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Human Trafficking Takes the Spotlight in March Training at GVSU

Thursday, March 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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On March 15th, NASW-Michigan (in conjunction with Professor Jamie Langlois and GVSU student Ash Herald,) held a successful training in GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids. The event consisted of a film screening and panel discussion, featuring the award-winning feature length documentary Break the Chain, which addresses Human Trafficking in the United States with a focus on Michigan communities. The film interviews survivors of sex and labor trafficking, researchers, and professionals addressing trafficking, while offering solutions for combatting trafficking in the United States.

 

The panel discussion afterward featured the valuable input of NiKeidra Battle-DeBarge, Coordinator for the Manesseh Project of Wedgwood Christian Services, and Andrea Rocafort MSN, RN, CPEN, TCRN, Hospital Supervisor at Helent DeVos Children’s Hospital. Battle-DeBarge’s many duties in addressing trafficking with the Manesseh Project include training first responders and members of the court regarding Human Trafficking. In addition to Rocafort’s work at the Children’s Hospital, is also a member of the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force. NASW-Michigan’s own Duane Breijak, Director of Membership, served as the panel’s moderator as the panel discussed addressing Human Trafficking in clinical settings and available resources.

 

It is with tremendous gratitude to the panelists, Filmmakers Laura E. Swanson and Kirk Mason, and the Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, that NASW-Michigan and their GVSU liaisons were able to hold such a successful event with approximately 80 attendees. NASW-Michigan hopes to hold similar events in the future to continue preparing social workers for competent practice combatting human trafficking.

 

Duane Breijak, LMSW, NiKeidra Battle-DeBarge, and Andrea Rocafort MSN, RN, CPEN, TCRN discuss human trafficking in Michigan. Photo credit: Grand Valley Lanthorn & Sheila Babbitt’


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