Title

Best Practices for Rescuing Trafficking Victims

Tuesday, December 01, 2015
2:00pm
2255 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC
United States
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Christopher H. Smith
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Steve Cohen
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Michael C. Burgess
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Moderator(s): 
Name: 
Allison Hollabaugh
Title Text: 
Counsel
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
"Roxana"
Title: 
Trafficking Survivor
Name: 
"Celena"
Title: 
Trafficking Survivor
Name: 
Dr. Kimberly Chang
Body: 
Asian Health Services Community Health Clinic
Name: 
Dr. Jordan Greenbaum
Body: 
Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Health Children
Name: 
Laura J. Lederer
Title: 
Adjunct Professor of Law
Body: 
Georgetown University Law School

Recent research indicates that more than 80 percent of human trafficking victims in the United States have contact with the healthcare system in the course of being trafficked. Some victims are even brought to the clinic by their trafficker. However, opportunities to identify trafficking victims during their interactions with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers are often missed.

The briefing was the latest installment in the ongoing TVPA oversight series with a focus on best practice development for identifying--and rescuing--foreign trafficking victims in the U.S. Panelists included two foreign-born trafficking victims who shared insights on what helped them escape, and how doctors in the United States could have helped free them sooner. Expert analysis was also provided by panelists from the healthcare field and the NGO community.

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