At Trusted Medical, community is at the heart of what we do. We believe our role in providing exceptional care extends beyond the traditional healthcare setting, outside of the doctor’s office, right in the heart of the community. That’s why we have partnered with Restored Hope Ministries, an organization dedicated to rescuing, restoring, and healing women and their children to normal lives who have been affected by the adverse conditions of life that include sexual exploitation and trafficking, human slavery, sexual abuse, poverty, domestic violence, and interaction with the criminal justice system.
The U.S. Department of Justice says, “of the 600,000 to 800,000 people trafficked across international borders each year, 70 percent are female and 50 percent are children. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade. The state of Texas ranks second in the country for trafficking, with more than 300,000 annual victims statewide according to research by the University of Texas. The city of Dallas ranks second in the state for trafficking, with an estimated 400 teenagers sold for sex every night on the streets of Dallas according to the Texas Human Trafficking Resource Center.
In efforts to combat this, Trusted Medical engages in anti-trafficking advocacy through the education and training of our frontline healthcare providers to increase awareness and recognize, treat, and report these cases.
Through our partnership with Restored Hope Ministries, we can continue our mission of providing exceptional healthcare and ensuring that nothing interferes with our ability to heal patients in our communities who are sick, injured, or in need of assistance.
As an innovator in healthcare, we are constantly working to improve the patient experience and make healthcare better. Our CNO, Joe Alvarado, identified a knowledge gap in healthcare: the ability to safely recognize, treat, and provide interventions to victims of human trafficking who are present in the healthcare setting.
Our work with Restored Hope has already led to the rescue and treatment of human trafficking survivors. This has a profound impact on our healthcare providers, and we will continue to seek ways in which mission of creating a better environment with more personalized care.
We asked Restored Hope what our program means for the women they save. We are all so moved by the amazing answer: