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Telehealth and Human Trafficking

Join us for this live webinar event
March 21, 2023 -- 1:00-2:30pm Eastern Daylight
1.5 CE Credits available for behavioral health clinicians

Human trafficking is an egregious human rights violation that impacts vulnerable persons worldwide. The International Labor Organization estimates there is over 50 million persons worldwide who are victims of trafficking. The COVID 19 pandemic increased access to exploiting vulnerable populations and led to a rise in human trafficking. Addressing human trafficking has focused on prosecution and legislative models at the exclusion of public health interventions. The BCM Anti Human Trafficking program was developed to build a public health response to trafficking where an estimated 313,000 persons are trafficked in the state of Texas alone.

The demand for a rapid shift to a telehealth platform during covid 19 offered an improved opportunity to train healthcare providers in human trafficking after the passage of the Texas SB 2059 in 2019, which requires healthcare providers to obtain an hour of training in human trafficking. The training improved identification and referrals to a trauma informed human trafficking survivors program where patients could be seen individually and in groups via telehealth. We have been able to conduct research meetings and team writing meetings via telehealth as well as advocate locally and internationally via telehealth platforms.

Registration for "Telehealth and Human Trafficking" can be made by one of two methods:

  • Enroll in the single live event
  • Enroll in the three-day Summit 2023 and receive access to this webinar and seven others and earn up to 16 CE credits
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Mollie Gordon

Dr. Mollie Gordon is an Associate Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed medical school and residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis. She is clinical faculty, the Associate Director of the inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Ben Taub Hospital and supervises residents, medical students and a team of interdisciplinary providers. She cares for adults with acute exacerbations of chronic mental illness, many of whom are vulnerable and marginalized.

Her research background is in pharmacokinetics of dopamine dependent disease pathways, and the trauma of individuals who suffer from these conditions. She has worked with survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to reintegrate them back into the workplace. In 2016 she participated in the development of the first fellowship in the mental health impacts of human trafficking at an academic medical center where she is Medical Director of this program. She is a co-chair of the American Medical Women’s Association – Physicians against the Trafficking of Humans where she leads train the trainer workshops nationally. She is on the HEAL trafficking speakers bureau, has testified for the national advisory council for the office of trafficking in persons, and lectures at national meetings on human trafficking.

Recently she founded BCM division of global mental health to treat survivors of torture, trafficking and mass violence atrocities. She has published numerous papers in the field, edited a book in the space, and won numerous awards for her work.

You can find Dr. Gordon here

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