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    Identifying and responding to human trafficing and intimate partner violence
    Phot of the Presenters for the seminar

    Presenters for the seminar (left to right): Amanda Brosnan - Tarrant County Public Health (moderating); LaTasha Jackson-McDougle - Cheryl's Voice; Dr. Gary Kesling - Tarrant County Public Health; Jessica Peck - NapnapPartners for Vulnerable Youth; Heather Scroggins - JPS Health Network; Mary Ann Contreras - JPS Health Network; Sergeant Tyler Stillman - Bedford Police Department; Shannon Wolf - Trauma Bonds; Officer Heather Rivard - Fort Worth Police Department; Julia Walsh - Unbound; Susan Blume - Texas Health Resources HEB.



    On Thursday, November 14, 2019, the "Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking and Intimate Partner Violence in Healthcare" seminar took place on the campus of Texas Christian University.

    The seminar examined human trafficking and intimate partner violence from a healthcare and public health perspective, and included information on how to identify, communicate with and provide resources for potential victims.

    Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks welcomed attendees to the seminar and shared a state proclamation regarding human trafficking and intimate partner violence.

    Review this Seminar Agenda for a full list of speakers and their topics.


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    Speaker quotes

    Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks

    Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks

    "...the 86th Legislature of the State of Texas has recognized human trafficking as a public health issue."

    Ft Worth Police Officer Hannah Rivard

    Fort Worth Police Officer Hannah Rivard:

    "...victims don't always see themselves as being trafficked..."

    Susan Blume

    Susan Blume:

    "...victims develop a wide range of coping mechanisms...they've been isolated and have a lot of fear..."

    Jessica Peck

    Jessica Peck: 

    "Trafficking is the secong largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world..."

    Intimate Partner Violence Survivor LaTasha Jackson-McDougle

    Intimate Partner Violence Survivor LaTasha Jackson-McDougle:

    "Intimate partner violence and human trafficking are not consentual. Neither is voluntary!"

    Mary Ann Contreras

    Mary Ann Contreras:

    "Abusers require control..."

    Tarrant County Health Authority Dr Catherine Colquitt

    Tarrant County Health Authority, Dr. Catherine Colquitt:

    "Human trafficking and intimate partner violence often overlap, can be difficult to recognize during routine clinical encounters, and require us to ask some difficult questions, for example “Is anyone asking you to do something you don’t want to do?”

    Bedford Police Sergeant Tyler Stillman

    Bedford Police Sergeant Tyler Stillman:

    "Trafficers are very savvy and know how to access kids and build relationships with them..."

    Shannon Wolf

    Shannon Wolf:

    "Isolation is the number one red flag that leads to victimization..."

    Human Trafficking Survivor Julia Walsh

    Human Trafficking Survivor Julia Walsh (no link provided) :

    "If you don't ask the right questions, or if you convey judgement, the victim won't be open to or trust you..."

    Heather Scroggins

    Heather Scroggins: 

    "Nurses are ideally positioned to spot, identify and care for victims..."

    Dr. Gary Kesling

    Dr. Gary Kesling:

    "It's important to share this information community-wide..."

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    Agencies that can help victims

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    Please feel free to print these materials:

    Resource Booklet

    Seminar slides

    Full accreditation statements can be found here.
    This education activity was provided by JPS Health Network and Tarrant County Public Health. JPS Health Network is an approved provider with commendation of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    Target Audience:
    Healthcare and public health professionals in all capacities (from front door to discharge), and anyone who may interact with potential victims of human trafficking and intimate partner violence when they seek health services, were invited to attend.


    For more information, call or email:

    Danielle Carlton--    817-321-4952



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