Costa Mesa, CA, July 14, 2015 – The Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) and Global Centurion are pleased to host an event discussing the health effects of human trafficking. The event, which is by invitation only, will take place on Monday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall at Vanguard University.
In a recent survey, over 150 survivors indicated that they experienced serious physical and mental health problems while being trafficked. These issues included illness, serious communicable and other diseases, injuries resulting from violence, substance abuse, and a wide range of reproductive health issues.
“Providers have unique opportunities to intervene on behalf of victims, and by doing so the medical community can play a vital role in eradicating modern day slavery,” said Dr. Laura Lederer, president of Global Centurion Foundation. Lederer and Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the GCWJ, will both be facilitating the roundtable discussion.
Most health care providers lack training in human trafficking and are ill equipped to identify, assess and treat potential victims. A majority of survivors (87.8%) indicated that they sought healthcare at some point during the time they were trafficked. Victims sought care at hospital emergency wards, urgent care clinics, neighborhood clinics, women’s clinics, Planned Parenthood clinics, and primary care practitioners. Many providers were unaware of the fact that they were treating a trafficking victim.
This roundtable discussion will launch an ongoing conversation about healthcare issues and provide a space to have candid discussion about how to help the healthcare sector identify human trafficking victims. Attendees to the event include lead physicians, deputy coroner, health and wellness coordinators, nursing and clinical professors, and emergency care workers, to name a few.
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ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE
The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit http://gcwj.vanguard.edu
ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu