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.
About our presenter:
Dr. Chang, a physician at Asian Health Services (AHS) in Oakland, California provides care for commercially sexually exploited children, and was inaugural Clinic Director at AHS' Frank Kiang Medical Center. She was a 2015 Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School, completing a practicum addressing the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in caring for trafficked persons. She co-founded HEAL Trafficking, trained thousands of professionals on the healthcare intersection with human trafficking, serves on the AFC human trafficking Technical Working Group, and is 2nd Vice Chair of the National Association of Community Health Center's committee on Behavioral Health and HIV. She testified before the US Helsinki Commission on "Best Practices in Rescuing Trafficking victims". She has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the US.
Who should attend: Social workers, case managers, community health care workers, outreach workers, and other key staff who have patient contact. Providers are welcome to attend, although, this workshop is targeted toward staff who do not provide medical care. (Sorry. CEU's are not provided.)
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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