Via Christi Health Honored for Anti-Human Trafficking Training

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.

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One thought on “Via Christi Health Honored for Anti-Human Trafficking Training

  1. I want to thank you for helping Via Christi Health spread the word about this important initiative. I serve as Via Christi’s leader of communications and digital media, and was a member of the team that developed the training program and four-step protocol to make doctors and nurses aware of the warning signs that a patient may be a victim of human trafficking — and then provide them with the steps to follow to help these victims. We want to let every health organization know they can use our four-step protocol and adapt it for their own use. They also can use any of the materials on our website, including our videos and stories. The videos of our training program, a copy of the protocol and links to the news media coverage this work has received can be found at viachristi.org/human-trafficking. We want to spread this work far and wide, praying it will help in the battle against this horrific crime. Again, thank you for sharing this with your community.

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