Continue Your Support to Protect Children From Sex Trafficking!
Although the Indiegogo campaign has ended, our work is only beginning and we are continuing to fundraise. If you want to help Dr. Titchen, you can still donate by mailing a check to:
AMWA, 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130, Reston, VA 20190.
Please write on the memo of the check: Human Trafficking
You can also donate online via AMWA's donation page:
Read about Dr. Titchen's vision below:
I'm Dr. Kanani Titchen, resident pediatrician at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware, and Resident Division President of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA).
I need your help to build a tool that will train doctors to identify and help victims of sex trafficking.
Back when I was still in medical school, I treated a young woman and noticed she had a tattoo that might have indicated her body was for sale. My colleagues and I raised our eyebrows but said nothing and went about our work.
But I couldn't get the image out of my head. I began to wonder about her story and if I had missed an opportunity to help her.
I began to do some research into sex trafficking and healthcare and what I learned shocked me:
HALF of all new HIV cases are among 13-24 year olds
Children as young as 7 years old are being trafficked
- Child sex trafficking is occurring in all 50 U.S. states
We need your tax-deductible donation to help these children -- please donate now.
Help Me Train Doctors
Although physicians are in a unique position to identify and intervene for these victims, we are missing them, because we’re not looking for them.
I conducted a survey of more than 1000 physicians and medical students:
When we consider these victims often live in a state of fear inflicted by their captors, they are more likely to hide the very clues that could help them to safety when seeing a doctor.
This is What I'm Going To Do
AMWA will create an online resource to teach doctors the hidden signs and proper resources that can help these children to safety.
This program will have:
A compelling educational video that reinforces all key learning points
- Downloadable presentation materials
- Class scheduling component for doctors to invite others to training sessions
- Map to show the number and location of classes taught and sharing statistics
We need funds to:
Build and design the website and social media interactions
Rent equipment and vehicles to film leading physicians and traffic survivors
- Purchase media space to begin promoting the tool at launch
Your Donation is Tax DeductibleThis project is a program of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA). AMWA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization so your donation is tax deductible. For nearly a century, AMWA has been committed to women's health and the advancement of women in medicine. AMWA understands that sex trafficking is a critical issue for public health, and gender equality. All proceeds from this campaign will go into a special account dedicated to the production of this project.
This Is An Enduring Campaign
When you help this tool and its associated curriculum to be brought out into medical colleges and the professional community, you're making something that's going to stay up for a long time. AMWA will remain committed to the message and the issue and will use the social features of the site to continually spread the message and better prepare doctors to intervene on behalf of these children.
Our Team is Experienced and Dedicated:
Kanani Titchen, MD, is the 2013 winner of the APPD MidAtlantic Resident Research Award for her research into child sex trafficking and healthcare, is 2013-2014 National Residency Division President for AMWA, and remains a dedicated pediatric resident in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE.
Dr. Eliza Lo Chin, MD, MPH, is Executive Director and Past President of the American Medical Women's Association and editor of This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine.
Dr. Douglas Howard Chin, MD, FACS, is a practicing surgeon and activist dedicated to advancing public health and gender equality. He has long had an interest in helping victims of international human trafficking and has worked with organizations around the world.
Stuart Culpepper is a creative director and producer of digital, broadcast, and social media. He is a Webby Award winner and produced the campaign for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that won Twitter's Golden Tweet, the award for most re-tweeted message of 2011.
Help By Sharing This Campaign
Even if you're not in a position to donate, please use the sharing tools on this site to link this page to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or YouTube streams.
Notice: this campaign is the creation of Dr. Kanani Titchen and the American Medical Women's Association and is not associated with either Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia or A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware.