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Unveiling the Hidden Burden: Forced Labor in Nursing Contracts

  • 18 Jun 2024
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual



Unveiling the Hidden Burden: Forced Labor in Nursing Contracts

Presented by

Magen Kellam, JD; Law Offices of Magen E. Kellam, PA; Naples, Florida


Join us as we uncover the hidden burden of forced labor in nursing contracts, and contribute to a meaningful discussion on promoting fairness, equity, and dignity within the nursing profession.

As the United States continues to deal with healthcare staffing shortages, the industry is looking to foreign-educated nurses to fill critical roles. This demand for healthcare professionals, particularly nurses, has given rise to complex and exploitative practices within the nursing profession. This presentation aims to critically explore the issue of forced labor in nursing contracts, shedding light on the ethical, legal, and social implications of such practices. This presentation will provide a comprehensive definition of forced labor, highlighting the relevance to the nursing profession and foreign nurses.

The focus will then shift to identifying key factors that contribute to the prevalence of forced labor in nursing contracts, such as deceptive recruitment tactics, oppressive contract provisions, psychological manipulation, abuse of the legal process, and threats of severe financial harm. The presentation will further delve into the consequences of forced labor, discussing its impact on the well-being and professional development of nurses, as well as the quality of care provided to patients. Case studies will be presented to illustrate the real-life experiences of nurses who have faced forced labor situations. Attorneys and healthcare professionals will learn to identify forced labor in nursing and discuss the legal implications for facilities and healthcare companies that may be knowingly, or unknowingly, participating in such a venture. The presentation will propose actionable recommendations to tackle forced labor in nursing contracts, ranging from increased transparency and accountability to empowering nurses through education and advocacy.

Learner Objectives

  1. Understand the concept of forced labor and identify how it is being used in nursing.
  2. Discuss the legal and ethical challenges of forced labor in nursing contracts. 
  3. Raise awareness and consider the potential role of nurse attorneys and healthcare professionals in policy, practice, and leadership to combat forced labor in nursing.


Magen is an accomplished attorney with nearly two decades of experience in civil litigation, immigration, and human rights matters. She represents clients before the U.S. Immigration Service (USCIS), U.S. Immigration Court, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, as well as state and federal courts. Magen collaborates with governmental and non-governmental organizations to champion justice for foreign workers and she is best known for her work in the fight against human trafficking. Magen has represented and assisted countless survivors of sex and labor trafficking and since 2006, she has developed a focused practice working to combat the forced labor and human trafficking of foreign healthcare professionals. Magen’s mission includes seeking justice in court, immigration relief, educating the community, preventing exploitation, and empowering survivors.

Registration Rates

  • TAANA Members: $0, free to members

  • Non-Members: $39
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CLE & Nursing CE

This event is approved for CLE with the Alabama, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania state bars for live or on-demand participation. This event is approved for Nursing CE with the California Board of Nursing for live or on-demand participation. 


No refund due to cancellation. All registrants will have access to a video archive if you are unable to attend in person.

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