Stronger Together: Creating a Human Trafficking Collaborative Using the Baltimore Blue Dot Model

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 20, 2022

Debra Holbrook, MSN, RN, SANE-A, FNE A/P, DF-AFN, FAAN
Mercy Medical Center
Treasurer, Academy of Forensic Nursing
Thomas Stack
Thomas Stack
Detective, Montgomery County Police Department (Ret.)
Human Trafficking Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement

In 2018, Baltimore City launched a multidisciplinary collaborative of 48 federal, state, and local agencies who came together to combat human trafficking in both sex and labor along the Baltimore Washington corridor. This innovative and committed group recognized the challenges of having no central point of intake for these vulnerable victims and created the Blue Dot Initiative of Baltimore City. Understanding that the majority of these victims are strangled and the inequity of justice in demonstrating wounds in darkly pigmented victims, alternate light source technology has equalized the field of justice for victims of trafficking and is now accepted in Baltimore City court systems. Cities across the country are seeking guidance in replicating this collaborative model which has identified and offered warm hand off resources and safety to over 150 victims of trafficking in 18 months. 

This session will offer guidance in establishing effective community collaboratives, share opportunities for replicating Blue Dot care to victims of trafficking in both urban, rural, and tribal settings, and share outcomes of research measuring the efficacy of collaborative care. Case studies including sex, labor and international victim recovery will be shared.


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

  • List essential partners required in a model multi-disciplinary human trafficking collaborative.
  • Identify similarities in screening both sex and labor victims of trafficking in healthcare, school, and other community settings.
  • Describe the components of a successful central point of victim intake in the community setting.
  • Recognize disparities in justice outcomes secondary to strangulation and how alternate light source technology leads to equity in judicial outcomes.

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