Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans and Sexual Assault (PATHSA)

PATH/AMWA Online Seminar

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Program Overview

Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans and Sexual Assault (PATHSA) is a CHIP program whose goal is prevention and awareness of both sexual assault and human trafficking. The program is a combination of the former Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) program and national AMWA-led Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH).


How to get involved 

Peer Solutions  
An Arizona-based non-profit organization whose primary prevention techniques address issues such as sexual assault and violence in Phoenix classrooms.  

Each month, medical students will have the opportunity participate in a variety of interactive Peer Solutions programming in various middle and high schools in the Phoenix area.

Monthly PATH-AMWA Webinars
PATH-AMWA is looking forward to participating in monthly webinars that will connect PATH divisions across the country for the purpose of communicating, exploring, and developing PATH's goals and impact. Each month will feature a different topic and speaker so that students from all over the country may connect and learn how to maximize their role in ending sex-trafficking. 

Local Organizations (AZ) for Volunteering: 

The "I Will" Campaign, at the University of Arizona in Tucson

**While we are not affiliated with this initiative in Tucson, as a current University of Arizona institution we aim to uphold these values and educate against sexual assault. **

Resources for Education and Research Opportunities
Sex Trafficking Resources and Tools:
  • (TRUST = Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking)
  • (Arizona Sex Trafficking 101:  An Overview. Training Tool for healthcare and mental health providers)
  • www.polarisproject.or(Medical Assessment Tool. Comprehensive Human Trafficking Assessment – National Human Trafficking Resource Center) 
  • (Tool for the Identification of Victims of Human Trafficking)
  • (resources if you suspect a patient is being trafficked)

Sexual Assault Examination Guidelines
Creating Sexual Assault Examination Guidelines and implementing them in local Emergency Departments and Urgent Care clinics.

Purpose: To provide a document for medical personnel with clear information relevant to the hospital care of a patient who has been sexually assaulted and/or is a sex-trafficking victim.  

**Research opportunity: To determine the efficacy of the guidelines.**

SANE Training for ER Residents 
Arranging for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to present a lecture to residents on the sexual assault examination procedure as it relates to patients these residents may see in their practice.  

Purpose: To educate physicians on their role in the process of a patient who has been sexually assaulted.  

**Research opportunity: To determine the efficacy of these lectures**

Past Events
Joint SAIL event
"Human Sex Trafficking Awareness" Night 
January 18th, 2017

Dr. Carla Grace, Ph.D.
Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, MSW, Ph.D.
                    Stephanie Preciado, Esq

3rd Annual PATH-AMWA Clothing Drive

Jan 15th- Jan 22nd 

The following items will be accepted and donated the The Phoenix Dream Center a local shelter for sex trafficking survivors:

* Clean (new or gently worn) women’s clothing (pajamas, casual clothes, business clothes, shoes, bras, etc.)

* Toiletries (unused shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene, etc.)

Sojourner Center Institute Inaugural Research Symposium 
A World Free from Domestic Violence: Moving the Conversation 

April 14th, 2016
Phoenix Biomedical Campus
435 North 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Learning Objectives
  • To collaborate with educational programs intended to prevent, treat, and increase awareness of domestic/sexual violence.
  • To establish a relationship between the medical community and the Phoenix community by addressing sexual assault and other social determinants of health in Phoenix middle and high school classrooms.
  • To enhance understanding of medical personnel of the medical, legal, and psychological issues relevant to sexual assault victims, including the process of evidence collection.
  • To improve the patient-physician interaction of the patient who has been sexually assaulted and to increase reporting and follow-up care by patients
  • To help educate physicians, residents, and medical students about issues surrounding human sex trafficking.
  • To engage medical students and medical professionals in becoming advocates for human sex trafficking victims/survivors and understanding their medical needs.
  • To educate medical students and medical professionals on how to effectively address the issue of sex-trafficking in medical practice
  • To advocate for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Provide volunteer support and build working relationships with local community programs already in place that serve these populations.

Program Leadership

Student Contact: Kaylee de Tranaltes