HUMAN TRAFFICKING—AN ISSUE OF HEALTH, RIGHTS AND JUSTICE: WHAT CAN WE DO FROM THE CLINICAL SETTING?
Human trafficking, both labor and sex, have severe health consequences for those affected. It is estimated that 54% of labor trafficking victims have also been sex trafficked. Healthcare professionals have a unique opportunity to identify patients who have been trafficked, and a responsibility to intervene and provide health care for those exploited. Federally Qualified Health Centers’ providers and staff can recognize signs and presentations of trafficked patients, given the high burden of health harms. This session will explore what a healthcare professional can do to care for individual patients who have been trafficked, and detail efforts and opportunities to shift to a public health framework of care for victims which includes prevention, early intervention, and long-term care.
At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the legislative definition of human trafficking
- Recognize signs of human trafficking in patients presenting to an FQHC
- Detail the medical, mental health and social health harms of human trafficking
- Identify national efforts to prevent trafficking and provide care for patients who have been trafficked
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