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2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T 37 TEACHING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM When Suzanne Harrison speaks to other offshoot that Harrison helped to create. She taught a roomful of health-care team members some health professionals outward signs of human trafficking, such as bruises, missing about treating victims of teeth and ruptured eardrums (from getting smacked in the human trafficking, she head). She told them to notice whether fearful young patients invariably hears: “We’re were being controlled by another person, possibly someone ready, but we never see who didn’t want them to be candid with the doctor. them in our office.” Actually, the patients are there. Most doctors just don’t recognize them. That’s why Harrison, professor of family medicine and rural health, teaches not only her medical students but also Harrison calls the traffickers rapists and grumbles, “I’m embarrassed that this is happening in my country.” When speaking of the people upon whom they prey, however, she is pure compassion. “What do you do when you suspect somebody may be the community about how to identify – and care for – people trafficked?” she asked the participants. “First of all, like with caught up in this modern incarnation of slavery, vulnerable cases of abuse, we don’t ask any questions at all if we can’t people exploited for commercial sex or forced labor. get the patient alone. We don’t want to increase their risk of Harrison is just one example of a faculty member whose serious injury. You also don’t want to ask in front of a family classroom extends far beyond the College of Medicine’s walls. member. Instead, create a situation where you can get them alone.” She recently presented “Human Trafficking: A Call Also, she said: “Reassure them frequently. Let them tell to Action for Healthcare Professionals” at the Florida their story their own way, when they’re ready. Unless they’re Department of Health in Leon County. The session was in danger.” co-sponsored by the College of Medicine; the Survive & Even then, don’t try to be a hero, she said. The STAC Thrive Advocacy Center, home of legal expert Robin Hassler center knows the law and knows about how to keep people Thompson; the American Medical Women’s Association, safe. STAC people also know when it’s time to call in law where Harrison is wrapping up a year as president; and enforcement. Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans, an AMWA “We need to put the patient’s issues first,” she said. RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE Insight Into Diversity magazine recognized the College 2017 Inspiring L