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Nursing honor society to focus on nurse’s role in caring for human trafficking victims

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, Phi Tau Chapter, will present its Fall Educational Forum at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on Thomas University’s Main Campus.

During the forum, Dr. Eleanor Hall, Assistant Professor of Nursing at TU, will present “A Nurse’s Role in Caring for Victims of Human Trafficking.”

“Nurses may be the first person a victim of human trafficking may come in contact with,” Hall said. “For instance, often he or she may seek medical help for some illness or injury related to the ‘job.’ Furthermore, in recent years a number of laws have been enacted at the federal and state level to help prevent human trafficking, increase prosecution of human traffickers, and protect victims by providing benefits and services that will help them rebuild their lives in the U.S. Nurses should be aware of these laws in order to know how to provide help and guide victims as well as how to take action.”

Hall explained that the signs of human trafficking are not always obvious.

“The physical signs and symptoms of victims of human trafficking can closely mimic victims of domestic abuse,” she said. “Nurses need to be able to look beneath the surface and recognize some key identifiers of victims of human trafficking that they may come across.”

In addition to nurses, other healthcare professionals, social workers, counselors and educators are encouraged to attend.

“Even though the recent cases of human trafficking in the Southwest Georgia region were identified through a proxy website, there are groups of people at risk, such as undocumented immigrants, runaway/homeless youth, oppressed, marginalized, and/or impoverished groups or individuals with which we may come in contact,” Hall said.

Attendees will receive one Nursing continuing education unit. For more information or to RSVP, contact Anna Crowder at 229-227-6904 or acrowder@thomasu.edu.

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