Training: Role of EMS in ending human trafficking

Jan. 25 EMS Focus Webinar to be presented by representatives of the Blue Campaign

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are impacted by human trafficking in the U.S. every year. EMS providers can play a critical role in identifying key indicators and potentially saving lives with proper training and resources.

Register now for the Jan. 25 EMS Focus Webinar presented by NHTSA’s Office of EMS and representatives of The Blue Campaign to End Human Trafficking. The presentation is in honor of January as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The Blue Campaign is the Department of Homeland Security’s national effort to raise public awareness, train EMS and law enforcement, protect victims and bring traffickers to justice.

"Human trafficking is an awful crime that affects millions of people around the world," said John Marshall, interim director of the NHTSA Office of EMS. "The Blue Campaign is an important initiative to protect individuals’ right to freedom. The EMS community has a crucial role to play in identifying victims and taking appropriate steps at the scene."

Leaders of the Blue Campaign, including a former prosecutor of human trafficking cases, will:

  • Describe how to recognize potential human trafficking victims
  • Identify steps EMS providers should take on the scene
  • Share a new video and other training materials made specifically for EMS providers and local agencies

The webinar will feature Kathryn Brinsfield, MD, MPH, assistant secretary for Health Affairs and chief medical officer for the Department of Homeland Security, and Scott Santoro, Blue Campaign training advisor.

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