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31st Annual Ethics Conference: Shining the Light on Human Trafficking

31st Annual Ethics Conference: Shining the Light on Human Trafficking

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
8:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Physicians Conference Center, 1555 Vesper Blvd, Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: $30 Pre-registration / $35 Late Registration / $25 Students and Senior Citizens

Human trafficking is an international and domestic epidemic. It is the trade in human beings, especially women and children in foreign countries and in our own country. They are treated as a commodity. The trade in humans is an assault on the dignity of a person and a violation of human rights condemned by international conventions. Human Trafficking has many faces: forced or bonded labor; sexual exploitation; domestic servitude; forced marriage; and organ removal are some forms of trafficking. It is the fastest-growing activity of trans-national criminal organizations.

This presentation will explore the evil of human trafficking, often called modern-day slavery, that exists in the U. S. and throughout the world — often beneath the surface because many deny the possibility of such evil in their surroundings. No matter where you live or work, chances are it is happening nearby. The what, how and why of this modern-day slavery will be explored and practical suggestions offered to enable participants to identify victims and respond appropriately to a situation.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program the participants should be able to:

  •  Recognize the red flags and indicators of human trafficking to identify a trafficked individual.
  •  Describe the trauma experienced by victims/survivors.
  •  Identify patients at the entry points for health care and be able to apply the protocols for trafficked patients.


8:30-9:00a Registration

9:00-9:05a Welcome, Russell J. Hansel, MSW, MAHCM

9:05-9:15a Orientation to conference topic and Introduction of featured speakers, Margaret Fernandes, MD

9:15-9:50a Overview of the Different Aspects of Human Trafficking, Sr. Kathleen Coll, SSJ

9:50-10:00a Group discussion

10:00-10:15a Health Break and Stretch

10:15-10:45a An Interview with a Survivor, Ann Marie Jones and Sr. Kathleen Coll

10:45-11:00a Question and Answer Period

11:00-11:40a Protocols for Hospitals, Sr. Teresita Hinnegan, MMS

11:40 – 11:50a Question and Answer Period

11:50a-12:05p Panel Presentation

12:05-12:30p Summation/Evaluation & Adjournment


COST: $30 Pre-registration / $35 Late Registration / $25 Students and Senior Citizens

Cancellation Policy: A $10 administration fee will be charged for all cancellations after Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.

For further information, please call: Michele A. Piccinini: (856) 757-3743


REGISTER: Download the registration form here and return it with your check to:

Lourdes Health System
Michele A. Piccinini
1600 Haddon Avenue
Camden, NJ 08103
Make check payable to: Lourdes Health System


Physicians; Nurses; Administrators; Social Workers; Chaplains/Clergy; Attorneys; Trustees/Board Members; Mission Representatives; Patient Representatives; and Ethics Committee Members All interested parties are welcome!


Lourdes Health System/St. Francis Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited ap-prover by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation. P#:P224-10/14-17.


Accreditation Statement
Lourdes Health System is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Lourdes Health System takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific Integrity of this CME activity.

Designation Statement
Lourdes Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All faculty participating in continuing medical education activities provided by Lourdes Health System are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation(s).


Sister Kathleen Coll is a Sister of St. Joseph of Philadelphia, the Executive Director and a co-founder of Dawn’s Place (, a residence and therapeutic program for women who have survived being exploited for sex. Dawn’s Place provides trauma-informed care as well as other services needed for the healing and life’s journey of survivors. Sr. Kathleen is a member of the board and executive committee for US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking and represented the U.S. at an international meeting of Women Religious providing services for survivors of human trafficking held at the Vatican in 2015. Sister Kathleen has given presentations on human trafficking to a variety of audiences. She received her Masters Degree from LaSalle University, her undergraduate degree from Chestnut Hill College and has attended a number of trainings for trauma and its effects on victims and survivors.

Ann Marie Jones is a survivor of sex trafficking and a former resident of Dawn’s Place. She is the Peer Specialist at Dawn’s Place, working to support residents throughout their recovery process. She brings a unique and valued perspective to her work and shares her story with others throughout the Philadelphia area to help inform the community about the realities of commercial sexual exploitation. Ann Marie most recently spoke at the International Rotary Club in Toronto, Canada. In addition, she is co-author with Carol Metzer of a book soon to be published, “A Shield Against the Monster.”

Sister Teresita Hinnegan, a member of the Medical Mission Sisters and co-founder of Dawn’s Place, is a Certified Nurse Midwife with international experience, holding a Masters in Social Work from Temple University and an Honorary Doctorate in Medical Science from Villanova University. In recent years, she has focused on prevention of violence against women and girls. Sister was an appointed member to a Task Force mandated to give recommendations about survivor services to the Pennsylvania General Assembly for inclusion in an anti-Trafficking Bill passed September 2014. She helped to develop protocols and training of frontline health care staff at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for identifying patients at entry points for health care, who may be trafficked.


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