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Release Date: January 9, 2017
Expiration Date: January 8, 2020
Human trafficking is a global public health and human rights issue involving the exploitation of 18.7 million people and yielding profits of $150 billion (USD) per year worldwide. In 2014, within the United States, 5,042 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Although organizations from all sectors have emerged to fight against and prevent human trafficking, healthcare professionals are in a unique position to prevent, identify, and care for trafficked persons. In fact, one study reported that 88% of trafficked persons interacted with a healthcare professional during their time being trafficked. Despite a high frequency of contact with trafficked individuals, there is a documented lack of education available to healthcare providers on the signs of human trafficking as well as a lack of protocols on how to care for trafficked individuals.
This course 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. The course provides insights into the facts surrounding human trafficking and relevant health risks for the trafficked person. The course prepares healthcare professionals to become advocates for trafficked persons. Care of these individuals is as unique as the trafficked persons themselves, but research on the needs and common patterns of symptoms makes it possible to outline recommendations for prevention of human trafficking and identification and care of this vulnerable population. Healthcare providers 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 it makes recommendations for patient and staff safety when addressing these potentially volatile scenarios.
This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 3 CPEU hours, Level 2.
- Recognize the elements of human trafficking as well as the common clinical signs of trafficked persons
- Identify intervention approaches and resources that help prevent and advocate against human trafficking
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.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.