Via Christi Health received a special community service award from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom for its ground-breaking work training health care professionals to identify and assist victims of human trafficking. “Human trafficking is a crime that hides in plain sight,” Grissom said. “Via Christi Health is leading the nation by training its health care professionals to recognize warning signs and offer victims assistance that could save lives.” Inspired by the Gospel and Catholic tradition, Via Christi Health is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas.
Via Christi’s human trafficking initiative already has trained more than 125 physicians, nurses and other front-line caregivers with a four-step protocol on what to look for and how to help human trafficking victims. Videos of the training are available online at Via Christi Human Trafficking Initiative.
“We are humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Jeff Korsmo, president and CEO of Via Christi Health. “Training our clinicians to recognize the warning signs of human trafficking so that we can help these victims is part of Via Christi’s mission to serve as a healing presence to the most vulnerable among us. The victims of this modern form of slavery need – and deserve – our help.”
Learn more at The Topeka Capital-Journal article: U.S. Attorney honors Via Christi for training to battle human trafficking.