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 (including behavioral health) 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 other forums.
  • Do participate! Your ideas and experiences are important to hear.
  • Be respectful and considerate of your colleagues in your postings. The listservs are meant to stimulate conversation, not create contention. If you disagree or become upset with someone’s response or use of the listserv, reply to that person directly and only when appropriate. Here are some tips for disagreeing in a professional manner. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, and offensive language is strictly prohibited on all HEAL listservs. If you have cause for concern, please email info@healtrafficking.org ASAP; HEAL leadership takes such occurrences very seriously.
  • Before you send a message to one of the HEAL listservs, consider whether the listserv is the best venue for your message/conversation. A phone call to an individual may be a more effective means of discussion.
  • Include a signature tag on all messages, with your name, affiliation, 
location, and email address. We recommend also including personal pronouns in your signature line when sending a message to the listservs.
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line of your emails. 
Doing so allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and 
makes it easier for members using Gmail accounts to search the listserv archives by subject.
  • Only send a message to an entire listserv when it contains information that 
benefits everyone. Send messages such as, “Thanks for the information,” or, “Yes!” to 
individuals — not to the entire listserv. Send emails to individuals by using your email application’s forwarding option and typing in or cutting and pasting the email address of the individual to whom you want to respond.
  • Remember that HEAL Trafficking is a non-partisan organization with diverse views and please keep your personal opinions germane to a discussion; while personal opinions are important, they may not always be appropriate for the listservs.
  • Do not post anything on the listservs that you would not want shared widely in the public domain or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. 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.
  • Remember that HEAL Trafficking and other listserv participants have the right to reproduce postings to the listservs.
  • Do not post commercial messages on the listservs.
  • Do not at any time discuss any protected health information, including identity, about a patient, or potential trafficking survivor or victim.
  • 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.

Please note, HEAL topical listservs are open for all members of the listserv to ask questions of the group, network and share best practices, and more while the HEAL general listserv is just for messages from HEAL.

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.

Messages and opinions expressed on these listservs are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of HEAL Trafficking, its directors, staff, volunteers, and/or the listserv moderator.

HEAL Trafficking and/or the list moderator reserves the right to terminate the listserv(s) or any individual member’s subscription to the list(s) at any time. Individual subscription is considered a privilege and may be revoked for non-compliant behavior or posting practices as set forth in the HEAL listserv guidelines. HEAL Trafficking and/or the listserv moderator reserves the right to make changes and modifications to this listserv(s) and these disclaimers at any time for any reason.

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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