Yesterday, NurseTogether.com featured the second article in a series I’m writing for them which is specifically for nursing professionals who identify human trafficking victims.
You can go read the second article by clicking here.
If you missed the first article in the series, you can access it by clicking here.
Even if you are not a nurse, consider sharing these articles with a friend or family member who is a nursing professional.
Raising awareness is the key to abolishing modern-day slavery. Even something as simple as sharing an article with someone you know, could in fact save a life.
Choose to take action today!
Create awareness on your job, in your community, in your family, and within your circle of influence. What you choose to do or choose not to do truly matters.
Focus on doing what you can do to end slavery.
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An article I wrote focusing on how nursing professionals can identify human trafficking victims ran as a feature article on NurseTogether.com
Here is the link to the article.
Please consider sharing this article with any nursing professionals or nursing students you may know.
The very action of sharing what we know, creates awareness about this horrible injustice plaguing our society. We cannot turn our heads and choose to do nothing why innocent women, men, teens, and children are stolen from their families.
In a staggering number of human trafficking cases the victim may actually be trafficked by a family member.
This is exactly why nursing professionals must educate themselves on these critical items:
1. What is human trafficking (a.k.a. modern-day slavery),and how is it defined?
2. What are the key indicators or red flags, which signal to me as a nursing professional that a patient or client is or could potentially be a victim of human trafficking?
3. What subjective and objective data does a nursing professional need to capture and record? And whom needs to get this information, and how is that information communicated?
4. What are the next steps to take once an actual or potential human trafficking victim is identified?
Awareness is the first step in breaking a link in the chain of injustice.
Then after awareness, action must take place
Last night my husband decided to listen to several YouTube videos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They were videos of several of his most memorable speeches. We decided to listen to one in particular entitled: “If I Had Sneezed…” As Dr. King’s voice filled our bedroom, I heard the passion, I heard the commitment, but most importantly I heard the unwavering hope in every word he uttered.
Hope that echoed, and resonated with something inside of me. Hope is a powerful force. It’s right up there with faith and love. Perhaps that is why God chose to put it between faith, HOPE, and love. But His Word says, “and the greatest of these is LOVE.”
Dr. King understood love. He loved in the midst of hate. He hoped in the midst of despair.
Perhaps many of us need to examine why our hope is faltering. Why are you feeling bitter? Why do you think of yourself better than any another person, better than any other race or culture of people?
My friend…let me encourage you to examine your heart today. I challenge you to think in hope as it relates to the injustices in the world today. Don’t turn your head thinking that it’s someone else’s responsibility to confront injustice. The truth is that it’s everyone’s responsibility to combat injustice.
How do you combat it? You combat it by doing what you do.
If you write- then write about it. If you sing- then sing about it. If you paint- then create art about it. If you speak – then record a video and post it to YouTube.
Who knows…you could be the voice to resonant inside someone else prompting them to take action just like I did.
Do what you do best, and let hope fight the hopelessness of injustice around the world.
I simply love the way the Message translation puts 1 Corinthians 13:13 -
“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust streadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”
“Hope unswervingly”….WOW….Yep! Sounds like a plan to me.