Tuesday, April 18, 2017

National Partnership for Action

Are you interested in learning more about cultural competency and utilizing cultural competency resources?
The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide in fall 2015. This guide is comprised of resources, trainers, institutions, and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders, and partners to help address cultural barriers with healthcare systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the Council develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit http://region4.npa-rhec.org/in-the-spotlight/resourceguidewhitepaper.
To follow up with the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will host four webinars in various regions of the country.  The webinars will include speakers from organizations that focus on cultural competency.  Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:
  1. Identify human trafficking victimization;
  2. Describe the intersectionality of social determinants and human trafficking;
  3. Explain the importance of trauma-informed care through a cultural competency lens;
  4. Discuss best practices for multidisciplinary and collaborative partnerships; and
  5. Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools.
During this webinar, Sunny Slaughter will share her trademark presentation, "Marginalized. Masked. Missed.™", a discussion on addressing human trafficking victimization through a cultural competency lens.
DATE: April 27, 2017
TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
 Lynette M. Gibson, Associate Professor and Director of Research in Nursing, University of South Carolina Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing
Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter, CEO and Principal Consultant, Sunny Slaughter Consulting, and Co-Chair of Violence as a Public Health Issue Committee, SHEC (Region IV)
Sunny Slaughter, LLC provides training, subject matter expertise and consulting on business and crime and safety. Ms. Slaughter offers over 30 years of executive leadership as a policy strategist, facilitator, law enforcement instructor, expert, and TEDx speaker. For the past decade, she has focused on the complexity of human trafficking schemes and the intersectionality of social determinants and the importance of responsive and responsible delivery of care through a cultural competency lens.
The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) is one of 10 regional health equity councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners and stakeholders that are committed to action. SHEC is a coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. SHEC envisions a region free of disparities in health and healthcare, where all people attain the highest level of health. Visit SHEC’s website for more information: http://region4.npa-rhec.org/

1 If the registration link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your web browser. For webinar-specific questions, contact the moderator at alang@explorepsa.com.

Thanks to Dr. Kaliski for sharing this info. with us!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Actor Ashton Kutcher is the Human Rights First President, and he testified at a Senate Foreign relations Committee hearing in efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking. Please watch the video of Kutcher delivering a moving speech regarding his experiences with trafficking victims, and all the initiatives he is promoting to end slavery once and for all.  

Thanks to Dr. Saxton-Ruiz for informing us about this site.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Fighting Against Organ Trafficking

After a conference on organ trafficking at the Vatican Feb. 7-8, participants signed a statement agreeing to unite in fighting the crime of organ trafficking – submitting 11 proposals for implementation by healthcare and law enforcement professionals around the world.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Airline Ambassadors International has been training airline workers to recognize and help victims of human trafficking.

Please check out this link,
To learn more about Alaska Airlines flight attendant Shelia Fedrick's heroic efforts to save one young passenger from the horrors of human trafficking.

Thanks to Dr. Saxton-Ruiz for informing us about this site.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dr. Craig McCarron has informed us about a connecting service called “Seeking Arrangements,” that connects young college women with wealthy older men. These young women are lured into the escort business as a way to pay for their college tuition. Unfortunately, this is happening in our backyard, 35% of the girls who attend UTSA have signed up to be part of the escort service. Please inform others about the dangers this service is causing. No amount of money is worth losing one’s human dignity and being trapped into being a personal “slave." 

If you Google “seeking arrangements”, you will find a flood of these “news” stories.  It’s a marketing scheme where they provide “stories” to periodicals read by college-age women and then trick them.  Examples:
In popular couture, it’s seeping in through this movie and cable series spin-off:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month.

We were called to be light-bearers, to shine some much needed light onto those suffering from human slavery in today's world.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

What happens if the US does not sign the TPP

I know most of us have not read or thoroughly understand exactly what the TPP involves but it does include pieces that set standards for wages, the environment, human rights, and human trafficking.  These standards are all United States standards.  If we do not sign the TPP, China has already started working on a trade agreement that does not include the United States and would not change or improve these standards.  It will create a power vacuum in Asia that China will happily fill without the United States presences.  This was presented on a radio show right before Thanksgiving.  Below is the link for the radio show.  I found it very fascinating as I did not know the piece about human trafficking was included.