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Welcome to the AMWA PATH Monthly Newsletter.

This is a monthly series in research and advocacy news summaries created by the PATH residents and medical students. Newsletters will feature brief breakdowns on recent scholarly publications and policy changes as well as highlighting PATH member efforts and upcoming events.

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Pub. July 2016 BMC Health Services Research, Hemmings, S. Jakobowitz S. Abas, M. et al


Despite a growing body of research identifying high prevalence of depression, anxiety, and physical sequelae in the trafficking survivor population, as well as policy and guidance documents describing assistance measures, there is still a dearth of evidence-based guidance available. Furthermore research by a health organization in England in regions with high density of human trafficking identify 13% of health care professionals come in contact with someone they suspect to be a victim. 


Literature review was conducted including sixteen biomedical sites and 21 grey literature sites. A four pronged inclusion criteria was used.  Data from screening was analyzed using framework analysis - a “matrix-based method involving the construction of thematic groupings”.


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

Photo and blurb contributed Hilary Frieldander

PATH Spotlight: Guest Contributor Hilary Friedlander
Hilary Friedlander is a third year medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Healthcare Management from Emory University in 2011 and spent the following three years completing her pre-medical post-baccalaureate certificate at Hunter College in New York City. She is the current Region 2 (NY/NJ) Director of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) national student division and past president of Einstein’s AMWA chapter. Her work with AMWA and sex trafficking led to a research project exploring different educational modalities for introducing sex trafficking into medical school curriculum, which was presented at the International Congress of the Medical Women’s International Association this past July in Vienna, Austria. She also serves as Education Co-Chair of the Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) national student division. She plans to pursue a career committed to women’s health.
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