HEAL Trafficking Listserv Etiquette

Emails that do not meet these criteria may not be posted. Those who violate these rules may be removed from the listserv.

  • The purpose of the HEAL trafficking listservs are to discuss issues at the intersection of health care and human trafficking. While we recognize the value of learning about the breadth of anti-trafficking efforts, please reserve non-health care related anti-trafficking conversations for another forum.
  • Do participate! Your ideas and experiences are important to hear!
  • Do be respectful and considerate of your colleagues in your postings. If you disagree or become upset with someone’s response or use of the listserv, reply to that person directly when appropriate. Here are some tips for disagreeing in a professional manner.
  • Do NOT use the HEAL listserv to gain access to attack people individually. If you have cause for concern, please email info@healtrafficking.org ASAP; the HEAL leadership takes such occurrences very seriously.
  • Do consider whether the HEAL Trafficking listserv is the best venue for some conversations.  A phone call to an individual may be a more effective means of discussion.
  • Do include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, 
location, and e-mail address.
  • Do state concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. 
This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and 
makes it easier for members to search the listserv archives by subject.
  • Do only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that 
benefits everyone. Send messages such as, “Thanks for the information,” or, “Yes!” to 
individuals–not to the entire list. Send emails to individuals by using your e-mail application’s forwarding option and typing in or cutting and pasting in the e-mail address of the individual to whom you want to respond.
  • Do remember that HEAL Trafficking is a non-partisan organization with diverse views.
  • Do keep your personal opinions germane to a discussion.  While personal opinions are important, they may not be appropriate for the listserv.
  • Do not post anything in a listserv message that you would not want shared widely in the public domain or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.  All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive language is strictly prohibited.
  • Do remember that information posted on the listservs is available for all to see, and comments are subject to applicable law, including defamation, libel, slander, and antitrust laws. There is a substantial difference between disagreeing and accusing someone of fraud or incompetence.  Negative statements that impugn someone’s professional qualifications can cause economic and emotional harm. Keep criticism on an objective basis that is factually verifiable and skip commentary about character, competence or motive to minimize legal risk.
  • Do remember that HEAL Trafficking and other e-mail list participants have the right to reproduce postings to the listservs.
  • Do not attack others. The discussions on the listservs are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention.
  • Do not post commercial messages on this listserv.
  • Do not at any time discuss any protected health information, including identity, about a patient, or potential trafficking survivor or victim.
  • Do only post job opportunities that include a salary/wage range. Position descriptions without such information discourage applicants of color from applying because they are unable to assess whether it’s a position they can take. It also perpetuates both racial and gender pay disparities as women and minorities are historically underpaid. Without any information about the range of pay, they are negotiating at a disadvantage.

If you are interested in recruiting for participants for a research study using our listservs, please fill out this form with the details of your request. HEAL strictly regulates community posts searching for participant recruitment based on specific criteria, including the requirement that the study will lead to academic publication and has obtained IRB approval.

About HEAL

Our vision

A world healed of trafficking.

Our mission

HEAL Trafficking leads innovative health solutions to eradicate human trafficking in our communities worldwide.

Our guiding principles

HEAL Trafficking:

  • Engages in work that combats all forms of human trafficking;

  • Supports trafficked people of all genders, ages, races/ethnicities, religions, origins, cultures, and sexual orientations;

  • Believes all trafficked persons deserve access to a full range of health care including medical, mental/behavioral health, reproductive health, dental, and substance use disorder treatment services;

  • Approaches human trafficking from a public health perspective that incorporates a socio-ecological framework and prevention strategies; and

  • Promotes a survivor-centered, trauma-informed, evidence-based, practice-based approach to anti-trafficking efforts.

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