Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice

CECE Event: (Dean's Colloquium) Human Trafficking is a Public Health Issue

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Portland Campus (Innovation 104 ), Biddeford Campus (ACHS 205 ), Online
Hanni Stoklosa, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking; Fainess Lipenga, Advisor to the Human Trafficking Legal Center and Survivor Activist. Introduction by Jonathan Millen, Ph.D., Dean, UNE College of Arts and Sciences

Human Trafficking is an often invisible yet insidious public health issue affecting many people in need of advocacy, care, and support. Health professionals are in critical positions to recognize and respond to patients possibly being trafficked. Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, founding CEO of HEAL Trafficking, and Fainess Lipenga, a labor trafficking survivor and Training Advisor at the Human Trafficking Legal Center, in Washington DC will provide much needed insight about the signs and symptoms of trafficking, how to approach victims, discuss unconscious biases that impact successful intervention, and offer a public health/harm reduction approach to developing health system and individual provider responses.

In Person: ACHS 205 (Biddeford Campus), Innovation 104 (Portland Campus)
ZOOM: https://une.zoom.us/j/99598353930
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/universityofnewengland (Interactive opportunity)
Livestream: une.edu/live (Viewing only)

Specific learning objectives:  

  • Identify indicators of human trafficking to improve health care for victims and survivors. 
  • Discuss methods to communicate effectively and implement harm reduction measures with victims. 
  • Describe a public health/harm reduction approach to developing effective health system responses to the growing trafficking problem.

Presented by CECE in collaboration with: Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage (HEAL) Trafficking

Co-Sponsored by: U.S. Attorney’s Office - District of Maine, UNE Office of the Provost, UNE College of Arts and Sciences, UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions, UNE College of Dental Medicine, UNE School of Pharmacy, UNE Online College of Professional Studies

Competencies: Communication, Values and Ethics

Participation can be applied toward students’ IP Honors Distinction application.

Fainess Lipenga is the Training Advisor at the Human Trafficking Legal Center, in Washington DC. She has been an active member of the National Survivor Network since 2013. As a survivor of labor trafficking, she uses her voice and experience to educate the community and raise awareness. Her mission is to prevent other survivors from being re-victimized and to give them hope and courage to heal, become leaders, and achieve their dreams. Prior to her role as Training Advisor, Ms. Lipenga served as a consultant to the Human Trafficking Legal Center for more than five years. Ms. Lipenga has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the challenges survivors face. She has presented to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She has provided training for pro bono lawyers, law students, physicians, law enforcement officials, and federal prosecutors. She has spoken at national conferences and developed expert training materials. Ms. Lipenga serves as a survivor-consultant to the Human Trafficking Legal Center in Washington, DC. In 2019, Ms. Lipenga testified before the Maryland General Assembly to advocate for the passage of the Anti-Exploitation Act. With the help of her testimony, Maryland passed the bill, making labor trafficking an illegal act for the first time in Maryland. Ms. Lipenga is the recipient of the Justice for Victims of Crime Award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Washington, D.C. She believes survivor voices and leadership are essential to advocacy on human trafficking.

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Michelle Cote
UNE Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education