Improving the identification and treatment of Milwaukee youth involved in human trafficking
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Nationally, Milwaukee has been identified as a hub for human trafficking. However, the local law enforcement and justice system only identifies a small number of children as victims of human trafficking. In addition, research indicates that victims of human trafficking often have a wide variety of physical and mental health needs, yet area health care practitioners indicate a dearth of knowledge regarding how to accurately identify, examin, and treat these victims.
Following an independent review by the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, which indicated a need to improve the processes to identify and support victims of human trafficking, project partners aim to improve the identification and treatment of youth involved in human trafficking by developing policies and procedures to not only identify potential victims, but improve and provide for their comprehensive health and mental health care needs.
Community partners: Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Rethink Resources, Wraparound Milwaukee – Children’s Mental Health Services
8701 W Watertown Plank Road,
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
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