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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