The Hard Part was Keeping Me Out: Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Survivor Advocates and Harm Reduction Services Unite

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The Hard Part was Keeping Me Out: Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Survivor Advocates and Harm Reduction Services Unite

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Issue Area #3: Continuum of Care

Survivor of sex trafficking, “It wasn’t as hard to get me out of “the life”, the hard part was keeping me out.” Collaborative teams, including harm reduction agencies, join hands with medical professionals and law enforcement to mitigate the harmful encounters that have previously been noted by survivors of sex trafficking as judgmental and re-traumatizing. A Statewide model of care for victims of sex and labor trafficking supports the goal of recovery, health, and successful re-entry. Uniquely accomplished through a trauma-informed response team, gives access to medical providers, coordinated through advocacy partnership. Presentation is led by physician champion, statewide program director, a Sergeant serving years on FBI Child Exploitation Task Force for CSEC, and Director of a harm reduction agency supporting victims.

The Hard Part was Keeping Me Out: Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Survivor AdvoCates and Harm Reduction Services Unite

Issue Area #3: Continuum of Care

Survivor of sex trafficking, “It wasn’t as hard to get me out of “the life”, the hard part was keeping me out.” Collaborative teams, including harm reduction agencies, join hands with medical professionals and law enforcement to mitigate the harmful encounters that have previously been noted by survivors of sex trafficking as judgmental and re-traumatizing. A Statewide model of care for victims of sex and labor trafficking supports the goal of recovery, health, and successful re-entry. Uniquely accomplished through a trauma-informed response team, gives access to medical providers, coordinated through advocacy partnership. Presentation is led by physician champion, statewide program director, a Sergeant serving years on FBI Child Exploitation Task Force for CSEC, and Director of a harm reduction agency supporting victims.


Jennifer Cox, Program Director, Dignity Health
Jennifer Cox currently serves as the Program Director, for the Human Trafficking Medical Safe Haven, a clinic model that provides trauma-informed longitudinal care and creates unique access to identified victims and survivors of human trafficking. Jennifer directs the DOJ grant-funded program that supports replication of this clinic model and currently leads three Statewide Medical Safe Haven clinics. Jennifer has been strategically involved in Dignity Health’s human trafficking initiative since 2014. Jennifer was formerly a Community Health Specialist, leading efforts to support victim response and intervention, for six Dignity Health Hospitals. Jennifer has served in healthcare for over 19 years, including 5 years as Executive Director for community resource center and clinic.


Terri Galvan, MPP, Executive Director, Community Against Sexual Harm
Terri Galvan has a Master of Public Policy degree from USC and more than 20 years of experience working with chronically homeless women, addiction, and commercial sexual exploitation. For the past 7 years, Terri has served as the Executive Director of Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH), where she leads a staff of trained peer-specialists providing assistance to victims of commercial sexual exploitation using trauma informed practices. She is trained in domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma informed care, and human trafficking. Terri has provided training to law enforcement, colleges, non-profit organizations, and service clubs and has worked closely with various law enforcement agencies to advance strategies to reduce the impact of commercial sexual exploitation in Sacramento.


Ronald Chambers, MD. FAAFP., Director, Family Medicine Residency, Cheif, Hills Physicians, Dignity Health
Dr. Chambers attended medical school at George Washington, residency at Dignity Health Methodist Hospital, completed fellowships in Faculty Development, Program Director Development, and earned the title of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the DIO and Program Director for the Dignity Health Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program, Chair of the Family Medicine Department, Chief of South Sacramento Hill Physicians, Medical Director for Mercy Medical Safe Haven Clinic, Physician Advisor for the Dignity Health Human Trafficking Response, Clinical Faculty for UC Davis School of Medicine, and Clinical Associate Professor for California Northstate College of Medicine.


Sergeant John Sydow, Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, Crimes Against Persons Bureau
Sergeant John Sydow has been with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office for the past 23 years, including 10 years as a Detective. Two of those detective years were on the Sacramento FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force with a focus on African American street gangs. He then spent four years with the Sacramento FBI Child Exploitation Task Force focusing on cases involving the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and an additional four years in the Sheriff’s Office investigating all forms of trafficking. Sergeant Sydow has testified as an expert in California courts regarding human trafficking, victimology, pimping, and prostitution, and has provided training for hundreds of law enforcement and other professionals. He has also been a hostage negotiator with the Sheriff’s Office for 13 years.