44 documents were used composed of 19 primary studies and 9 exclusively addressing children. Key indicators included signs of physical and sexual abuse, presence of a controlling companion, and absence of documentation. Themes of cultural sensitivity, comprehensive needs assessment, and trauma informed approaches were again identified. Overall evidence is extremely limited. See Table 1 for a synthesis of recommendations
The authors conclude with the assertion that healthcare professionals will likely need to be the hub of a multi-disciplinary network of support as they are often a possible entry point for survivors. Further research is needed to refine screening tools and provide evidence regarding the effectiveness of training programs for professionals and other systems of care.
A Bronx Tale: AMWA Region 2 meeting at Albert Einstein SOM features PATH speaker Kanani Titchen
On Sunday November 6th, Region 2 (NY/NJ) of the AMWA Student Division held their annual conference at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Kanani Titchen, one of PATH's Co-Chairs, gave a powerful and educational speech on sex trafficking as one of the conference’s distinguished speakers. She spoke to over 50 medical students from across NY and NJ, sharing her expertise and providing information on ways for students to get more involved with the efforts to stop human sex trafficking in the United States. For more information about the Region 2 conference please contact Hilary Friedlander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo and blurb contributed Hilary Frieldander