Networking Day: Human Trafficking and Health Care

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Networking Day

Topic: Human Trafficking and Health Care

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019

Time: 8:30AM-3:30PM

Location: Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus

Address: 555 Broadway Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

The Rotunda Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus New York

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Train Schedule:
Mercy College is just a short walk from the Ardsley-on-Hudson Station of the Metro-North Hudson Line.

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Keynote speaker:

Professor Ruchira Gupta, New York University

Expert Consultant for the United Nations, UNICEF, USAID and an expert in the topic of Human Trafficking & Healthcare

The United Nations defines “human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs”.

Program Objectives

1. Increase knowledge about the background and statistics of human trafficking.

2. Identify the signs and symptoms seen in probable or potential victims and the strategies to improve health issues and concerns.

3. Describe techniques that health care providers can use to support victims and survivors of human trafficking.

4. Explain the important role of the health care provider with victims and survivor.

5. Analyze healthcare policies, practices and resources available to help identified victims.


Registration check in and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Keynote Address

Panel Speakers by co-sponsors:

  • Ingrid Johnson RN, MSN, BSN - ‘Nurses Role in Combating Human Trafficking”

  • Korto Scott, EdD, RN, FNP –Sigma - Delta Zeta Chapter Lehman College, CUNY “Human Trafficking of Immigrant African women and young girls”

  • Dr. Sandra Maldonado EdD, CNM, FNP-BC – Sigma - Delta Zeta Chapter at Lehman College “The role of the health care provider in identifying and helping victims of human trafficking”.

  • Mary Joy Dia, RN, DNP, MS, FNP-BC – PNAA President- Elect “Human Rights Committee’s Role and Case Management Process”.

  • Dr. Kathleen Kightlinger-Steiger – STTI Mu Epsilon NY

Poster presenters- Co Sponsors:

NLN-NY League


STTI-Delta Zeta Chapter

STTI -Mu Epsilon Chapter

TCNS-NE Chapter

Lunch/Networking/ Poster viewing

Kinding Sindaw Dance Performance

Closing Remarks and Program Evaluation

Other Organization meetings, NE Chapter TCNS meeting follows Networking Day.

About Keynote Speaker:

Ruchira Gupta has worked closely with the United Nations throughout her career. She is currently a professor at New York University and is the Founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a membership organization of over a 1,000 women and children trapped in or at risk to prostitution in India’s red-light areas and slums. In a career of 21 years, she has worked as a journalist, activist and policy-maker on issues related to violence against women, especially the trafficking of women and children. She has testified to the US Senate as an expert witness for the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 2000, has been honored at the White House for her work to combat trafficking, has lobbied and networked with women’s groups for the UN protocol on trafficking, has worked for USAID for the last two years as Anti-Trafficking Expert to assist USAID missions and countries to develop anti-trafficking interventions. Before that she worked for nearly seven years in various capacities in the UN in Nepal, Thailand, Kosovo and New York. At present she is developing a women’s empowerment strategy for UNICEF, Iran.

As a journalist she has won an Emmy for “outstanding investigative journalism” for her documentary on trafficking of women and children from the villages of Nepal to the brothels of Mumbai. She has worked for the BBC, CBC, Business India, The Sunday Observer and The Telegraph. As part of her work as a journalist, she has written extensively and won several awards for her work on Religious Fundamentalism in India.

She has presented papers on violence against women in the Durban, Kuala Lumpur and Manila AIDS conferences. Her documentary was premiered in Stockholm at the World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children.

She has developed strategies to combat trafficking for the Kosovo interim government, a regional plan for Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines, a business plan for a network of NGOs in Bangladesh, a strategy to set up a network in Eastern Europe and a Reintegration plan for women combatants and child soldiers in Liberia. At present she is working with the Indian law-enforcement to develop protocols to address the Demand to trafficking.

About the Panel Speakers

Experts on related topic

Ingrid Johnson, RN, MSN - She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University. Ingrid is a nationally recognized expert and speaker in the field of Human Trafficking. In 2004, her 13 year-old daughter was missing for 11 months. Ingrid worked closely with law enforcement to rescue her from New York. Ingrid has over 20 years of nursing experience and has served on the board of several community organizations. Ingrid collaborates with community partners to advocate for victims and survivors. She has received many accolades for her work around the country. In June 2018, Ingrid was honored locally and nationally by the Jefferson Foundation receiving the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Champion for Justice Award and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities.

Sandra Maldonado EdD, CNM, FNP-BC began her nurse midwifery career in Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and there she became interested in the area of human trafficking and sexual violence. Many of the patients she encountered at Lincoln Hospital were from central and Latin American countries including the Dominican Republic. The women she cared for would relay their stories during labor or have PTSD during the labor process.Dr. Maldonado received her training as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at Duquesne University and then trained at City Hospitals were she assisted in the examinations. As a Family Nurse Practitioner and nurse midwife, Sandra have encountered many women who have revealed their traumatic experiences and feel that many times they do not voice their pain due to fear and intimidation. As a Hispanic provider

Dr. Maldonado strive to be their role model and educate them in their language about their rights and where they can seek refuge. In the ER where she worked and provided timely, non-judgmental, compassionate care to the sexual assault survivors; Including medical-forensic examination, prophylaxis for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection, photographic documentation, and referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up including participation in legal proceedings.

Dr. Maldonado currently teaches at Lehman College in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, she teaches FNP students sexual and domestic violence, recognition of signs during an examination in women’s and men’s health.Dr. Maldonado is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the American College of Forensic Examiners. She attends 2 court proceedings per calendar year in the Bronx to keep up to date with cases that have been put forward as an observer. Prior to becoming an advanced health provider, Dr. Maldonado served in the United States Air-Force as a Flight Nurse from 1986-1990 and had the opportunity to provide service to our airmen and military personnel at Brooks Airforce Base in Texas and a proud veteran!

As a nurse midwife Dr. Maldonado have delivered over 3,000 babies in good health at Lincoln Hospital. She taught at the Catholic University of Ponce and launch the nurse midwifery program in Ponce, Puerto Rico. As an advocate of women’s health she had the opportunity of working and becoming the senior trainer for Planned Parenthood of New York City where she devoted 15 years of service in women’s and men’s health care. Dr. Maldonado worked at The Door a center for Adolescent health providing prenatal care, STD testing, and contraception.

She received her Doctorate of Education at University of Minneapolis Minnesota in Teaching Leadership and Administration; a Masters in Nursing from Hunter College, a Post Masters from Rutgers University Nurse Midwifery Program; a Post Masters in Nursing Education from The College of Mount St. Vincent, and a Post Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from SUNY-Downstate, and Bachelors of Health Sciences from Hunter College. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau- Delta Chapter at Lehman College and a member of Legal Nurse Consultant Association. As an assistant professor at Lehman College, City University of New York Family Nurse Practitioner Program, her programs strives to bring issues and health policies that affect men’s and women’s health.

Korto L. Scott Ed.D, RN, FNP has thirty plus years of healthcare provider experiences and teaching in nursing Education. She received her Doctor of Education at Dowling College, Long Island, NY, Post Masters Advanced Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner – Molloy College, Long Island, NY. Master of Arts, Nursing Education – New York University, New York City, NY and a Bachelor of Science Nursing----------Cottington University College, Liberia

She is a Professor at Lehman College Nursing Program, and have taught at Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Medgar Evers College, LaGuardia Community College, and York Community College. Dr. Korto Scott has presented several topics related to cultural competence among health care providers, Female Genital Cutting (FGC) among African Immigrant women and their perceptions of healthcare providers, Living with Female Genital Cutting: Perceptions of African Immigrants in New York, The Development of Cultural Competence Among Community College Nurses from the Classroom to the work setting.(Dissertation Publishing 2010, UMI: 3437382),

Dr. Mary Joy Garcia-Dia is the Program Director, Nursing Informatics at New York-Presbyterian. She earned her Nursing Informatics Master’s Degree from New York University with Distinguished honor. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree from Case Western Reserve University receiving the Director’s Award.

She is active in the community as the Chair of the Kalusugan Coalition and a member of the National Advisory Committee for Research on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health. Currently, Dr. Garcia-Dia is the PNAA President-elect for 2018-2020. During her term as PNA-New York President in 2006-2008, Mary Joy has been instrumental in sharing the Sentosa 27++ story through educational awareness campaign. She chaired the PNAA Human Rights Committee from 2008-2012 and continues to serve in the Advisory capacity. Mary Joy has been accepted as a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine 2019 and has recently published Project Management in Nursing Informatics.


Dr. Imelda C. Principe, DNP, RN, MSN, CPAN, CCRN, ASLNC-C a Senior Nursing Professional Development Specialist at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, NYU Langone Health, New York, NY. Dr. Imelda C. Principe is an active PNA, NY member and was awarded the Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in the Poster Presentation during the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Odyssey South California Chapter Omicron Delta Chapter Conference, San Diego California, November 8-10, 2018

POTRI RANKA MANIS QUEANO NUR M.A., R.N. -B.C. Potri campaigns for self-determination of the Moro and Lumad indigenous people. She is a resident Artist of LaMaMa, Experimental Theater Club and a resident master artist teacher at Lotus Music and Dance. Potri is also a Board Certified Medical- Surgical Registered Nurse. In addition to her work as an artist, she has also committed herself to the health and well-being of her community. She has served as a nurse for nearly four decades, mostly at various hospitals in New York City and as a Nurse-Educator. Potri as co-investigator in numerous Filipino-specific community based participatory research (CBPR) health initiatives in Queens, NY with the co-founded organization, Kalusugan Coalition. She has also co-authored publications multiple articles on hypertension in Filipino immigrants. As a Holistic Nurse, she created the healing modality called Resilient Ancestral Nurturing Knowledge and Arts (R.A.N.K.A. ®). Potri Ranka Manis was able to single-handedly establish Kinding Sindaw, an organization that has become the vessel of expression to assert, reclaim, and recreates the indigenous legends, epics, myths, and unwritten history of Mindanao. She has received numerous awards for Kinding Sindaw. Other works include producing off-Broadway productions that have been funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs and other foundations (such as the Reginald Lewis Foundation and the Pinkerton Foundation).

Through her leadership of Kinding Sindaw, the organization has been able to bring these stories as dance theater performances to libraries, schools, museums and other public venues. These performances have been able to inform the Filipino American community about the noble, ancestral heritage of the Filipinos. Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur is the Founder/Artistic Director and Tradition-Bearer of Kinding Sindaw, and a Storyteller). On July 23, 2005, Potri was enthroned as Bai a Labi a Gaus sa Borocot by the representatives from the 16 Pagawidan a Ranao in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Born and raised in the Southern Philippines, she is a daughter of the late Sultan a Gaus of the Royale House of Borocot the 15th Pagawidan of the Pat Pengempong a Ranao. She also learned the traditions of the neighboring indigenous communities. She was commissioned by PETA (Philippine Educational Theatrical Association) to write Lemlunay (Tboli epic) originally as a play in 1983. She is an award-winning poet-playwright, she was published by Roadmap Series (curated by Tita Lacambra-Ayala) Sandstorm in Jeddah, a collection of poetry of her experiences in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Co-Sponsored by:

Zeta Omega At Large – Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY | Delta Zeta Chapter, STTI – CUNY Lehman College, Bronx, NY | Guyanese Nurses Association of America | Mu Epsilon Chapter, STTI – Mount St. Mary College of New York | Mu Upsilon Chapter, STTI – CUNY College of Staten Island | National League for Nursing-NY League | New York Black Nurses Association, Inc. | Omega Chi Chapter Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc | Philippine Nurses Association of America – New York and New Jersey Chapters | Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) – Northeast Chapter

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