern Time
A FREE Online Webinar
Presented by the International Association of Forensic Nurses SAFEta Project
Made possible by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

Please join us for this innovative webinar presented by the SAFEta project (under a cooperative agreement between the Office on Violence Against Women and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)).

Health care provider misperceptions, competing priorities in the clinical setting, and a lack of training have all been identified as significant barriers to health care professionals' ability to identify patients who are being trafficked. In the context of health care in North America, few organizations have formal screening practices, written policies or protocols for responding to the needs of trafficking victims. Lack of screening practices represent a critical shortcoming within the medical community, especially considering we are referring to a population that does not typically self-identify as being victims or voluntarily disclose their victimization.

For providers who have received training, the trainings are often provided by non-medical professionals and focus on awareness building or the general dynamics of the human trafficking phenomenon. Although these are important factors, providers also need guidance in medical screening, assessment, interventions and referrals. Today, we have an expert in the forensic medical evaluation of patients with histories of trafficking and exploitation who will expand on the dynamics of trafficking within the context of nursing practice.

The speaker for this webinar is Rachell Ekroos, a family nurse practitioner specializing in forensic nursing. She holds two national ANCC Board Certifications, one as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a second in Advanced Forensic Nursing. She has extensive advanced practice and interdisciplinary experience serving populations affected by violence. Additional areas of specialized expertise include human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and technology facilitated crimes against children. Mrs. Ekroos is a published author and national speaker on various forensic nursing topics.

Register now! To register, you will need your username.

If you do not have a username, you will be prompted to create one. Should you encounter any difficulty registering, please contact The Association at 410-626-7805 or by email info@safeta.org.

To access the webinar handouts--including a copy of the presentation--please access the SAFEta website: http://www.safeta.org/