Update on CEU meetings for 2021 - The SAART board is diligently keeping a close eye on the recommendations from the medical community as well as government guidance to plan for our CEU trainings in 2021. We will most likely be continuing virtually through the summer, but will make a decision about the location of each meeting on a case by case basis throughout the year in order to follow the most current guidance at the time. Please watch your inbox for information about each particular meeting.
June Topic - Identifying and Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking in a Clinical Setting
Presenter: Kerri Taylor, Executive Director of Unbound Houston
Did you know you have potential to encounter victims of trafficking in your workplace? Contrary to popular images, victims of trafficking are rarely locked away in a room or chained to a door. Victims are bound by emotional and mental bonds and through addiction. This physical mobility means that they are interacting with the world while their victimization and abuse goes undetected. We want every man, woman and child experiencing trafficking to have the chance to be seen and offered help. This is where you come in.
We focus on those professionals who may stand in the gap between a victim and their trafficker, providing trainings to law enforcement, medical professionals, business owners, school faculty and staff, bus and taxi drivers and more.
For more information about Unbound please visit: https://www.unboundhouston.org/about-unbound
1. Understand different types of human trafficking and their local, statewide, and international prevalence.
2. Recognize human trafficking indicators and red flags in a clinical setting
3. Discover immediate healthcare needs of identified victims
4. Develop ability for a trauma informed response
5. Learn about available resources for victim service and aftercare
About the Presenter:
Kerri Taylor is the Executive Director of Unbound Houston, the local chapter of Unbound, an international anti-human trafficking organization which focuses on domestic minor sex trafficking with specific emphasis on prevention efforts with at-risk youth. Unbound works to activate the community to fight human trafficking. Their prevention education program Keeping Our Students Safe was awarded a grant by the Office of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team. Here in the Bay Area, they are dedicated to public awareness, demand reduction efforts, professional training, and providing support to survivors. In January of 2020, Unbound Houston opened their advocacy center with 4 CSEY advocates serving minor and youth survivors of sex trafficking. They have a 5th advocate serving adult survivors.
Kerri serves on the board of the Brazoria County United Front Coalition to Fight Human Trafficking which brings educators, advocates, business people, medical professionals, and law enforcement together to cross-train, coordinate, collaborate and create a continuum of services for survivors of human trafficking in that community. In addition, she is a member of the No Trafficking Zone board for NRG established in 2020, and serves alongside other advocates in Galveston County as a coordinated response to human trafficking is developed through the Galveston County Crisis Response Team (GCCRT.
Kerri earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University where she majored in Education with a specialization in speech pathology and audiology. She subsequently earned her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Throughout her career, Kerri specialized in serving the birth to three population, as well as adult rehab patients. She is a retired speech/language pathologist in private practice, where she specialized in adult neurogenic disorders. In 2019 she was named Galveston County’s woman of the year by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. Texas Nurse Practitioners recognized her as one of the nominees for the 2020 Texas Nurse Practitioner Visionary Award, stating she was a leader and valuable partner to the healthcare system.
Kerri is married to Texas State Senator Larry Taylor. They celebrate 39 years of marriage and have three adult children as well as four grandchildren, Lila Rose, Micah, Asher and Chase Truman Taylor.