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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Physicians can help stop human trafficking

Sec. Napolitano
On July 22, 2010, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano launched the “Blue Campaign”—a DHS-wide initiative to combat human trafficking through enhanced public awareness, victim assistance programs, and law enforcement training and initiatives.
During a private strategy meeting with Secretary Napolitano's staff following the public launch of this program, I urged federal officials to conduct a campaign to help healthcare professionals recognize the signs of human trafficking. The Christian Medical Association, for example, has helped its membership increase awareness of human trafficking with online resources.
A study of European trafficking victims revealed that 28 percent had visited a healthcare professional during their captivity, yet none had been reported or rescued as a result. That's why it's imperative to get medical professionals on board with recognizing, reporting and aiding in the rehabilitation of trafficking victims.

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