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Phone Number:(319) 536-2027
Survivor Support Group
Contact Teresa Davidson at (319) 536-2027 for more information.
Attend this educational session to learn what human trafficking is, how victims are targeted and groomed, how to identify possible victims and appropriately respond. Learn more.
Teresa Davidson, ARNP, PNP, MSNAnti-Human Trafficking Coordinator
The crime of human trafficking is a worldwide public health issue, one that’s a top priority for the Sisters of Mercy and aligns strongly to our mission. Because healthcare providers are sometimes the only professionals to interact with victims of human trafficking, we have a unique opportunity to offer care and connection to supports that can help bring an end to this offense.
Because human trafficking is an underground crime, statistics regarding how prevalent it is are difficult to obtain. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office has stated it occurs at some level in every town in every state. As agencies in our area that work with teens and young adults report growing incidences of human trafficking every day, Mercy’s anti-human trafficking coordinator – one of just a few in the nation – provides a critical service.
According to Chains Interrupted, a Cedar Rapids nonprofit fighting against human trafficking:
From KGAN CBS-2, July 2018