Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein, JHF Board Chair Debra Caplan Host Panel at IWF Conference Discussing Human Trafficking

From left to right: Debra L. Caplan, MPA; Truvelle Reese, DMD; and Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein.

The International Women's Forum (IWF) Special Interest Group for Health, held its seventh gathering as part of the IWF's conference "Beating the Odds: The Search for New Solutions," on November 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The session was designed by Jewish Healthcare Foundation and WHAMglobal leadership and staff.

The IWF group heard from professionals working to address human trafficking, including Dr. Truvella Reese, DMD, who is the southwest co-chair of Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans and the founder of a Christian dental mission in Jamaica; Nastasha Guynes, a former staffer on Capitol Hill and founder/ president of HER Resiliency Center; and Carla Bury, senior multi-lateral affairs advisory in the US State Department's office to monitor and combat trafficking.

The panel was welcomed by JHF Board Chair and former IWF Pittsburgh Chapter President Debra L. Caplan, MPA and moderated by JHF CEO and President Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein. Caplan and Dr. Feinstein formed the IWF Special Interest Group for Health in 2018.

During their presentations, each speaker discussed how human trafficking has impacted their lives personally and/or professionally, the prevalence of the problem, and what people can do to help people who are being trafficked.

"Human trafficking is a complex issue. It affects human rights. It affects security, rule of law, and migration. No one country can combat this crime, and all countries are impacted, whether they are source, transit, or destination," said Bury, adding that 27.6 million people are in forced labor at any given time and that two-thirds of the people trafficked globally are women and girls, per the UN Office of Drugs & Crime 2021 Global Trafficking of Persons Report. 

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