AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victimized Patients
Project type(s) Other
Date completed 10/26/2006
Chapter Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Project Coordinator makini chisolm-straker
Summary of project The US State Department conservatively estimates that 17,500 persons annually are trafficked into this nation for the purpose of slave labor. This number does not account for persons here from previous years or US citizens and residents that are also victimized in this industry. In the third largest illegal industry worldwide, health care providers are ill-equipped to identify such victims when they present in the medical setting. This project's educational purpose is to instruct emergency care providers, who are on the frontline of this fight, on the clinical presentation and appropriate treatment of such patients. We used several projects to address the role of emergency healthcare providers in the fight against human trafficking, these included: building a website, training emergency care providers, training other medical students to do the live instruction, and planning a lunchtime lecture for the medical students; we are also considering incorporating the 20 minute instruction into the curriculum itself. The website ( is free and accessible to all individuals and institutions interested in better serving their communities, and is a continuous process; it will be updated with pertinent changes in policy, etc. so that providers can offer the best care possible.

Content area Human Rights
Number of participants 5
Participant hours involved 480 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 1930 - see comments below
Project funding Medical school funds,AMSA grant,Other grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising I will be presenting this project as an abstract at one international conference, and hopefully at the annual SAEM conference; "word of mouth/email;" I will be writing a press release and then an op-ed in the next weeks, co-authored by a local Providence physician. As of now, though not being entirely "google-able" as yet, the website has received well over 2,500 "hits."
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions Involving a third/fourth year has been key to the take off of this project; improvements can and are being made on this website and the person with a lot of suggestions/experience is doing his clinical years, which makes it difficult to get into contact with him. Also, the web designer, a fellow AMSA member and pre-clinical student, while extremely helpful has other commitments as well; this project could not have been completed without the aid of these two persons but key to the sanity of the project coordinator and the project's success was recognizing and appreciating that these individuals, while committed to the project, could not be on call at all times. Being flexible while clear on what is really needed is key.

Comments The total work hours is nearly impossible to calculate, and is well over the 480hrs provided as an answer, as this project allows people to be involved at different levels. The 480hrs, estimates the project coordinators working an average of 8hrs a day for three months (the summer between first and second year) and does not include the research and conferences attended in the prior seven months. I estimate that 5 people at the local project level were/are involved, but the larger number including other AMSA chapters and non-AMSA folk is more like, at least, 25. At the local level, folks are involved in learning how to provide the instruction for institutions and planning a lunchtime event, and/or incorporating the 20min training into the med curriculum.

Budget: the 1500, estimated cost was actually for the cost of living and doing research in nyc, funded by an outside grant, and brown medical school; the 400 is for the website hosting of pdfs and domain name. the webspace was provided free of charge by a not-for-profit organization (but the org could not afford to host the pdfs, hence the amsa grant's import).