TRAINING MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
Up to 88% of victims seek medical care/treatment while being trafficked, and clinicians often misdiagnose these individuals and miss the signs due to lack of training and knowledge.
(Lederer & Whetzel, 2014)
Global Strategic Operatives, founded by Deborah O'Hara Rusckowski, Global Ambassador of The Selah Way Foundation, is a training arm devoted specifically to equipping the medical community to identify the signs and symptoms of sex trafficking and teaches them how to assess and provide safety for patients. Medical professionals are literally on the front lines, so educating them is essential in eradicating sex trafficking. This training arm creates an entirely new layer of protection for victims of this crime.
Through a policy and system-wide approach, we provide trainings led by survivors and expert clinicians to healthcare providers, beginning with the highest levels of the organization. Once trained, healthcare providers know how to confidently take action internally and through external partnerships to best serve survivors.
Healthcare Systems trained by Global Strategic Operatives in collaboration with The Selah Way Foundation:
ADVOCATE AURORA HEALTH
HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
BAYLOR HARRIS HEALTH
RWJ BARNABAS HEALTH
Over 250,000 more are being trained internationally in 2021.
Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski is critical care nurse by training with a BSN, MBA and a Master’s in Theology with a concentration in bioethics. After working in healthcare and the private sector for 30+ years, she now a Delegate for the Order of Malta’s Mission at the United Nations, focused on human trafficking and the global refugee crisis. She is the founder of Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking. She provides educational and training presentations to healthcare providers, airline personnel, government employees, corporations and universities on human trafficking. She works closely with Homeland Security and law enforcement. She supports an anti-human trafficking educational exhibit in Haiti which rotates regularly around the country. Deb participated in the Catholic Church’s new Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking at the Vatican.
Deb founded Nurses With Global Impact, Inc. in 2016 as a resource for nurses and to recognize those doing extraordinary work and making a global impact in healthcare. She has a passion for healthcare missions: Haiti (15+ years), Philippines, Dominican Republic and Bosnia Herzogovina, where she was a member of a Crisis Intervention Team with National Organization for Victim’s Assistance (NOVA) of Washington, DC, to work with women and girls who survived rape camps. She was a member of the Federal Disaster Medical Team that was deployed to NYC on 9/11/01.
Deb is an active member on a number of non-profit boards: former two term Board of Councilor with the Order of Malta, American Association, and continues as a member of the Medical Committee for the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage. Deb also sits on the boards of Malteser International Americas, RAD-AID, Int’l, World Youth Alliance, the Gold Foundation, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center. She is a former member of the CRUDEM Board for 8 years, chaired the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, was on the Board of Boston’s Healthcare for the Homeless Program for 5 years, and spent 4 years on the Board of the American Heart Association as Chair of Public Advocacy. Deb was the Director of Respect Life Education for the Archdiocese of Boston for 8 years. She continues to teach the late John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. She helped start-up Pure in Heart, a 501(C3) young adult life and chastity ministries in Boston, Haiti, Kenya, Ireland and UK.
SUCCESS AND IMPACT
Nada Wakim, PhD, RN, NE-BCAVP of Nursing & Case Management, South Miami Hospital
"It has been my honor and pleasure to work on this initiative. I could not think of a better cause to support and engage my staff as we work to better identify and care for potential human trafficking victims.”
“Wow! This was very eye opening. I am profoundly impacted by the information that was shared."
“Very well organized, moving and informative. I loved the true stories. We connected with the speakers.”