Raise Awareness: In Your Healthcare Setting
Recent studies show that over 80% of survivors sought medical care while being trafficked, but they were not identified. Physicians, Nurses, EMT’s, Social Workers, Dentists - all healthcare professionals - are in a great position to identify victims of violence if they have the proper training and resources.
To learn more about recognition and how to employ a trauma informed response in the healthcare setting, follow the links below. If you would like to speak to someone about this topic, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Attention Healthcare Team”.
Human Trafficking in Healthcare: How Would You Respond?
Please watch and share this important short film with anyone who works in healthcare, from ancillary staff to clinicians.
The film addresses the topics of recognition and response to a patient who is being trafficked. Those in healthcare will begin to learn how to create “safe spaces" for patients utilizing a trauma informed approach. When we offer care with respect and compassion - meeting our patients “where they are” - we provide opportunities for trust and rapport building. By developing a healing-centered environment, we may help a patient feel comfortable enough to share their situation and seek help.
Healthcare Training & Other Resources
The Learn to Identify & Fight Trafficking (LIFT) training provides education for healthcare providers on how to identify and assist patients that have been trafficked, and includes what is considered essential information for health care professionals to know about human trafficking, including labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
The goal of the Healthcare Committee is to raise awareness and provide education for healthcare providers in order to ensure that human trafficking survivors are recognized, referred, and receive appropriate treatment.
If you work in a healthcare related field or have a strong interest in the intersection between human trafficking and healthcare, please consider joining the committee by completing the form linked below: