Poiema Foundation - Education and Public Awareness of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Training for
Health Care Professionals

Approved by the
Texas Health and
Human Services Commission


Human Trafficking for Health Care Providers

Health care practitioners are in a unique position to intervene in human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking; however, they are often not aware their patient is a victim. Victims may be people of any age, gender, race/ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, or sexual orientation. Victims and survivors are often patients in dental offices, emergency rooms, and clinics. Health care providers have an opportunity to be a voice for this population that has no voice. Your intervention could save a life.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand Human Trafficking as defined by the TVPA 2000.
  • Learn vulnerability factors for victims.
  • Learn how traffickers recruit victims.
  • Identify potential signs of human trafficking while providing services for patients.
  • Discover immediate health care needs of identified victims.
  • Develop ability for a trauma-informed response.
  • Identify who should participate in a multi-disciplinary care model.
  • Learn about available resources for trafficking survivors’ services.

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Texas HHS Approved

The Poiema Foundation training course, “Human Trafficking Training for Health Care Professionals”, is approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in accordance with House Bill 2059 (2019) for health care practitioner licensure renewal requirements.

Presented by Rebecca Jowers

Rebecca Jowers, MACE – Executive Director

Rebecca is the founder and executive director of The Poiema Foundation, a non-profit that fights human trafficking. She is the visionary of the organization’s approach to human trafficking that focuses on: educating the public, engaging communities to identify at-risk and missing youth, and empowering survivors through a long-term residential program.

Rebecca holds a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary and also serves as their Dean of Women Students and Advisor to Women.

Before establishing The Poiema Foundation, Rebecca taught math and science in both public schools and at the collegiate level. She has been married to her husband, Raymond, for 30 years and they have four grown daughters.