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PATH's webpage features an introduction to human trafficking and healthcare, click here to watch informative videos and learn more from the site.

Interested in learning more about PATH leadership and involvement? Here are some ideas of how to get started with our welcome packet.

Medical Legal Partnership

A frequent topic in anti-trafficking advocacy literature is the need for legal aid when providing care to trafficked persons. Clinicians and advocates around the world are recognizing the impact that legal battles have on the health and well-being of trafficked persons. To promote successful healing and recovery, healthcare systems must address the health-harming legal needs that disproportionately affect their patients living in poverty.

Here is an excerpt from the National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships' Toolkit:

"[Medical Legal Partnerships] are defined by their adherence to two key principles. First, healthcare and legal professionals use training, screening and legal care to improve patient and population health. Second, this legal care is integrated into the delivery of healthcare and has deeply engaged health and legal partners at both the front-line and administrative levels.

At the same time, each MLP responds to the unique needs of the population and clinic it serves by deploying its specific resources. It is critical that each burgeoning partnership take the time to assess the need in their local community and how the existing health and legal landscapes meet that need before formalizing a partnership."

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Steps to creating a medical legal partnership:

PHASE I: Laying the Groundwork helps potential partners assess their population’s needs to best position their MLP and assess the local health and legal landscapes to better understand the professional world of their partners.

PHASE II: Building Infrastructure helps partners formalize their relationship in a Memorandum of Understanding and lay out MLP activities and each partner’s responsibilities.

PHASE III: Sustaining and Growing the Partnership helps partners strengthen the integration of services, incorporate more clinic and systemic level legal care, and begin to measure the work of their MLP.

The National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships (NCMLP) has provided the PHASE I toolkit to help interested advocates to create MLPs.

Legal Aide Database:
The NCMLP is just one of several sources for connections to legal groups fighting injustice. PATH has collected a list of legal organizations with a focus on fighting human trafficking.

Here are three groups highlighting legal advocates against human trafficking:


In-Training Site Features Sex Trafficking Series continues with PATH's Advocacy Co-Chair Michelle Lyman

"Human Trafficking, Behind the Scenes"
PATH Spotlight: Searching for Student and Resident Leaders
PATH is looking for enthusiastic leaders across the country. Below are several opportunities to join our growing team of physician and student leaders.

MLP Leaders: We are seeking to foster local Medical Legal Partnerships with hospitals, healthcare centers, and local/ national aid agencies. If you are interested in establishing an MLP, PATH would like to help! Please e-mail our PATH Leaders, Michelle Lyman and Carmen Hans for more information on how to establish an MLP in your area.

Train the Trainee Assistant Event Coordinator:
PATH will be hosting training seminars in several cities around the USA and we are seeking organized students with excellent communication skills to help coordinate these events. If you are an interest resident living of Chicago or New York City, e-mail Michelle Lyman for more details on our upcoming seminars.

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