2016 Student Global Health Initiative Conference Program



8:00am – 8:30am


8:30am – 8:40am


Michael Hardman PhD

Chief Global OfficerUniversity of Utah

8:40am – 9:25am

Keynote Address:Health Beyond Borders

Eduardo Banzon, MD

Senior Health SpecialistAsian Development Bank

9:25am – 9:55am

Local Refugee Community Leaders: Refugees Promoting Wellness

Gyanu DulalHajie GollValentine MukundenteAntoinette UwanyiugiraMODERATOR: Grant Sunada

Bhutanese CommunityLiberian CommunityBest of Africa LeaderCongolese CommunityMPH, Doctoral Student

10:00am – 10:15am


10:15am – 10:45am

Plenary 1:Human Trafficking & Immigration: Witnessing (De) Valued Subjects in a Post 9-11 Era

Annie Fukushima, PhD

Asst Professor, College of Social WorkUniversity of Utah

10:45am – 11:15am

Plenary 2:Where Respect and Pragmatism Intersect: Empowerment, Markets, and Refugee Camps

Dominic Montagu, PhD

UC San Francisco

11:15am – 11:45am

Student Research Panel

11:45am – 1:00pm

Lunch with Mentors/Student Poster Mingle

Ask the Expert: Global and Refugee Health





HSEB 2938

HSEB 2948

HSEB 2958

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Keri Gibson, MD OB/GYN

Mara Rabin, MD Medical Director, UHHR

Dominic Montagu, PhDUC San Francisco

“Culturally Competent Care for the Ob/Gyn Patient: Implications of FGM on Women’s Health”

Speaking the unspeakable: Important health considerations in the care of torture survivors

Private Healthcare in Developing Countries: Why, Where and For Whom

1:55pm – 2:40pm

Amelia Self, MSWUT State Health Department, Refugee ResettlementJi won ChangBioinformatics Data AnalystU of U Dept of Epidiology

Debra Penney, PhD , CNM, MPH, MSU of U College of Nursing

Melissa Moeinvaziri, MScU of U Law Student

Refugee Resettlement: Overview of Utah State Refugee Policy

Dealing with Difference in the Health Encounter: Muslim Encounters

Asylum, Deportation, and Human Rights: Intersections of law and health in the refugee context

2:50pm – 3:35pm

Amelia Self, MSWUT State Health Department Refugee Resettlement

Eduardo Banzon, MDSenior Health SpecialistAsian Development Bank

Local Refugee Community Leaders

Mental Health of refugees

Pursuing Universal Health Coverage in Asia and the Pacific

Refugees Promoting Wellness

3:40pm – 4:30pm

Final words, mixer, ice cream

Freedom Network USA 2016 Conference

Bridging the Gap: Building a Movement through Partnership, Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution

Palmer House, Illinois, Chicago
April 4-5, 2016

Human trafficking is a complex issue that impacts millions of individuals, families, and communities globally. Yet too often it is discussed as a solitary phenomenon without taking into consideration the multiple factors that create vulnerability or the composite response necessary to successfully address the needs of victims and survivors. This year’s conference embraces intersectionality: a framework that examines overlapping oppressions.

The Freedom Network’s 14th annual conference, Bridging the Gap: Building a Movement through Partnership, Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution, seeks to embrace this complexity and forge partnerships—taking trafficking out of its silo to explore its root causes and best practice interventions. We welcome current (and future!) anti-trafficking stakeholders to join us as we endeavor to better understand human trafficking as it intersects with a variety of systems, institutions and social concerns.

Register Today

Conference Details


Featured Speakers include: Survivors of Human Trafficking and Office for Victim of Crime Consultants; Attorneys of Immigrant, Worker, and Victim Rights; Representatives of Law Enforcement and Government Agencies; Medical Professionals; the Freedom Network Members, comprising of Advocates, Attorneys, Professors, Social Workers, and Experts working on Human Trafficking. Hear from 60+ different anti-trafficking experts, attend plenaries, panels and workshops, network with our members, and join the movement.

Conference Workshop Themes

  • Human Rights
  • Praxis and Research
  • Case studies of Individuals & Groups
  • Child Welfare
  • Culture & Difference
  • Disabilities & Human Trafficking
  • Domestic Violence  & Human Trafficking
  • The Drug Industry
  • Federal Overview and perspectives in Anti-Trafficking Endeavors
  • Freedom Network Training Institute
  • Legal and social perceptions of fraud
  • Healthcare responses
  • Housing First
  • Intervention courts
  • Investigation & Prosecution
  • Labor/Worker Rights & Labor Trafficking
  • Laws & Policy
  • Media Representation, Messaging, & Misinformation
  • Task Forces & Collaboration
  • Transgender People’s Experiences
  • Victim Compensation
  • Past, Present, and Future Directions of the Anti-Trafficking Movement: Reflections with the Freedom Network Founders and Survivors of Human Trafficking

Award Ceremony

We invite all conference attendees to join us for our Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award Ceremony on April 4th at 6:30PM.
For updates on the Program, visit: http://freedomnetworkusa.org/news-events/annual-conference/

Contact the Co-Chairs Annie Isabel Fukushima and Megan Mahoney or our National Coordinator, Melinda Smith  at conference@freedomnetworkusa.org