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AMWA-PATH Fall Newsletter

September 16

“Kindness goes a long way. I would have cherished a kind word in those times. In a world full of evil be that peace. You never know a person’s story or what they're going through. Be the change” – a 20 year old survivor as told to Carly Rabinowitz

Below are dates and registration links for 3 upcoming SUSTAIN Events
SUSTAIN training comes with 3.75 free CME credits. Click each date and location for the link to register.

Berkeley/Oakland, CA, Aug 18

In the News
Psychiatry’s Role in the Management of Human Trafficking Victims: An Integrated Care Approach

Trafficked persons often experience many assaults on their mental health while being trafficked and may require the help of mental health professionals in the process of recovery.

This article, published by PATH member Dr. Molly Gordon and her colleagues highlights how mental health providers can use integrate care models to improve survivor care. The article is an extensive review on literature in the field and emphasizes approaches that reduce re-traumatization.

Meet our newest PATH Physician Co-Chair
    Elizabeth A (Liz) Berdan, MD, MS, is a pediatric surgeon at Mary Bridge  Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Her surgical residency was completed at the University of Minnesota, and her fellowship was completed in 2017 at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Liz is married to Randy, and together they have two daughters age 6 and 7. She is a martial artist studying Ninpo Bugei and Jujutsu Renmei. Her most recent infatuation are audiobooks.

Liz began educating our medical community about victims of sex trafficking as a resident- member of AMWA in 2013. Liz is thrilled to re-join the national AMWA efforts in the prevention of sex trafficking.


Dr. Suzanne Harrison

Former AMWA President and PATH Physician Chair, Dr. Suzanne Harrison has published an article for the Academy of Women's Health:Human Trafficking and What you Can Do.

Dr. Harrison shares powerful statistics as well as clinical information. If your patient is a trafficked person, Dr. Harrison recomends, " Start by validating what she’s told you. Let her know that it isn’t her fault and that no one deserves this "

For the full article, click here

Carly Rabinowitz, MS4

"I had the pleasure to work with Selah Freedom, a magnificent organization in Sarasota, FL and Chicago, IL that helps female sex trafficking victims become survivors.

I worked at the Assessment House with females who were recently taken from their traffickers and needed safety, as well as at the Residential House that helped these survivors make their way back into society by providing them invaluable resources they need to live life to their highest potential."

The quote at the top of the newsletter is the answer from Carly's question: "What could a doctor do differently to make you feel more open to asking for help?" 

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