Course Description

Course Description:

Human trafficking is a global public health and human rights issue (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC], 2018) involving the exploitation of 18.7 million people and yielding profits of $150 billion (USD) per year worldwide (International Labour Office [ILO], 2014). Although organizations from all sectors have emerged to fight against and prevent human trafficking, healthcare professionals are in a unique position to identify and care for trafficked persons. One study reported that 88% of trafficked persons interacted with a healthcare professional during their time being trafficked (Lederer & Wetzel, 2014). Despite a high frequency of contact with trafficked individuals, there is a documented lack of both education available to healthcare providers on the signs of human trafficking and protocols on caring for trafficked individuals (Ahn et al., 2013).

Healthcare providers are on the front lines of recognizing signs of trafficking and advocating for their patients. However, when the healthcare provider does not have accurate knowledge of how to recognize and care for patients who are being trafficked, those trafficked persons will return from medical encounters to their lives of coercion and manipulation. Intervening and advocating for trafficked persons become difficult when healthcare providers do not know the signs of trafficking, what steps to take in providing aid, and how to empower patients to leave their current abusive situation.

This course for healthcare professionals is an introduction into the complex crime of human trafficking, with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and the common symptoms and conditions that occur in trafficked persons. Healthcare professionals who complete this course will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of trafficked persons and identify the interventions needed to care for these individuals.

Additionally, this course lists national resources that provide vital services to trafficked persons and makes recommendations for patient and staff safety when addressing these potentially volatile scenarios.

Contact Hours: 1
Text Course Format: Text
Target Audience:
Instructional Level: Intermediate BOC Level of Difficulty: Essential

Accreditation Information:

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Course Outline:

  • Defining Human Trafficking
  • What Are the Types of Trafficking
  • What Are the Types of Trafficking
  • Recognizing Human Trafficking
  • Elements of Human Trafficking
  • The Process of Human Trafficking
  • Psychological Methods Used in Human Trafficking
  • Clinical Signs and Screening Tools
  • Signs and Symptoms of Trafficking
  • Screening for Trafficking
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Systematic Use of Trauma-Informed Care
  • Intervention Organizations and Resources
  • Barriers to Intervention
  • Building a Protocol
  • Security for Both Patient and Healthcare Professionals
  • Patient Resources
  • Conclusion
  • Resources
  • References 

Course Goals & Objectives:

Course Goals:

This course is intended for the healthcare professionals as an introduction into the complex crime of human trafficking, with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and the common symptoms and conditions that occur in trafficked persons.

Professional Objectives:

  1. Describe human trafficking, including the types of trafficking and those populations most vulnerable to trafficking. 
  2. Identify potential trafficked person using clinical signs and screening tools. 
  3. Describe components and implementation of trauma-informed care.
  4. Review appropriate national organization and local resources when intervening in human trafficking cases.




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Contact Hours: 1 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist, Massage Therapists, Certified Athletic Trainers, Nurse, Nursing Home Administrator, Social Worker, and Activities Professionals.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Criteria for Completion:Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either: An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity  or a mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.

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Elite is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Elite is awarding the contact hours for this course.

Personnel Disclosure:

Financial – Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH is employed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.

Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.

Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.

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Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and a Human Trafficking and Forced Labor fellow at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University in Boston. She is an Institute of Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine fellow in health sciences policy and cofounder of HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkages) Trafficking, an international network of professionals combating human trafficking from a public health perspective. Through her work, she seeks to advance research and policy on the health needs of human trafficking victims globally and locally.

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