A Community Human Trafficking Model in Action – Baltimore City’s Blue Dot Program

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Thomas Stack
Detective (Ret.), Human Trafficking Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement
Debra Holbrook, MSN, RN, SANE A, FNE A/P, DF-AFN, FAAN
Director Forensic Nursing, Board Member, AFN, Mercy Medical Center

How does a community begin to develop a collaborative team to address human trafficking? In 2017, the City of Baltimore took on this challenge by pioneering a grass roots effort joining over 50 critical agencies including: medical, law enforcement, Homeland Security, FBI, US Attorney’s Office, Maryland’s States Attorney’s Office, Department of Health, Department of Transportation, School Systems officials, and a host of advocacy organizations to form the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative (BCHTC) that has changed the care and prosecution of these most vulnerable victims of abuse. Under the Direction of Councilmen Kristofer Burnett and Tom Stack, this group of stakeholders works in a collaborative effort to combat both Sex and Labor Trafficking in the City of Baltimore by:

  • Raising awareness though education, law enforcement training, and media campaigns.
  • Supporting State and Federal investigations and prosecutions of traffickers.
  • Changing the mind set of law enforcement, EMS, and emergency medical staff in understanding trafficking versus “she’s just a prostitute.”
  • Supporting human trafficking survivors by providing them access to quality services through a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach.

This unique program ensures that victims of human trafficking do not fall through the cracks and makes sure that quality services are provided to the survivor 24/7/365.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify members of a community human trafficking collaborative.
  • Discuss options for 24/7 victim point of care.
  • Review plan for educating all hospitals and law enforcement agencies within urban vs. rural communities.
  • Describe methods of screening of victims and referral process into coordinated system response.


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