Human trafficking forum informs, educates health care workers

August 1, 2017

Learn more about the growing problem of human trafficking at a daylong seminar for health care professionals coming Thursday, Aug. 24 to Jackson College.

“Stop Human Trafficking” will explore modern-day slavery in America. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Bert Walker Hall Community Rooms 144 & 145. Nurses may attend for continuing education credit – event will count as six nursing CEUs. Speakers will describe how to spot suspected human trafficking, how to help a victim, and legal issues. They include:

  • Crystal Cook, emergency room physician assistant active in the Women at Risk (WAR) program assisting victims and informing the public.
  • Jordan Ginsberg, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana. He has investigated and prosecuted federal trafficking cases, keynote speaker on human trafficking at the University of Chicago.
  • Jerry Jarzynka, prosecuting attorney for Jackson County who leads the Jackson County Human Trafficking Task Force.
  • Rebecca McDonald, Women at Risk, international president, international human trafficking activist.

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Estimates show the U.S. has about 60,000 victims in slavery today.
Cost is $75 per person, which will include lunch, coffee, bagels and afternoon snack. Students with ID may register for $50. The registration form may be found at www.jccmi.edu/humantrafficking.