AMWA's Physicians Against Trafficking of Humans
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Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2018

January marks Human Trafficking Prevention with February 1st closing out the month as National Freedom Day.

This year PATH/AMWA will increase our efforts to raise awareness and equip healthcare professionals with the skills they need to care for trafficked persons. To mark this important month, this newsletter will be a two part series on news in anti-trafficking advocacy.

Part 1: Looking back on 2017
- Human trafficking and the opioid epidemic
- Our political environment: How congressional disputes over insurance affect trafficked persons

Part 2: Moving Forward
-Human Trafficking and Medical Education
- What can I do? Steps for creating change

We want to hear from you!
How are you working to prevent human trafficking? PATH wants to hear about your work and share your accomplishments in our next newsletter. E-mail Michelle Lyman at with pictures and a brief write-up of any anti-trafficking work you've done in your school, clinic, or city.

Coming to a City Near You-
Register now!

The SUSTAIN series is expanding to several cities around the United States in 2018. See below for dates and locations:

 Philadelphia, PA: Jan. 20th
 8AM-4PM at Connelly Auitorium
 Hamilton Building

 Click here for the link to register

Honolulu, HI: Feb. 10, 2018
Philadelphia, PA: Mar 25, 2018
Houston, TX: Spring 2018 TBD

If you are interested in attending any of these SUSTAIN events, please e-mail Michelle Lyman at for more information on registration and travel scholarships.

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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Human Trafficking and the Opioid Epidemic
The past year saw a surge in reports on fatal over-doses and rising addiction rates in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse cites that every day, 90 Americans over-dose on opioids, which includes substances such as pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentayl.

Trafficked persons are not immune from this epidemic, but instead opioids are often a part of the manipulation and exploitation of trafficking. An added obstacle is lack of addiction treatment services available.

Three articles and book chapters that investigated the intersection between trafficking and addiction are provided below:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families interviewed Dr. Hanni Stoklosa on opioid abuse and trafficked persons. Click here for the interview.

Glamour magazine published an 11 part series on women and opioid use, including a section on sex trafficking for opioids. The article provides stories of those lost to addiction and those who have survived, click here for the article.

PATH's very own Dr. Titchen her clinical experience with "Case of a Girl with Chronic Abdominal Pain, Frequent Emergency Room Visits, and Opioid Abuse" which was published in Adolescent Gynecology: A Clinical Casebook.

Our Political Environment
For many political advocates, 2017 was a year of calling and writing to our congressmen and women. There were heated debates and unexpected votes on the healthcare bill. One topic that anti-trafficking advocates were concerned about were the effects that cutting medicaid would have on providing care and services for trafficked persons.

Survivor centered articles, such as this one, demonstrate how difficult recovering from trafficking health consequences can be with limited access to resources and care.

Leaders at HEAL Trafficking wrote to members of congress, with provider testimony to express how important medicaid is to providing medical treatment to trafficked persons. Read the letter here.

PATH Spotlight: Your Chance to Welcome New PATH Physician Chairs
AMWA PATH would like to shine a spotlight on our two newest physician chairs, such as the interview featured above. We are calling for student members interested in an opportunity to interview  Dr. Mollie Gordon, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.

Please e-mail Michelle Lyman at if you would like to interview and write a spotlight piece on Dr. Gordon.
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