232523 Trafficking in persons, public health and development

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 8:54 AM - 9:06 AM

Elvira Beracochea, MD, MPH , MIDEGO, Fairfax, VA
From 4 to 27 million people are in forced labor, child labor, prostitution and abuse, the majority are women and about half are minors. Millions of other people organize to keep and benefit from them. Prey and predators represent a public health and legal problem that prevents development of life on our planet. In the year 2000, mankind took two important steps; in the US, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was passed with the purpose of preventing trafficking, punishing traffickers, and protecting victims; and the UN assembly approved the Millennium Declaration (MD). In the MD, 189 nations set goals and targets to be achieved by 2015 that address poverty, hunger, gender inequity, preventable and treatable diseases and death, and weak environmental conservation and global partnerships, including “To intensify our efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, including trafficking as well as smuggling in human beings and money laundering.” The MD is based on six values: freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature and shared responsibility; and calls countries to implement seven actions: 1. Peace, security and disarmament; 2. Development and poverty eradication; 3. Protect the common environment; 4. Human rights, democracy and good governance; 5. Protect the vulnerable; 6. Meet the special needs of Africa; and 7. Strengthen the UN. It is 10 years since the TVPA and the MD. This presentation will discuss three public health programs developed to “intensify our efforts” as public health professionals.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the link between human trafficking and its impediment to development. Describe how human trafficking impacts MDG5.

Keywords: Women's Health, Public Health Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a health care provider for 25 years and have worked on public health advocacy and womens health issues.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.