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Human Trafficking - An Opportunity for Intervention

Date: 06/20/2019

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Course Curriculum
Evidence suggests that many adults and children subjected to sex or labor trafficking experience significant adverse health effects and seek medical care in a variety of health care settings. In one study, nearly 88% of sex trafficked girls and women reported having seen a medical provider during the period of their exploitation1. Health care professionals are in a unique position to offer victim services, and can respond appropriately if they are equipped to recognize patients at risk for trafficking and respond appropriately. This program offers an overview of adult and child trafficking, including definitions, risk factors, possible indicators, and recommendations for responding to suspected exploitation. It describes the trauma-informed approach to patient care and strategies for offering services that target patient vulnerabilities and assist in victim recovery.

Lederer LJ, Wetzel CA. The health consequences of sex trafficking and their implications for identifying victims in healthcare facilities. Annals Health Law, 2014;23:61-91.

Jordan Greenbaum, MD works with victims of suspected physical/sexual abuse, neglect and sex trafficking. In addition, she is the director of the Global Health and Wellbeing Initiative with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Dr. Greenbaum provides trainings on all aspects of child maltreatment for medical and nonmedical professionals locally, nationally and internationally. Her research interests focus on child sex and labor trafficking and child sexual exploitation.

The speaker has no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this presentation.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define human trafficking and identify which populations are at highest risk.
  2. Describe how victims of sex or labor trafficking may present for medical care.
  3. List three aspects of a trauma-informed approach to patient care.
  4. Discuss reporting mechanisms, resources and common health care referrals related to human trafficking.