Human trafficking is a global problem, and healthcare professionals are in a unique position to help identify and assist this vulnerable population.

Late last week, 29 people were arrested and 15 people were freed in a human trafficking ring operating in the southeastern United States.

The upcoming AHC Media webinar “Human Trafficking in Healthcare: Awareness and Combating” will explain the scope of this problem as well as chief complaints and presentations to look for in possible human trafficking victims who may present to the healthcare system. The educational presentation will also discuss available resources to assist these patients.

The speaker for this event is Dr. Pinaki Mukherji, who recently wrote a clinical monograph about recognizing potential victims of human trafficking in the emergency department for Emergency Medicine Reports. Dr. Mukherji has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, is a board-certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine physician, and is the current program director of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

The Hospital Report blog also recently discussed the topic of human trafficking.

Visit here for more details about the upcoming webinar and how to participate.