Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
July 25, 2014
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Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins Emergency Medicine Personnel to Identify and Help Stop Human Trafficking

ORLANDO, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi is dedicated to making Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking and today advanced her mission by joining emergency medicine personnel to announce a unique partnership that equips emergency medicine personnel with key information about human trafficking. Attorney General Bondi was joined by members of the Florida Association of EMS Medical Directors, the Florida College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center, the Medical Director of the Orange County EMS System, and the Orange County Undersheriff to share the Human Trafficking Overview for Emergency Medicine Personnel specifically designed for personnel responding to or assisting during an emergency, so that victims of human trafficking can be better identified and assisted in the early stages of receiving emergency medical care. According to the Family Violence Prevention Fund, “28 percent of trafficking survivors in one study said they came into contact with a healthcare provider during the trafficking situation, and were not recognized.”

“In order to effectively combat human trafficking, we must engage every Floridian who may come into contact with a victim and be in a position to assist that person and help hold the perpetrator accountable. Medical treatment during an emergency may be one of the few opportunities that emergency medical personnel have a chance to help save a human trafficking victim, and I am grateful to work with the emergency medicine community to share information that will help save lives,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

“Emergency care providers are at the front line to help to identify possible victims of human trafficking. We really want to work collaboratively to help these victims and hopefully end this terrible abuse of children, men and women,” stated Beth Brunner, CAE; EMLRC CEO/FCEP Executive Director.

The Human Trafficking Overview for Emergency Medicine Personnel includes: an introduction, important facts, general indicators of trafficking, common health care indicators of trafficking, potential indicators of sex trafficking, potential indicators of labor trafficking, example rapid assessment questions, and recommended courses of action in suspected cases of trafficking.
In order to create the overview, Attorney General Pam Bondi convened a working group consisting of the following: Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office, Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights Director Terry Coonan, the Florida Association of EMS Medical Directors, the Florida College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Medicine and Learning Resource Center.

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, there are 27 million people enslaved worldwide. In 2013, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center ranked Florida 3rd in the number of calls received by the center’s human trafficking hotline. Victims of human trafficking include children, women and men who are subjected to sexual exploitation or forced labor through force, fraud or coercion. For more on Attorney General Pam Bondi’s efforts to stop human trafficking, click here.

To view the Human Trafficking Overview for Emergency Medicine Personnel, follow this link:$file/HumanTraffickingOverview.pdf