15th Annual Research Symposium

Child Trafficking: Issues and Challenges

Monday, April 6, 2020 | 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Mercy College of Health Sciences  | 
Sullivan Center - Room 102

 

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Join Mercy College of Health Sciences for the 15th Annual Research Symposium and dive deep into the issues surrounding, and challenges to professionals, working on the issue of child trafficking. Legal, public health, and trauma-informed perspectives on child trafficking will be explored.  Industry leaders from the Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking in Atlanta, Georgia, the Iowa Department of Justice and the Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids will speak, present research, and facilitate learning activities. 

Participants will be able to describe key issues and challenges of child trafficking in the United States and in Iowa, encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, investigation and treatment of exploited children and the implications for the larger community.
 


Attend

Save your seat and register to attend the free event on Monday, April 6, 2020.


 


Participate

Submit a poster abstract and choose one of the three categories in the submission form as part of your abstract submission. If you don’t see a relevant category, please choose the category that is most closely aligned with your research topic.

Abstracts will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Research (Includes experimental, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies. May include quality improvement and evaluation studies.)
  • Literature Review (Summary of the expert and scholarly literature on a child trafficking related topic or issue)
  • Experiential (Includes reflections on, descriptions of, or outcomes of preceptorships, service learning, or clinical experiences.)

All poster abstracts submitted will be accepted and included in the meeting program, provided the presenting author has also registered for the conference. The presenting author will be notified of their poster board number by April 1st.

Research poster awards are available for each of the three categories listed above. Students are encouraged to participate. Deadline to enter is March 31, 2020.
 

 


Agenda

11:30 am - 11:45 am                                                                                                                 Poster Setup
 
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Registration and Poster Viewing
 
12:30 pm - 12:35 pm

Welcome: Dr. Doug Fiore, President, Mercy College of Health Sciences
 

12:35 pm - 1:25 pm          

Significantly Reducing the Incidence of the Trafficking of Children in Iowa for Commercial Sex: The Law and Enforcement as Part of an Holistic Approach | Stephen Patrick O'Meara, JD
 

1:25 pm - 1:45 pm Break and Poster Viewing
 
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Keynote: Child Trafficking in the United States: A public health approach to combatting exploitation | Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, MD
 

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm  Break and Poster Viewing
 
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Child Trafficking Survivors: A Trauma-Informed Approach and Case Studies | Teresa Davidson, ARNP, MSN, MA
 

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Speaker Panel Q&A
 

 


Speakers


Stephen Patrick O’Meara, JD

Past coordinator of the Federal Southern District of Iowa Project Safe Childhood; past human trafficking enforcement coordinator for the Southern District of Iowa; past prosecutor for the FBI-led Omaha Child Exploitation Task Force; co-founder and past co-coordinator of the multi-disciplinary Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force; author of the Nebraska strategic plan against human trafficking; past-president/board member and current resource person for the Coalition On Human Trafficking (Omaha, Nebraska); board member-emeritus and current resource person for the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery.

Stephen Patrick O’Meara served as an Assistant Iowa Attorney General, a County Attorney in Iowa (11 years), an Assistant United States Attorney with duty-stations in Nebraska and Iowa (25 years, including serving as interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa), with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, and in private practice in Iowa and Nebraska. He augmented his practice with graduate study in social work and public administration, and service as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the then Iowa Department of Social Services. He has served as a major case litigator and as a strategic-programs developer and coordinator, emphasizing child abuse and neglect, mental health, organizedcrime drug trafficking and violent crime, terrorism, and, since 2007, human trafficking. In addition to his litigation practice and program development, he has taught in law school and undergraduate colleges, and has been a frequent trainer/speaker in Iowa, Nebraska, and elsewhere.

At the end of the presentation, Significantly Reducing the Incidence of the Trafficking of Children in Iowa for Commercial Sex: The Law and Enforcement as Part of an Holistic Approach, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe sex trafficking, including the system-nature of sex trafficking and its scope of victimization.
     
  2. Explain the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and the causation and proof of victimization in sex trafficking; including resulting implications for training, investigation, prosecution, and the comparative advantage of an integrated, multi-disciplinary response to sex trafficking.
     
  3. Describe the beginnings of implementation of civil law remedies regarding sex trafficking, including potential implications for health care providers and others.

 

Dr. Jordan Greenbaum

Medical Director, Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking; Medical Director, Global Child Health and Well-Being Initiative, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

Dr. Greenbaum is a child abuse physician.  She is the medical director of the Global Health and Well-being Initiative with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and Medical Director of the Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking at the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Her research focuses on barriers to healthcare access experienced by trafficked persons, and the design and validation of a screening tool for identifying youth at risk for trafficking/sexual exploitation.  She provides training internationally on child sexual abuse, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

At the end of the presentation, Child Trafficking in the United States: A public health approach to combatting exploitation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe vulnerability factors related to child trafficking.
     
  2. Be familiar with the public health approach to human trafficking and exploitation
     
  3. Be familiar with trauma-informed strategies for interacting with trafficked children and youth.


Teresa Davidson, ARNP, MSN, MA

Co-Founder/President, Chains Interrupted, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Mercy Medical Center (Cedar Rapids).

Ms. Davidson is a Pediatric/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with 33 years of medical experience. She is the Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator at Mercy Medical Center. As a co-founder and current president of Chains Interrupted, Teresa has researched and worked in the anti-human trafficking field for the last 5 years. She is a seasoned and sought-after speaker, passionate about fighting human trafficking here in the US and in developing nations. Recently, she was recommended by Senator Grassley and appointed by President Trump to serve on the President Trump’s newly-created Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking.

At the end of the presentation, Child Trafficking Survivors: A Trauma-Informed Approach and Case Studies, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three interventions that could potentially retraumatize a victim of human trafficking.
     
  2. Explain at least three interventions that are trauma-Informed and victim-centered.
     
  3. Recall what happens in the brain when trauma occurs.
     
  4. Describe real-life experiences of people who have been victimized by human trafficking.

 


Organizing Committee

Victor Babich, PhD, Assistant Professor of General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences

Aleyna Follett, Chemical Hygiene Officer, Mercy College Laboratory Assistant

Glenda Gallisath, PhD, Academic Dean

Nancy Kertz, PhD, APRN, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Linda Knowles, Academic Assistant

Jeannine Matz, PhD, Program Chair, General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences

Joan McCleish, RN, PhD, Professor, School of Nursing

Joseph Moravec, DMin, Professor, General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences

Truc Nguyen, PhD, Chair, Professor, General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences

Corrine Reyes, Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Steidl, PhD, Assistant Professor, General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences

Joelle Stolte, PhD, MPH, Program Chair, Public Health

Jennie Ver Steeg, MA, MS, MLIS, Director of Library and Media Services

Julie Weldon, MSN, RN, Adjunct Faculty, General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences

 


Past Conferences

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Questions

For questions, please contact Linda Knowles at lknowles@mercydesmoines.org or 515-643-6760.