Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center and The City of Long Beach Team For Educational Forum on Human Trafficking

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A full-day educational forum on the growing—and shocking—problem of human trafficking will be held Friday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, at the Health Enhancement Center on the campus of Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center, 1050 Linden Ave. , Long Beach.  The forum, co-sponsored by the City of Long Beach Commission on Youth & Children, is intended primarily for first-responders and frontline health care professionals who work with the victims of this crime, but it will also be open to community members interested in the topic.

Presenters include:

  • Gregory Canillas, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Commission for Youth & Children, City of Long Beach
  • Virginia Zart, Community Outreach and Public Policy, Long Beach Trafficking Task Force
  • Annalise Enrile, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work, USC
  • Michelle Guymon, Director, Los Angeles County Office of Probation
  • Opal Singleton, Training Coord., Riverside County Sheriff’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

Other notable speakers include: Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell and California Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-70, Long Beach).

Sr. Gerard Earls, VP of Mission Integration at Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center, said that the goals of the forum are consistent with the values of the hospital.  “At the heart of Dignity Health’s mission, we are an active healing ministry, and we seek to extend that healing to the communities in which we live and work,” she said.  “We all have a stake in addressing this pressing issue of social justice.”

Added Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center President/CEO Tom Salerno:  “As a community resource, Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center is proud to partner with the City of Long Beach both to raise awareness of this appalling problem and also to help provide at least a partial solution by training first-responders and caregivers to recognize the signs of human trafficking victims.”

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