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CHAM Physician Gives Moving TED Talk on Human Trafficking

How to spot human trafficking | Kanani Titchen | TEDxGeorgeSchool

The numbers associated with human sex trafficking are staggering, but the lives of victims and survivors are what stay with us. In this talk, Kanani Titchen, MD, a second year fellow in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHAM, reveals her experiences as a physician whose interactions with trafficked patients opened her eyes to a parallel world previously unseen.

She encountered human sex trafficking for the first time during a gynecologic rotation while in medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kanani served as the 2013-2014 President of the American Medical Women’s Association National Resident Division. During her tenure as President, she trained with Girls’ Educational & Mentoring Services in New York City and created an online video tutorial to educate doctors about human sex trafficking.

She has authored numerous articles for medical journals and for the lay press about US child sex trafficking and physician education, and she has advocated for sex trafficking survivors at the United Nations and at the US Department of Health and Human Services.