AMBER Alert Webinar Series

AMBER Alert's webinars bring together state, local, and tribal subject matter experts to present and discuss critical issues related to missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. Law enforcement and child protection professionals will benefit from information regarding important first response, investigative and multi-agency efforts to swiftly and effectively handle cases of missing and abducted children.

To address the significant problem of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, subject matter experts will identify prevalent types of victimization, risk factors for victimization and signs of possible exploitation among children. Presenters also include trafficking survivors and victim advocates who share their stories and perspectives on developing victim-centered responses in an effort to more effectively serve and support child victims.

Through these webinars, AMBER Alert works to increase collaboration between state, local and tribal communities in combating the problems of missing, abducted and exploited children in order to develop strengthened agency and collaborative responses, and to effectively address the needs of victims.

Upcoming Webinars:

Human Trafficking: Identifying & Responding to Victims in the Healthcare Setting

June 7, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

About this Webinar

A 2017 survey report from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) found that over half of labor and sex trafficking survivors surveyed had accessed health care at least once while being trafficked. Nearly 97% indicated they had never been provided with information or resources about human trafficking while visiting the health care provider. This webinar will present strategies to equip healthcare professionals to identify and appropriately assist trafficked persons with victim-centered, trauma-informed care and services.

  1. Identify best practices to recognize and communicate with trafficked persons in the healthcare setting.
  2. Identify strategies to improve healthcare responses through education and staff training.
  3. Discuss appropriate strategies for coordinating with law enforcement and victim service providers.

Presenter Bio

Holly Austin Gibbs, Director of Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking Response Program, a survivor of child sex trafficking and an activist against all forms of human trafficking. In her role as Director of Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking Response Program, Holly oversees efforts to recognize and respond to vulnerable and trafficked persons in the healthcare setting. Holly has testified before Congress and consulted for numerous organizations, including the Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Victims of Crime, and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She is requested on a regular basis to provide testimony and input to law enforcement officials, legislators, social service providers, human trafficking task forces, and journalists. In 2014, Holly published an academic book titled Walking Prey: How America's Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery.

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