AMWA's Physicians Against Trafficking of Humans
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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.

"Protect the Progress We've Made"

In 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was created and has since become one of the most important anti-trafficking legislation in the United States. This legislation not only provides the legal definition for trafficking, but also the foundation for survivor and victim advocacy efforts. 

Now, 17 years later, TVPA is due for re-authorization. In July, the House of Representatives voted for and passed the re-authorization. Next comes a vote in the Senate.

National organizations such as Polaris Project are asking you to let your senators know how crucial TVPA is to anti-trafficking advocacy. Through their page, Act Now, Polaris makes writing a letter to your senators effortless.

Click the link to create a statement of support for the TVPA through Polaris Project. If you would rather call in or send additional letters of support, National Priorities provides the phone numbers and addresses of your senators.

Providence, Rhode Island
Dr. Julia Geynisman-Tan, one of our new physician chairs, will be giving a 1 hour round-table talk on the Gynecologist's Role in identifying and Responding to Trafficking at the American Urogyn Society Meeting.
The talk is scheduled from 6:45-7:45am on October 5th. 

If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Michelle Lyman at for more details on the conference's location.

About the 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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Coming to a City Near You

PATH is happy to announce new training events in the train the trainer series, Stand Up to Sex Trafficking: Awareness, Implementation, and Networking (SUSTAIN). After a very successful first event in New York City, the series is expanding to several cities around the United States. See below for dates and locations for 2017-2018.

    Chicago, IL: Sept. 30th, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA: Jan. 20th, 2018
    Honolulu, HI: Feb. 10th 2018
    Houston, TX: Spring 2018 TBD

Chicago registration is now open! Click here to sign up for the event.


Members Wanted

If you have experience with website development or event management, there are several opportunities with PATH. We are seeking students and residents interested in advocacy, education, and research on the intersection of healthcare and human trafficking. 

Whatever experience or training you might have, e-mail us to find out how you can become an active member of PATH.

PATH Spotlight: Your Chance to Welcome New Physician Chairs
AMWA PATH would like to shine a spotlight on our two newest physician chairs. We are calling for student members interested in interviewing either Dr. Mollie Gordon (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine) or Dr. Geynisman-Tan (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine).

Please e-mail Michelle Lyman at if you would like to interview and write a spotlight piece for either physician leader.
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