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Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH)

About

Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) was founded by AMWA in 2014 in order to educate physicians, residents, and medical students about issues surrounding human trafficking.

MISSION STATEMENT

To help medical professionals better care for victims of human trafficking by:

  • Enhancing awareness of the scope of the problem
  • Identifying at-risk patients by utilizing victim-centered interviewing techniques
  • Providing and promoting trauma-informed care
  • Equipping health professionals to intervene safely on behalf of patients
  • Connecting patients, providers, clinics, and hospitals to resources.

EVIDENCE BASIS

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HISTORY

In 2012, AMWA President, Dr. Gayatri Devi, identified sex trafficking as an important issue for AMWA to address. This led to the development of the Human Trafficking Committee by co-chairs Dr. Suzanne Harrison and Dr. Holly Atkinson, which authored AMWA’s position statement on human trafficking. Dr. Kanani Titchen, then AMWA Resident Division President, conducted a survey to identify healthcare providers’ knowledge in this area and found that knowledge to be significantly lacking. These findings led to the creation of a series of educational videos and an interactive website to educate medical professionals about sex trafficking victims; these videos are available for viewing online at www.doc-path.org/. AMWA-PATH has also conducted webinars and supported local conferences on the issue of human trafficking. For more about the history of AMWA-PATH, please click here.

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Learn to Identify and Fight Trafficking (LIFT) Series

The AMWA-PATH curriculumis a human trafficking training designed to educate healthcare providers at all levels of training on how to identify and assist patients that have been trafficked. The LIFT series is a virtual, 3-hour, interactive training that grants 3.0 Category 1 CEU credits to participants free of charge, covering essential information about labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. LIFT is a CME-accredited training through the American Medical Women’s Association, Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (AMWA-PATH).

The Learn to Identify and Fight Trafficking (LIFT) series covers the following:

  • What Is Human Trafficking?
  • Where Is Human Trafficking?
  • Who Is At-Risk?
  • How Are Humans Trafficked?
  • Trafficking & Health Care
  • The Impact: Why Should We Care?
  • Barriers to Care
  • What Can We Do?
  • The Dilemma
  • Resilience & the PATH to Recovery

Learning objectives are as follows:

  1. Describe the scope and prevalence of the problem of labor trafficking and sex trafficking in the United States.
  2. Recognize the warning signs that raise suspicion for trafficking victimization and identify trafficked persons who present to the health care setting.
  3. Commit to incorporate assessing suspected victims of trafficking into routine practice.
  4. Commit to clinically evaluate and treat any patient suspected of being trafficked, using trauma-informed reporting techniques and local and national resources.

AMWA-PATH partners with community resources engaged in the fight against human trafficking. These community partners comprise a panel of local experts whose knowledge around human trafficking is specific to the city/location of the training. The role of community partners is to educate participants on the available resources in the area, and to provide pamphlets, business cards, and any other handouts that may be useful to medical professionals. The community partners are also able to provide detailed accounts of a patient’s path to recovery, which frequently involves legal advocacy, medical care, housing, psychological care, job training/placement, and other resources.

Upcoming Events & Registration

The LIFT Curriculum has transitioned to a virtual platform and is currently accepting requests for events in the summer/fall of 2021. Please contact path_admin@amwa-doc.org if you are interested in hosting an event.

Online LIFT Training

Please note that the online LIFT recording does not offer CME credits; only the live, virtual LIFT trainings grant continuing education credit.

Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Indiana University School of Medicine and American Medical Women’s Association, Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans. The Indiana University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Indiana University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of  3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Indiana University School of Medicine has been approved by the Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board to provide Category I Continuing Education program.  This activity qualifies for 3.0 Category I CEU as outlined by the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

All trainings are FREE thanks to our generous donors.

To schedule a training, please complete the LIFT Training Request or email path@amwa-doc.org

Resources

Jain, Juhi; Bennett, Mackenzie; Bailey, Mark; Liaou, Daniel; Kaltiso, Sheri-Ann; Greenbaum, Jordan; Williams, Kimberly; Gordon, Mollie; Torres, Melissa; Nguyen, Phuong; Coverdale, John; Williams, Victor; Hari, Cayla; Rodriguez, Samantha; Salami, Temilola; Potter, Jonell. “Human Trafficking and the Role of the Medical Professional: Creating a Collaborative Trauma-Informed Interdisciplinary City-Wide Victim Services Model Focused on Healthcare for Survivors of Human Trafficking,” Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. Volume 137 Issue 1_suppl, July/August 2022

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Student Interest Group

AMWA-PATH is an organization committed to the education of healthcare professionals on human trafficking: how to recognize and care for this patient population. We are a team made up of practicing physicians, dentists, and nurses, as well as professional and undergraduate level students. Please visit the other tabs to learn more.

As Student Co-Chairs, we have felt a desire to connect with other students while at various national trainings and within our own communities. Many of you have your own initiatives at your institutions and come from a wide array of backgrounds, professions, and goals. We feel that engaging with you is the best next step for the student section of AMWA-PATH. As a result, we have created the Student Interest Group.

We want to expand the level of student involvement to include collaboration across student pre-medical and medical school chapters, increasing advocacy activities, fundraising efforts, and more. We want to uplift each other and stay true to what makes AMWA so special – deliberate mentorship and guidance throughout all levels of training, from high school to attending level.

As we progress through our training, we have so many experiences and perspectives to offer one another and we believe that AMWA-PATH can partake in this model too. In doing so, we hope to increase our visibility and engagement at the local, state, and national levels as student members of AMWA-PATH.

To get started, please complete the Student Interest Form so that we can learn a little more about you.

Once we gain some interest and find opportunities to engage with the Student Interest Group, we will be in touch! Thank you for your patience as we start this next exciting part of AMWA-PATH’s journey.

Warmly,

Student and Resident Co-Chairs

Monthly Newsletter

This is an initiative from the PATH Student group — a quarterly series in research and advocacy news summaries created by the PATH residents and medical students. Newsletters will feature brief breakdowns on some of the most recent scholarly publications, policy changes related to human trafficking, and recent and upcoming PATH events.

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Contact Us

AMWA-PATH Leadership:

President:                                Traci Kurtzer

Vice President:                        Aarti Vala

Treasurer:                               Liz Berdan-Interim

Past President:                        Liz Berdan

Admin & Operations Mgr:   Zayn Gerakitis

Past Admin:                             Sarah Melin

Co-Chairs:                                Mollie Gordon, Julie Welch, Aarti Vala, Trudy Reese, Liz Berdan, Kanani Titchen (on leave), Preeti Panda, Juhi Jain

LIFT Coordinators:                Diana Jaber (med-student), Saboria Thomas (med-student)

LIFT Facilitators:                   Michelle Lyman, Kristina Borham

Survivor Speakers:                 Ellora Nyhan, Jennifer Hammer

 

AMWA-PATH Student Interest Group Leadership/Chairs:

President:                                  Zara Siddiqui

Vice President:                         Madeline Monken

Advocacy:

Student Chair/Asst Chair:     Victoria Addis /Gabriella Tangkilisan

Physician Chairs:                     Preeti Panda, Juhi Jain

Education:

Student Chair/ Asst Chair:    Emelyn Zaworski/Analine Delgado
                Physician Chairs:     Kanani Titchen, Julie Welch, Traci Kurtzer- interim

Public Relations:

Student Chair:                          Anu Verma

Physician Chair:                       Aarti Vala

Research:

Student Chair/Asst Chair:     Minka Gill / Imaima Casubhoy

Physician Chair:                       Liz Berdan

Fundraising:

Student Chair/Asst Chair:     Diana Jaber/Abigail Martinez

Physician Chair:                       Mollie Gordon

Specialty:

Chair Dentistry:                         Trudy Reese

Chair PA/APRN/RN:

Chair EMT:

AMWA-PATH Interns / Newsletter:
Becca Song (on leave),  Dana Shubai

Education Subcommittee Physician Chair

The Physician Chair of the AMWA PATH’s Education committee reviews and updates the national LIFT training as well as guides educational content for social media platforms including our website, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In. The physician lead oversees materials created by students in the Education Student Interest Group (SIG) to make sure they are accurate, relevant, and applicable to the needs of current medical professionals in training or practice. Ability to facilitate 1-2 LIFT trainings (3 hours with honorarium) per year is desirable. This is a great opportunity for leaders to expand their impact on anti-human trafficking education for fellow healthcare professionals. Expect around 2-3 hours of work/month including attendance at monthly board meetings as a voting member of PATH. 

Fundraising Subcommittee Physician Chair

The Physician Chair of the AMWA PATH’s Fundraising committee  guides fundraising efforts for the programming and supports content for social media platforms including our website, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In. The physician lead oversees efforts by students in the Fundraising Student Interest Group (SIG) which can include supervising and reviewing content for grant applications. Ability to facilitate 1-2 LIFT trainings (3 hours with honorarium) per year is desirable. This is a great opportunity for leaders to support PATH’s ongoing efforts to provide anti-human trafficking education for fellow healthcare professionals. Expect around 2-3 hours of work/month including attendance at monthly board meetings as a voting member of PATH. 

Public Relations Subcommittee Physician Chair

Lead AMWA PATH’s Public Relations committee in creating content for our social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In. The physician lead edits content created by students to make sure they are accurate, relevant, and trauma-informed. This includes educational content as well as highlighting AMWA PATH projects, community partner work, and upcoming AMWA PATH events. Plenty of opportunity for creative freedom and further projects to promote AMWA PATH and our anti-human trafficking work. Facilitating 1-2 LIFT trainings (3 hours with honorarium) per year is ideal. Expect around 2-3 hours of work/month including attendance at monthly board meeting.

Treasurer-PATH

The treasurer works closely with the president of AMWA-PATH and the AMWA-PATH Operations Manager and is a member of the board. 

  • Assist in planning the year’s events with respects to financial means, and assist with adherence to the predetermined financial budget for the year
  • Document financial transactions and creates budget for next year
  • Manage formal reports and review financial statements from AMWA to track the incoming donations and outgoing payments. 
  • Work with the Operations Manager to ensure speakers are being issued their honorarium 
  • This is a great opportunity for leaders to expand their impact on anti-human trafficking education for fellow healthcare professionals. Expect around 2-3 hours of work/month including attendance at monthly board meetings as a voting member of PATH. 

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AMWA-PATH is lead by physician co-chairs who work full time caring for patients and yet graciously donate their time to this important issue. Student and resident leaders make time within their busy schedules to support AMWA-PATH’s efforts by managing social media accounts, research projects, education efforts, and more, all on a volunteer basis.

The work that we do would not be possible without the help of a small grant that goes toward facilitating educational events, but unfortunately this does not entirely cover the entire cost of the work that AMWA-PATH does. We are extremely grateful for our generous donors, who continue to provide funding for travel, administrative support, and other necessary costs.

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