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The Trauma of Human Trafficking Often Goes Unrecognized


SAYREVILLE, NJ: Trauma has been the 2017 focus of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and the devastating effects of PTSD along with other health issues will be discussed at an all-day event at the Middlesex County Fire Academy on Friday, May 5.

Speaker Barbara Amaya was just 12 when she was first trafficked; she spent 10 years being sold for sex in Washington DC and New York, and the long-term health effects have been devastating. When she was still a child, she would visit the ER frequently with stab wounds and bruises, but no one ever asked her what was going on. Amaya, who was 12 when she was first sex trafficked, will tell her story

To help medical professionals better identify potential victims and community members understand the suffering faced by survivors, speaker Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, ER doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and co-founder of HEAL Trafficking, will offer trauma-informed care advice and training.  Dr. Stoklosa will speak to New Jersey to train medical professionals and community members.

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The Trauma & Human Trafficking Event - May 5 - 8:30am-3:00pm - Middlesex County Fire Academy, Sayreville NJ is Co-sponsored by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The event ispen to all with accreditation available for healthcare professionals.

 Breakfast and lunch provided with a nominal fee of $25.

The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a nonprofit made up of over 140 organizations in New Jersey, with a mission to unite NJ communities to abolish human trafficking. It runs and co-sponsors numerous events annually and has many committees such as: education, legislative, arts, healthcare and SOAP. You can find out more about human trafficking in New Jersey, our member organizations and our upcoming programs on our website: If you are interested in volunteering with the Coalition please contact us at

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