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AMWA PATH Newsletter
December 7th, 2020

Table of Contents

  • COVID-19 and Trafficking
  • Education Events
  • Student Spotlight
  • Committee Updates
  • About the Newsletter
Updates can be forwarded to for inclusion in future newsletters. 

COVID-19 and Trafficking

As the caseload for COVID-19 continues to rise, we are reminded of the need to prioritize both mental and physical health. Past experience has shown that rates of domestic violence and human trafficking increase in national crises, and although these effects are still being quantified in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, many risk factors for interpersonal violence have been compounded. For example, access to healthcare for non COVID-19 related medical issues, including both physical and mental health, may be limited at this time due to strain on the hospital system as well as the limitations of quarantine and social distance. 

Additionally, this has also been an incredibly stressful time for healthcare providers and we must be aware of the cost and consequences of burnout. Take the time to prioritize your own physical, mental, and emotional health, ensuring that you are able to care for patients to the best of your ability!

Education Events

In October, AMWA-PATH transitioned the LIFT curriculum to a virtual format and trained over 150 healthcare providers in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. 

The LIFT Coordinators will be working to reschedule events that were previously cancelled due to the pandemic for early 2021; if you would like to request a training, please submit a request detailing your location, intended audience, and proposed dates to Please note that events may take up to three months to plan. 


Student Spotlight

Emily is a fourth year medical student at Rocky Vista University, Southern Utah campus, and the Chair for AMWA-PATH's Research Committee. She is dedicated to strengthening anti-trafficking efforts in her local area through education and nationally through research. Her other major interest is Bariatric & Lifestyle Medicine and, as a naval officer, she hopes to match into a Navy Internal Medicine residency in a few short months. In her free time, she enjoys uniquely beautiful red rock, mountains, multiple national parks and, by extension great hiking.

Committee Updates

The Research Committee is led by Emily Anderson and Sneha Aidasani, with monthly meetings as the students continue familiarize with the body of literature pertaining to human trafficking. They are interested in your experience caring for patients who require critical ancillary resources, including those at-risk of human trafficking, during a pandemic. Help them help you with this 4-min survey.

The Education Committee, led by Rachel Anderson, is currently working with PATH physician chair Dr. Vala to create short educational videos on labor trafficking. 

The Advocacy Committee, led by Alison Neely, is working to create infographics on racial disparities both in human trafficking and in prosecution of prostitution as well as compiling a guide with state-by-state local resources for human trafficking victims and survivors.

The Public Relations Committee is led by Rubaya Yeahia and Nicole Segaline, and includes management of the group's recently developed TwitterFacebook, and Instagram platforms. The group hopes to further develop PATH's social media platform by expanding to LinkedIn this upcoming month. 

The Fundraising Committee's virtual 5K is taking place through the end of the month! Click to join the race or purchase an AMWA PATH shirt. If you're interested in supporting AMWA-PATH, you can join the team or Donate Online. Don't forget to submit a photo of your experience running/walking the race for a chance to win a free AMWA PATH sweatshirt!

Sweatshirt you can win for participating in the AMWA PATH virtual 5K!

To join any of the above committees, please email or


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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