Dec 3 2019
Dec 3 2019: 8:30am–11:45am

Domestic Minor Sex Tafficking: Partnerships, Patient Care, and Prevention for Pediatric and Psychiatric Professionals

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.


Emily Lowenhaupt, MD, FAAP completed the Combined Training Program in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in June of 2007, after receiving her medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia and her undergraduate degree in environmental science and public policy from Harvard College (Magna cum laude).

As a pediatrician and child psychiatrist, Dr. Lowenhaupt has been providing and implementing care to children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Rhode Island over the past 12 years in a variety of settings, most recently as consulting medical and psychiatric director at the Rhode Island Training School (the state's only juvenile correctional facility under the direction of the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families). She is the representative for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) on the Board of the National Commission for Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), and also serves on the Adoption/Foster Care committee of AACAP. Her areas of interest include the treatment of children and adolescents in foster care and the juvenile justice system, moral development and disruptive behavior disorders, and medical education.

Anish Raj, MD is currently a fifth-year resident and co-chief resident in the Triple Board Program (pediatrics/psychiatry/child and adolescent psychiatry) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received his medical degree from the Florida State University College of Medicine in 2015 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2011. As a combined program trainee, Dr. Raj has had the privilege of collaborating closely with the child protection team at the Aubin Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and mental health services offered through Bradley Hospital. His academic interests primarily revolve around serving sex trafficked youth, and his work in the field has allowed him opportunities to present on the subject at various institutions’ grand rounds, as well as nationally at both the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting. He currently serves on the statewide Rhode Island Human Trafficking Taskforce and nationally as the resident liaison to the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Meagan Fitzgerald, MS, CCLS has earned her master’s degree in child life and family centered care. Fitzgerald has specialized training in child life services with emphasis on psychosocial development and effective coping strategies for hospitalized children and victims of crime. Her main goal is to reduce the potential stress associated with the medical experience through education at a developmentally appropriate level. Fitzgerald provides formal preparation for colposcopy examinations and forensic evidence kits, and continues to follow-up with victims after their evaluation as they transition to other community agencies. Fitzgerald is responsible for completing Rhode Island’s first My Life My Choice adolescent group, aimed to decrease the risk of young girl’s involvement in domestic minor sex trafficking. In addition, Fitzgerald has presented at both a national and regional child life conference, to promote victim work in the hospital setting.

Detective Michael Iacone, MA, BA has been a police officer for the city of Cranston since 2002. He is currently assigned as a detective in the special victims unit where he handles all sexually-based crimes, as well as crimes against children and the elderly. In 2002, Detective Iacone graduated from Salve Regina University with a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice. He went on to earn his master’s degree in administration of justice and homeland security from Salve Regina University in 2009.

At this time, Detective Iacone is assigned to both the FBI and HSI Task Force dealing with the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children. Detective Iacone is the law enforcement representative for the Citizens Review Panel at Hasbro Children's Hospital/Aubin Child Protection Center. This multi-disciplinary team consists of physicians, as well as representatives from the Attorney General’s Office, DCYF, Office of the Child Advocate, and Day One. The team meets weekly to discuss cases of child maltreatment and to determine appropriate measures for each case. Detective Iacone has shown a particular interest in the long-term mental health outcomes of his victims, and he has taken an active role by co-facilitating a support group for adolescent female victims of sexual abuse.

Timothy Owens, LMHC is a licensed mental health clinician who is a qualified level treatment provider for the treatment of sexually abusive youth in the state of Rhode Island.  He is currently employed by Rhode Island Hospital and is the Lifespan behavioral health team’s clinical program coordinator at the Rhode Island Training School – Youth Development Center (RITS-YDC), Rhode Island’s only juvenile correctional facility.  He has been working at the RITS-YDC for the past seven years and currently oversees the individual and group treatment programs for all youth at the facility.  In addition to his work at the RITS-YDC, Owens is also an associate teaching faculty member in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University. Owens earned his master’s degree in 2011 in forensic psychology from Roger Williams University and his bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology in 2007 from the University of Rhode Island. While at Roger Williams University, Owens’ research focused on “Predicting Recidivism Among Juvenile Sex Offenders: The Utility of the ERASOR and the SAVRY.”


This session will start with a brief exercise to explore the implicit biases that influence the terminology and approaches to confronting domestic minor sex trafficking. Subsequently, an overview of the topic will be provided, along with an appraisal of common misconceptions. The talk will then touch on the role of healthcare providers in serving sex trafficked youth. Local estimates of epidemiology, as well as societal and individual risk factors for exploitation will be addressed. Next, a case example will be employed to explore appropriate screening/identification and possible interventions. Finally, ongoing victim services, psychiatric co-morbidities, and long-term care will be discussed. Additional information regarding the interface of sex trafficking with law enforcement, child protective services, and the juvenile justice system will be provided. An innovative curriculum targeted at males will also be expounded on. The goal will be that audience members leave with an enhanced comfort level with regards to identifying, responding to, and serving pediatric victims and survivors of sex trafficking.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Define domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and identify community and individual risk factors for exploitation.
  2. Discuss mental health co-morbidities associated with sex trafficking.
  3. Examine the interface of minor sex trafficking with law enforcement, child protective services, and the juvenile justice system.
  4. Discuss the community resources and services available to serve sex trafficked youth, including novel prevention methods.


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • Three CE hours/credits (see below) 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered 


  • Program fee: $59 
  • Online registration closes on Monday, December 2.
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

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To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

Continuing Education Hours/Credit

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Credit Designation:  Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Psychologists: Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists.