2015 SAFEta Webinar Series: Human Trafficking: what every nurse should know

Health care provider misperceptions, competing priorities in the clinical setting, and a lack of training have all been identified as significant barriers to health care professionals’ ability to identify patients who are being trafficked. In the context of health care in North America, few organizations have formal screening practices, written policies or protocols for responding to the needs of trafficking victims. Lack of screening practices represent a critical short coming within the medical community especially considering we are referring to a population that does not typically self-identify as being victims or voluntarily disclose their victimization. For providers who have received training, the trainings are often provided by non-medical professionals and focus on awareness building or the general dynamics of the human trafficking phenomenon. Although these are important factors, providers also need guidance in medical screening, assessment, interventions and referrals. Today, we have an expert in the forensic medical evaluation of patients with histories of trafficking and exploitation who will expand on the dynamics of trafficking within the context of nursing practice.

Handouts from the webinar:

Human Trafficking Webinar Handout
Amara legal center trafficking screening tool
Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide from OVC
Blueprint: A multidisciplinary approach to the domestic sex trafficking of girls by Rebecca Epstein and Peter Edelman
>Human Trafficking: Guidebook on Identification, Assessment, and Response in the Healthcare Setting from MA General and MA Medical Society


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