HEAL Trafficking Webinar – Rethinking Representation: Framing Human Trafficking for Health Professionals

Representation is “the description or portrayal of someone or something in a particular way or as being of a certain nature”. This presentation explores how the anti-trafficking movement represents human trafficking in its public awareness efforts via visual media, stories and testimonies, and data and statistics. By the end of the training, participants will be able to identify common missteps and promising practices to utilize a trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach to authentically sharing information about human trafficking for health professionals.

 Ms. McCallum is the Task Force Coordinator for the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force. As Task Force Coordinator, she works with a wide variety of partners from law enforcement, social services, and other sectors to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration to combat human trafficking. She began her interest in anti-trafficking efforts as part of a collaborative ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Fellowship, studying human trafficking of vulnerable populations in Southeast Asia. She also conducted advocacy, outreach, and education on human trafficking issues within the Pacific Northwest following her research. Leanne most recently worked at the University of Denver’s Human Trafficking Center as the Human Trafficking Index Project Manager, where she managed the research index and provided human trafficking expertise as an HTC staff member. She earned her Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, graduating with concentrations in Human Rights and Human Trafficking. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Linfield College with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Political Science.


  • Identify common missteps within health care & mainstream human trafficking representation and where those ideas originated
  • Explore what “representation” means and how human trafficking practitioners use it and why it’s important
  • Identify common missteps within the mainstream & health care’s human trafficking representation and where those ideas originated
  • Discuss best practices in representation of trafficking for health professionals
  • Consider how to apply best practices to health professionals’ anti-trafficking efforts and awareness raising

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