Human Trafficking Symposium

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Save the date!

DPSS will co-host a symposium on human trafficking together with the Michigan Medicine Department of Care Management on April 25 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in Kahn Auditorium in the Biomedical Science Research Building.

Attendees will gain an overview of what human trafficking is and how they can help victims that they may encounter in their field of practice, with a particular emphasis on healthcare settings. We will explore the root causes of human trafficking and our role in perpetuating and combating the underlying causes. We will take a critical perspective on what it means to help a victim of trafficking and well-meaning interventions, which may unwittingly cause the individual’s arrest or deportation. Further, we will examine guiding principles for successful engagement with this population, including trauma-informed care, cultural awareness, and harm reduction. Finally, we will hear about local resources that providers can use if they suspect a client is a victim of human trafficking.

Speakers and panelist include:

  • Elizabeth Campbell, J.D.;  University of Michigan Law School, Human Trafficking Clinic
  • Nicole McGee, Ph.D.; Victim Assistance Program, FBI
  • Wendi-Jo Wendt, MD; Michigan Medicine, Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine
  • Carmen Uresti, LMSW; Michigan Medicine, Care Management, Social Work
  • Kaitlin Deslatte, University of Michigan Police Department, Special Victims Unit

There will be no cost to attend; however, we would appreciate if you would please register in advance.

We ask participants to arrive at 11:30 for sign-in.

Social Work and Nursing continuing education credits will be offered.

Please contact if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!