BCFS CSD in the Community

BCFS Community Service Division attend a continuing education event at the UT Health San Antonio to help others understand the services provided by BCFS CSD for victims of human trafficking.

BCFS Community Services Division (CSD) participated in a continuing education event the Human Trafficking: The Role of Healthcare Providers in Recognizing and Effectively Intervening held on Friday, November 3. The event was hosted by UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing’s Department of Lifelong Learning and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Department of Social Work with the goals of recognizing potential victims of human trafficking and learning prevention strategies based on social and economic circumstances.

BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio’s Tracia Westley, a case coordinator for BCFS-San Antonio’s new Resiliency Through Healing program for survivors of child abuse, and Sandy Bar-Yadin, a counselor for the STAR (Services to At Risk Youth) program staffed an information table offering a variety of material about some of BCFS-San Antonio’s programs and services that strengthen children and families.

Featured speakers at the event included international human trafficking expert Dr. Donna Sabella, the founder and director of Project Phoenix, an outreach program for trafficked and prostituted women in Philadelphia; Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project for Texas Coordinator Dixie Hairston; and Lt. Bill Grayson of the San Antonio Police Department, who discussed the role of law enforcement in human trafficking investigations.