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Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics)

Dr. Jeffrey Barrows is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who in 1999 joined the staff of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations to help administrate a medical education mission outreach called Medical Education International (MEI). While working with the Christian Medical Association, he was asked by the U.S. State Department in 2004 to research the health consequences of Human Trafficking.  From 2005-2008, he compiled and submitted an annual report to the Director of the State Department’s -Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking of Persons. This research resulted in the article Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional published in the May 2008 Southern Medical Journal. Since 2005 his work to combat human trafficking has included teaching other healthcare professionals to identify victims they may encounter in the course of their medical practice. He produced the first on-line CME program regarding human trafficking specifically designed for healthcare workers. In 2006 he completed a consultation on the healthcare needs of trafficking victims in Sierra Leone and Liberia for the U. S. State Department. In 2008, he Founded Gracehaven, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a rehabilitative home in Central Ohio for adolescent girls who have been victims of child sex trafficking in Ohio. In 2014, he became a member of the Technical Working Group on health and human trafficking under HHS’s Administration for Children and Families. He is a founding board member of HEAL Trafficking and currently serves as Founder of Gracehaven, a rehabilitative facility for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking in Ohio.

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Human Trafficking Report Inflated by U.S. State Department

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n the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse. The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed.

Senate Passes Human Trafficking Bill

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It took a month of back-and-forth between Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the bill’s author, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to find a compromise. They settled on creating two funding streams in the bill. One collects fines from traffickers and uses them for survivor services, excluding health care.

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Secrets

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Unable to tell anyone what was happening because of the threats from her father, Melissa began acting out in various other ways at school. Because of her acting out, Melissa was sent to a special program during her seventh grade year. She mentioned the abuse happening at home, but a simple letter from each parent denying the abuse was enough to keep any further investigation from occurring.

Seeking Justice for Modern Day Slaves

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When Jill was 14, she was forced to run away from home to escape repeated physical and sexual abuse. She ended up in the home of Bruce who found her alone at a local mall and promised her a job in his home “business.”

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