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Combating Human Trafficking The Roles of the Legal and Medical Professions

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The BTI Institute hosted a Brown Bag focused on the roles of the legal and medical communities in combating human trafficking. 

Date: January 31, 2019

Time: 12 to 1:30 pm

Location: Skyline Room (SKY223), Student Center South, University of Houston, 4455 University Dr., Houston, TX 77204

According to Polarisproject.org, human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. In some cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into providing commercial sex. In others, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world. (https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking)

Our guest speakers included:

Juhi Jain, MD Fellow Emory/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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Juhi Jain, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician who graduated from Baylor College of Medicine’s Pediatric Residency Program and is currently pursuing her pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship at Emory/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Biochemistry and Anthropology with a minor in dance and medical school from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2015. She is an avid advocate for anti-human trafficking work since medical school. In Houston she was a member and the anti-human trafficking committee chair of Doctors for Change, a non-profit organization focused on building a healthier Houston through advocacy, for 3 years. She founded THRIVE clinic in Miami for survivors of human trafficking and worked with Doctors for Change, Ben Taub, CHI St. Lukes, San Jose Clinic and the Mayor’s office in Houston to build a collaborative, citywide model for multidisciplinary trauma-informed healthcare and victim services for human trafficking survivors in Houston. She has been awarded the Adrienne Arsht Research in Ethics grant, planned multiple symposiums and conferences, and given numerous lectures including grand rounds to students, residents and physicians on human trafficking and the role of the medical professional.


Edward Gallagher, JD Adjunct Professor University of Houston Law Center
Edward Gallagher has been a federal prosecutor for 28 years and is currently assigned to the Narcotics Enforcement Section of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas. Before transferring to the drug section in May 2016, Gallagher spent over fourteen years overseeing the Major Offender’s Section with prosecutors assigned to the Immigration Crimes unit, the organized crime strike force and gang unit, and the civil rights/human trafficking unit. Gallagher spent over twenty years as the district’s coordinator for organized crime and international affairs. 
Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano, PhD, LLM, JD Director Center for U.S. and Mexican Law
Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano is Director of the Center of U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center, and Adjunct Faculty on “Comparative Health Law” of the Health Law and Policy Institute in this same university. He obtained his PhD. in Public Health Law at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, where he studied a degree (DEA Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) on Droit public comparé des Etats Européens (1997). He earned his Law Degree (1995) and Master’s degree in European Union Law (1996) at the University Complutense of Madrid in Spain. 

López de la Osa Escribano has taught as Professor of Administrative Law at the University Complutense of Madrid Law School, and at the University of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) in France. He has taught “Biotechnology and Law” at the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Spain. He is a lawyer in Madrid Bar having done litigation before civil, criminal and administrative jurisdictions, and an associate member of several academic research centers, like the Institut d’etudes lberiques et iberico-americaines and the Centre Pau Droit Public at the UPPA in France. 

López de la Osa Escribano’s research focuses on international and comparative law issues and how legal systems interact, especially between the US and Mexico, and in European Union Law. Also, in terms of Health Law, he specializes in doctor-patient legal relationship and medical risk management related to Medical Malpractice Professional Insurance Law, as well as Biotechnology and Life Sciences Law. He has written several works in the field of Public Law and Health law in France and Spain. His research also centers on fundamental rights and their enforcement to protect a major right to healthcare access.

*Unfortunately, at this time, Ms. Zack is unable to attend due to the government shutdown.  

*Sherri Lynn Zack, JD Human Trafficking Coordinator Southern District of Texas
A criminal prosecutor with over 20 years of federal and state experience specializing in cases involving the sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking. Currently the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Southern District of Texas responsible for coordinating investigations and prosecutions with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Deputy Chief of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, a multi-agency task force working with law enforcement and non-governmental organizations to combat both international and domestic sex trafficking. Accomplished trial attorney and oral advocate dedicated to seeking justice. A published writer, a frequent speaker on the subjects of online child exploitation, domestic minor sex trafficking, animal crush prosecutions.