The Clark-Fox Policy Institute at the Brown School, in cooperation with the Human Trafficking Collaborative Network (HTCN), housed in the Institute for Public Health, is leading a delegation of Missouri researchers, advocates, representatives from law enforcement, service providers and survivors to Capitol Hill to bring attention to the dehumanizing industry of trafficking in persons. After welcoming remarks from Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and Congressman Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) the panel will highlight research and practice that can inform pending federal legislation aimed at assisting survivors and their families. Numbers released by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center demonstrate that reported cases are on the rise.
“With this panel of dedicated experts and our bipartisan legislative partners, we will continue to educate policymakers about the supports needed to aid human trafficking survivors as they rebuild their lives,” said Gary Parker, director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute. Parker will serve as co-moderator for the panel along with Dr. Rumi Kato Price, HTCN founder and professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Panelists for the briefing include Brian Froelke, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; Andrea Nichols, lecturer in sex trafficking at the Brown School; Christopher Prater, instructor in medical education; and Melissa Renae Kroll, clinical fellow in emergency medicine.