Human Trafficking Resources for the Medical Community

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Child Sex Trafficking Free Webinars Series for Medical Professionals

This web-based training series is presented by The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Governor’s Office for Children and Families. The series includes six individual modules which will be presented via live webinars. Interested professionals may attend any of the webinars and do not need to complete all six. The modules do not need to be completed in order; however they recommend that learners with limited knowledge of this topic complete the Introduction module prior to others in the series. Webinar Topics:

  • Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking for Healthcare Professionals
  • Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: A Global Perspective, and… Boys are Victims Too
  • Special Topics on Child Sex Trafficking: Victims, Pornography and the Legal Response
  • The Demand Side: Traffickers, Buyers & Gangs
  • Child Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: The Medical Evaluation of Victims
  • Using a Victim-/Survivor-Centered Approach When Working with Trafficked Youth

CancerinCYTES Mag

CANCER inCYTES is a public health e-magazine that discusses the healthcare needs of disadvantaged populations.  We are unique among the medical journals that publish on this topic, because we combine the dazzle of a magazine with the content of a journal, making more knowledge accessible to the public. Social justice issues such as human slavery, and its inherent healthcare inequities, are global problems that require a collective effort within and among societies. Specialized journals are high in expertise, but low in appeal and limited in circulation, resulting in disjointed understandings of problems.  This incoherence prevents neighbors from realizing the full influence that they possess to help others.  It also limits the knowledge required for voters to make informed choices at the ballot box.  In the age of digital information, Cancer InCytes seeks to distill information into knowledge, empowering the public to pursue change for the better.


The Role of Medical Responders in the Fight against Human Trafficking

Great introductory article for medical responders and their role in the fight against human trafficking.

As an emergency responder, chances are you have treated victims of human trafficking and child sex-trafficking and did not recognize it, or, if you did suspect something, you may not have known what to do.


Health Professional Education, Advocacy, and Linkage (HEAL)

HEAL’s vision is to unite health professionals and advance their critical role in the national and global fight against human trafficking. Their have an ever expansive resource library for health professionals. They maintain an active listserv that you can sign up for free.


Doctors Can Help Human Trafficking Victims: Reports

One study found about half of trafficking survivors had sought medical attention while being trafficked…


Rescue and Restore Campaign

  • Resource Overview  (PDF 56KB)
  • Tips for Identifying and Helping Victims of Human Trafficking  (PDF 66KB)
  • Screening Questions to Assess Whether a Person is a Trafficking Victim  (PDF 45KB)
  • Understanding the Mindset of a Trafficking Victim  (PDF 53KB)
  • Communicating with Victims of Human Trafficking  (PDF 57KB)
  • Health Problems Seen in Trafficking Victims  (PDF 45KB)
  • PowerPoint Presentation for Health Care Providers (PDF 142KB)
  • Health Care Provider Poster (PDF 92KB)
  • Health Care Provider Brochure (PDF 83KB)
  • Health Care Provider Pocket Card (PDF249KB)

Trafficking in Persons and Health: A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators (2014)

Trafficking in Persons and Health: A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators

This document is designed to assist program managers and decision-makers to plan, monitor, and evaluate their response to trafficking and health. The list of indicators is a result of an international collaboration of multi- and bi-lateral donors, researchers, civil society, NGOs and other experts who came to agreement on these indicators as critical to measuring the intersection of trafficking in persons, gender, and health at the national, regional, or programmatic levels. The compendium is designed to be a menu of options to allow governments and organizations select indicators that are most applicable to their programs and health facilities. The indicators are applicable to labor, sex, and other forms of trafficking.

The program­matic areas in this guide cover health sector preparedness, post-trafficking assistance programs’ response to health, referrals and policies related to health, and the health status and care received by individuals who have been trafficked. Current methods and areas for further development are discussed, as additional research and indicator development will be vital to addressing trafficking and the intersection of gender and health in a wider context.


Scholarly Research About the Relationship Between the Medical Community and Human Trafficking

Responding to the Sexual Exploitation of Minors

Jonathan Todres, J.D., and Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:1282-1283   |   April 3, 2014   |   DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1314927 Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children and adolescents have both immediate and long-term physical and mental health consequences. A new IOM–NRC report argues that clinicians can help prevent these crimes and identify and respond to the victims.


Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors

Angela Diaz, MD, MPH; Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD; Patti Simon, MPH JAMA Pediatr.   |   July 21, 2014   |   DOI: 10.1001/JAMAPediatrics.2014.1002

Health care professionals who routinely interact with young people have an important role to play in preventing, identifying, and responding to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors.


Integrating Curricula on Human Trafficking Into Medical Education and Residency Training

Aimee M. Grace, MD, MPH; Roy Ahn, MPH, ScD; Wendy Macias Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH JAMA Pediatr.   |   July 21, 2014   |   DOI: 10.1001/JAMAPediatrics.2014.999