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Governor Whitmer Proclaims January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed January 2021 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Michigan and released a video urging people to educate themselves on how they can help prevent human trafficking.  


Human trafficking happento children, women and men every day in our country and around the world,” said Governor WhitmerIt is often a hidden crime that can take different forms including sex traffickingforced labor and almost always involves the exploitation of our most vulnerableI hope this month serves as a reminder and opportunity for each of us to learn about prevention efforts and ways to support survivors and their families. If you see something, speak up and contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. Your call could save a life.”  


In 2019 alone there were 22,326 victims and survivors of human trafficking. Organizations across the state are working daily to enhance awareness and increase prevention efforts.  


The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission works in collaboration with agencies, organizations, and individuals across the state to address issues arising from human trafficking. The work of the commission works to coordinate and integrates a multi-faceted, statewide solution that includes health care providers, social workers, child advocacy groups, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, legislators, and the judiciary system.  


If you need to fulfill your Human Trafficking licensure requirement, please MSMS's on-demand course titled, "Human Trafficking". This activity fulfills the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) training standards for identifying victims of human trafficking requirements. The objectives include: describe the types and venues of human trafficking; explain how to identify victims of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and minors; list resources for reporting, when suspecting an adult or child is a victim of human trafficking; and discuss myths regarding human trafficking.

Earns: 1.0 CME credits

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AMA Credit Designation Statement: The Michigan State Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.