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From Shadows to Light: Addressing the Aftermath of Human Trafficking

  Human trafficking is a violation of human rights that leaves profound and lasting impacts on victims and society. The consequences are multifaceted, encompassing physical, psychological, and socioeconomic hardships that persist long after the trafficking experience ends. Victims endure severe conditions, including forced labor, significant health risks, and intense mental trauma. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is prevalent among survivors, often accompanied by cognitive impairment, depression, and, in extreme cases, suicide. Socially, victims face isolation, loss…

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Invisible Chains: Human Trafficking, Drug Abuse, and Support

Despite the physical force that is often portrayed in movies, human traffickers more often lure their victims using psychological tactics. As a result, the victims can become dependent on the traffickers and the substances they supply. Trauma-informed care and advocacy are actions first responders, legislators, and others can take to
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Fentanyl Hazards and Detection

The deadly opioid epidemic in the United States does not stop at overdoses. It also poses life-threatening exposure to first responders who arrive on scene. Learn about the new ways scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are expanding detection strategies and technologies to keep these responders safe.
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A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

Reports about North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korean territory were intriguing. However, this incident raises public health concerns and the question of whether fecal matter could be utilized in modern times as an effective biological weapon.
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The Nexus Between Drug and Human Trafficking

Transnational criminal organizations are using their experience in drug trafficking to utilize routes and operating procedures to take advantage of other criminal opportunities, such as human trafficking.

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The Psychology of Crisis

The psychological side of a disaster or other impactful event is a critical component of crisis management. However, many people still do not fully understand

Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

Those working in emergency response roles can face periods of prolonged stress, which takes a toll on their health and well-being. It is important to

The Missing Plague Vials

A true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities again demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities and

Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

Emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but what about mental fitness? Without focused mental agility in

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From Shadows to Light: Addressing the Aftermath of Human Trafficking

  Human trafficking is a violation of human rights that leaves profound and lasting impacts on victims and society. The consequences are multifaceted, encompassing physical, psychological, and socioeconomic hardships that persist long after the trafficking experience ends. Victims endure severe conditions, including forced labor, significant health risks, and intense mental trauma. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is prevalent among survivors, often accompanied by cognitive impairment, depression, and, in extreme cases, suicide. Socially, victims face isolation, loss…

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The “R” Word

Resilience has multiple meanings for public health, emergency, and homeland security management professionals. However, the objective of building resilience should

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National Preparedness Efforts Among Tribal Communities

Participants at the National Tribal Emergency Management Council’s annual conference in August shared some key takeaways for tribal and nontribal communities to improve their disaster

Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency defines the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector as one of “16 critical infrastructure sectors.” Read about this sector’s numerous

Planning for A Cross-Country Special Event

A solar eclipse is a unique form of special event that does not always fall under emergency planning protocols, but it should. This article urges

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