An overview of the prevalence of and risk factors for human trafficking and why we should consider human trafficking a public health issue. We will then discuss how to identify signs of human trafficking and how to intervene.
Julia Geynisman-Tan is a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. During her residency at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell, she founded the Survivor Clinic of New York City, a dedicated clinic for women who had experienced sexual violence, including trafficking, female genital mutilation, and torture in war. In order to establish this clinic, Dr. Geynisman-Tan secured grant funding from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and established partnerships with dozens of social services organizations and governmental agencies in New York City to serve their clients. During this time, she served on the board of the HEAL Trafficking Network, a national organization of health providers working on anti-trafficking efforts. Now in Chicago, she has started the ERASE Clinic, a multidisciplinary medical home for survivors of trafficking. She is currently a co-chair of the American Women’s Medical Association Physicians Against Trafficking of Humans Committee and serves on the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force as well as its Healthcare Subcommittee. She is on the American Hospital Association Task Force Against Human Trafficking. Dr. Geynisman-Tan has trained hundreds of health professionals on identifying and responding to trafficking in healthcare settings.