Resources & Contact Information

Here is a list of recommended reading that I try to keep current, but the publications come out much faster than I’m able to digest. Especially since I spend a lot of time reading more specific medical and technical papers. If you have any other recommendations, please feel free to leave a comment!

A series of Bridge Guides has been designed for practitioners (social workers, therapists, outreach workers, health care professionals, etc.) to help them incorporate sound health practices into their interventions. They are designed to help bridge the gap between the non-medically trained staff and local health care professionals (particularly in low-resource settings). They are also designed to help standardize and streamline the health care your beneficiaries receive under your care. They are not designed to replace a health care consultant, but may aid in decision-making.

Currently, they are being translated into Thai and Russian. With further funding, they can be translated into many other languages.

Bridge Guides include:

  • Medical kit guidelines – for your adaptation to drop-in center or residential shelter
  • Health information questionnaire (for use as an intake tool)
  • Medical Intake form – for the client’s history and physical exam – to be filled out by a doctor as an initial health check (and retained for your documentation)
  • A follow-up clinic form
  • A guide to testing for sexually transmitted infections
  • A Vaccine Primer
  • Suicide prevention guidelines
  • Sleep regulation guidelines
  • Deliberate Self-harm guidelines
  • Human Papilloma Virus: what you need to know

More Bridge Guides in process:

  • Essential practices for health care of trafficked people
  • Infectious disease policy guidelines
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis of HIV and HBV
  • Staff care/self care – avoiding compassion fatigue and burn-out

Please contact Relentless at if:

  • You would like to learn more about how to join Relentless in serving at the intersection of health and justice,
  • You would like to invite Relentless to consult with your project or organization,
  • You would like to invite Relentless to speak at your university, medical school, conference, community gathering, or place of worship about getting relentless about health care and justice.

I’m available by Skype at thaidyed4life.

“I have found Dr. Katherine Welch is “relentless” in her commitment to make an impact in the fight against human trafficking. I first met Dr. Welch at the Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville in 2010. Since that time Katherine has been an amazing resource, providing consultation specifically for ReachGlobal’s prevention project with national partners in West Bengal. Her expertise in the field of health and human trafficking has made a huge impact in providing direction for our prevention project in West Bengal. Dr. Welch serves sacrificially and is ready to come alongside other serious about making a difference.” – Sharon Mall, ReachGlobal Asia Justice Initiatives Catalyst


8 thoughts on “Resources & Contact Information

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  2. Hello Dr. Welch,
    I attended your lecture at Indiana State University last fall, but could not linger due to a teaching obligation. I recommended to you the documentary film, Sacrifice, of which you were already aware.
    I have a comment on one aspect of your presentation. You seem to have the view that all of prostitution is a negative and destructive thing, particularly for the sex workers. But I think this can be challenged in some cases. True, sex trafficking is a different matter (and I greatly appreciated your recognition of the distinction between coerced and non-coerced prostitution), and even many cases of prostitution outside of the coercive practice of trafficking can impose substantial harms. But that does not necessarily carry over to all venues and cases.
    In my research on the economics of prostitution I have come to the view that the range of experience of sex workers is quite broad, some intensely harmful, others mildly so, and at least some not harmful at all and actually beneficial. It depends on the details. The literature covers a broad range of perspectives and normative judgments.
    But in order to understand the phenomenon fully, in a scientific sense, we should be reluctant to impose our own norms into the analysis. As a medical professional, an applied scientist, really, I expect that you would recognize this on reflection. Well, I want to encourage you in that direction.
    I place great value on the kind of work you engage in with Relentless, but a narrow point of view which denies that the range of experience might include beneficial outcomes is ultimately inaccurate and subject to a trap of being criticized as hyperbole and sensationalistic, rather than level headed analysis on which effective public policy should be based.
    Here is reference to a medically based analysis of sex worker experience in Nevada, which I consider to be a balanced assessment of that particular experience. You may find it of interest. The authors are professors of nursing.
    Brents, Barbara G. and Kathryn Hausbeck. 2005. Violence and legalized brothel prostitution in Nevada: Examining safety, risk and prostitution policy. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20(3): 270-95.
    Rick Lotspeich (an do try to see the film, quite moving and engaging cinematically)

    • Hello Rick,

      Thank you for writing and I do remember you. Unfortunately, that bit of paper you gave me got misplaced so I’m glad that you wrote. I was trying to remember the name of the documentary that you recommended (there are too many these days) and now I’ve made a note of it.
      Another unfortunate bit was that the talk I gave was a broad picture of human trafficking worldwide and not a specific talk about prostitution, especially as it is in North America. I had to touch on the topic, and did point out the differences (as you noted), but could not afford the time to discuss it further.

      I don’t doubt that certain measures taken and enforced are able to protect women in the commercial sex industry. This is a luxury, and something that is virtually non-existent outside the Western world. I don’t care what “they say”, or the regulations of brothels or whatever, in my experience (13 years) the reality is that prostitution is NOT safe, even if it is somewhat of a choice. For example, there is little to deter pimps from promoting a teen as an adult. Furthermore, the “choice” is often a choice between two evils. To compare the sex industry of some places like Kolkata with Las Vegas is not even close to a fair comparison.

      On the subject of hyperbole and sensationalism, I encourage you to read my last post, “The Hyper Super Bowl of Sex Trafficking” where I make it clear that the sensationalistic “awareness” around sporting events is not backed up by data and hinders the real work of getting to real trafficking. There are other links to people who know better than I do about this sort of thing.
      Thank you for writing and I will look up that study as well.

      Best regards,

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  5. Kathy I would like to talk with you and see how I can be involved.i think my life and professional experience can be used. I know Dr Amy Heneison and she would be a reference for me!!

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