Education Initiatives

APSAC Practice Guidelines

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children produced this report addressing the physician’s role in child trafficking, “The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: The Medical Provider’s Role in Identification, Assessment and Treatment.”

Blue Campaign

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides patient-oriented contact cards for connection to the 24-hour national hotline for trafficking victims.

Please follow the link below to view the Blue Campaign’s video on identifying markers of human trafficking in the clinic setting:

Caring for Trafficked Persons: A Guide for Health Providers

The International Organization for Migration created this guide with support from the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. It provides advice for the healthcare professional seeking practical skills to understand, identify, and approach trafficking.

Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health Provider’s Facilitators Guide

The Caring for Trafficked Persons Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying materials have been developed for individuals who wish to carry out training to help a concerned health provider understand the phenomenon of human trafficking, recognize some of the associated health problems and consider safe and appropriate approaches to providing health care for trafficked persons. The training is designed for all types and levels of health providers, particularly those actively providing services.

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI): Human Trafficking and the Role of the Health Provider

CHI has produced a new clinical education module, “Addressing Human Trafficking in the Health Care Setting.”  The 25-minute, web-based education module is publically available for all health care providers and organizations and seeks to increase personal awareness of human trafficking as well as help providers develop the skills to identify and respond to victims.

Child Family Health International: Conversations in Global Health

CFHI runs free, live webinars at various dates and times throughout the year. Webinars provide information on CFHI’s UN-recognized Global Health Education Programs, various academic partnership options, and other global health topics. A past webinar series entitled Modern Day Abolitionists: Understanding & Combating Human Trafficking as a Health, Social, & Economic Issue was conducted April 2015 and featured HEAL co-founder Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Dr. David Batstone of the Not For Sale campaign, University of San Francisco. You may need to request access from CFHI to view the recording.

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the U.S.

This guide from the Institute of Medicine/ National Research Council Report includes definitions of key terms and an overview of risk factors and consequences; barriers to identifying victims and survivors as well as opportunities for overcoming these barriers; examples of current practices in the health care sector; and recommendations aimed at identifying, preventing, and responding to these crimes.

Domestic Violence with a Special Focus on Human Trafficking

The Florida Medical Association Council on Medical Education & Science and the Committee on CME & Accreditation offers this CME supplement to the Florida Medical Magazine, Domestic Violence with a special Focus on Human Trafficking.

Essential Access Health’s webinar on Addressing Human Trafficking in Health Care settings

This on-demand webinar provides guidance for clinic staff and providers to become more comfortable in identifying patients at risk for trafficking and making referrals for potential victims. It will also explain a trauma-informed approach to best address the health care needs of trafficking survivors and other victims of violence. Expert presenters provide specific recommendations for developing protocols and providing referrals.  Presenters: Susie Baldwin, MD, MPH and Renee Marshall, MEd.

Futures without Violence and HEAL Trafficking webinar: An Introduction to Labor and Sex Trafficking: A Health Care and Human Rights Challenge

This webinar was recorded on July 11, 2016 and is approximately an hour and a half in duration. It provides a brief overview of the problem from a public health, clinical, and human rights perspective; explains how clinicians can identify and respond; and illustrates how forging community and systems partnerships build more effective local responses.

Human Trafficking Continuing Education

The Christian Medical and Dental Associations offer an accredited continuing education course for physicians to develop care protocols, a holistic approach for treating trafficked patients, screening resources to identify victims, and scriptural references to aid in holistic healthcare.

Human Trafficking and Emergency Medicine

Mt. Sinai Hospital created a site to provide information and resources for Emergency Healthcare Providers, including three teaching cases.

Human Trafficking: Guidebook on Identification, Assessment, and Response in the Healthcare Setting

Mass Gen and the Massachusetts Med Society published a manual for healthcare providers on human trafficking to describe the health effects of trafficking and guide practitioners in assessing at-risk and trafficked individuals. It is available for download.

Human Trafficking and Healthcare Providers

A video by Andrew Baumgartner.  Healthcare providers play a crucial role in identifying victims of human trafficking. Learn about Christine’s story about how healthcare workers could have better identified signs and symptoms that she was being trafficked.

Human Trafficking: Review of Educational Resources for Health Professionals

American Journal of Preventative Medicine’s review of current educational references surrounding the care of human trafficking victims

Identifying and Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking: an interactive resource

Health practitioners can access an online elearning course on human trafficking offered by the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Modern Day Abolitionists: Understanding and Combating Human Trafficking as a Health, Social, and Economic Issue 

This comprehensive webinar will allow attendees to understand the magnitude of the problem, its root causes, and how solutions lie in many realms, including conscious consumerism, broad-based global health programs, astute clinical assessment, effective advocacy, and much more. Dr. David Batstone is co-founder of Not For Sale and professor of ethics and business at University of San Francisco. Dr. Hanni Stoklosa is founder of HEALTrafficking and Human Trafficking & Forced Labor Fellow at FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. You will need to request permission to access the recorded webinar.

National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse: Webinar: Human Trafficking: The Role of the Health Care Provider

This hour-long webinar provides clinicians with knowledge on trafficking and give specific tools for screening, assist victims in the clinical setting, and understand reporting requirements. Featured Speakers: Macias Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH; Natalie McClain, PhD, RN, CPNP; Holly Smith, Survivor of human trafficking

National Training Centers: Family Planning: Human Trafficking in the Family Planning Setting

This webinar (one and a half hours in duration) provides information about recognizing the signs that indicate a human trafficking victim in a family planning setting.  It also covers the steps necessary to respond to and assist victim of human trafficking when they present in a family planning setting.

NetCE: CME on Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Physicians Against Trafficking in Humans (PATH)

The American Women’s Medical Association founded Physicians Against Trafficking in Humans to unite professionals against trafficking. They offer commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) training sessions and resources here:


Polaris, one of the nation’s leading anti-trafficking organizations, created the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, offering a series of trainings and reference tools on many issues within trafficking.  The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) recently published three resources for healthcare professionals about human trafficking.  You can find them here:

In addition, their latest 2015 report, Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: A Closer Look at U.S. Citizen Victims, addresses the particular health needs of the trafficked population.  Polaris also operates a hotline, 1 (888) 373-7888, that serves healthcare providers seeking resources for potentially trafficked-patients and trafficking victims seeking help. Explore their many resources here:

Rescue and Restore posters

Rescue and Restore, a subset of the Administration for Children and Families, has some resources for health care workers, including awareness raising posters, screening questions, and a power point presentation:


Safe Horizon’s Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals: Recognizing Human Trafficking 

Safe Horizon is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country. This powerpoint presentation is a New York City-specific guide to help health care professionals recognize and follow-up on human trafficking victims when they enter the healthcare system.

TEDMED: Dr. Susie Baldwin on Intervention in Human Trafficking in Health Care

Dr. Susie Baldwin recounts stories of trafficked people to illustrate the importance of teaching health professionals to recognize the invisible signs of human trafficking and provide trauma-informed care to patients suffering from this hidden crime.

The Child Sex Trafficking Webinar Series for Healthcare Professionals

The Child Sex Trafficking Webinar Series for Healthcare Professionals is offered by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It covers global trends, special topics, the demand for trafficking, medical evaluation of trafficked persons, and a survivor-centered model of care over 6 online modules. It may be completed as live webinars or online training videos.

The IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking

The health chapter provides comprehensive instructions and advice on health and human rights issues, e.g., conceptual frameworks, ethical and safety principles, issues affecting care, special health considerations, medico-legal health aspects, clinical procedures and management, health planning and staff health issues. The key theme of the chapter is the development of minimum standards of care and the provision of specialized health services in accordance with the needs of the trafficking victim. The chapter focuses on service provision not only against the background of human rights, but also the public health interests of the countries of origin, of transit and of destination.

The Mental Health Aspects of Trafficking in Human Beings: Set of Minimum Standards

The Minimum Standards presented in that booklet, recognize the fact that a significant number of trafficked persons are traumatized by their experiences, and psychological scars often take much longer to heal than physical scars. These Minimum Standards aim to provide a guiding tool for all types of organizations who are already acting or are intending to develop programs in the field of combating trafficking. Furthermore, the standards aim to help the implementation of comprehensive and coordinated psychosocial care of trafficked persons from the time of their rescue to throughout their reintegration process

The Mental Health Aspects of Trafficking in Human Beings: Training Manual

This training manual provides an overall framework of the trafficking process and examines the trafficked person’s as well as the provider’s perspective of the mental health issues associated with trafficking of people. Moreover, this Manual reviews the various assistance processes and structures currently in place and offers basic guidelines for their management, as well as innovative techniques of assessment and intervention. The final section equips service providers with tips on how to avoid burnout and remain professionally effective

WGBH & Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health: The Modern Slave Trade: Public Health Impacts

In this Forum, anti-trafficking and human rights experts convened to discuss the public health implications of the shadowy world of trafficking. What drives and sustains the industry? How are governments, NGOs, and other agencies fighting trafficking in their communities, including in the U.S.? What interventions work? And why is this issue so important to public health?

Moderator: Phillip Martin; Senior Investigative Reporter, WGBH, and Former National Race and Culture Reporter, NPR; Jacqueline Bhabha; Dan Vexler; Jocelyn Kelly; Martina Vandenberg

WHO Guidelines for Interviewing Trafficked Women

The World Health Organization created a comprehensive handbook of guiding principles for interviewing trafficked women, entitled “WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women.”