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Mercy Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator Identified for Federal Advisory Council

The MedQuarter | November 1st, 2019

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Teresa Davidson

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (October 31, 2019) – President Trump announced his intention this week to appoint Mercy’s anti-human trafficking coordinator, Teresa Davidson, to a national council against human trafficking.

Once her appointment is signed, Davidson will be one of nine people that are part of the Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking.  As a part of the council, Davidson will serve a two-year term, acting in a consultant role to make recommendations on federal anti-trafficking policies.

“I’m honored to be among those selected for this committee,” said Davidson.  “Putting an end to human trafficking has been my life’s work and passion for the past six years.  Through my experiences, I feel I’ve gained valuable insight into the causes and devastating effects that trafficking can have on the lives of so many.  To be part of solving this problem on a national level is both humbling and exciting.”

Davidson was named Mercy’s anti-trafficking coordinator in May 2018, serving in the first hospital-based position of its kind in Iowa and one of just a handful in the country. She is responsible for leading the hospital’s efforts to strengthen the comprehensive response to victims of human trafficking.

In addition to her role at Mercy, Davidson is the co-founder and president of an eastern Iowa anti-human trafficking organization called Chains Interrupted.