Because human trafficking is a public health issue
The HEAL Protocols Committee helps members to collaboratively standardize evidenced-based protocols for the identification, care, and referral of survivors of human trafficking. Our leader is Susie Baldwin.
This systems toolkit is designed to help professionals working in health care settings develop a protocol to respond to potential victims of human trafficking who present to their facility. To receive a copy of HEAL's New Protocol Toolkit,
Studies from across the US reveal that victims of human trafficking access health care services during their exploitation, creating valuable opportunities for education, empowerment, and intervention with this vulnerable population. The experience of labor or sex trafficking commonly results in
University of Utah Hospital System have a policy on Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation which covers Intimate Partner Violence, Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Human Trafficking, Child Abuse & Neglect and Sexual Assault.
This protocol was developed by the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force’s Healthcare Subcommittee. They can provide technical assistance and support to area hospitals and clinics to adapt this model protocol for your specific setting. The subcommittee also recommends training
Basson, D., Langs, J., Acker, K., Katz, S., Desai, N., & Ford, J. (2018). Psychotherapy for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: A Guide for Community-Based Behavioral Health Practitioners and Agencies. Oakland, CA: WestCoast Children’s Clinic.
Cole, M., Daniel, M., Chisolm‐Straker, M., Macias‐Konstantopoulos, W., Alter, H., & Stoklosa, H. A Theory Based Didactic Offering Physicians a Method for Learning and Teaching Others About Human Trafficking. AEM Education and Training.
New York State legislation requires general hospitals and diagnostic and treatment centers (DT&C) to establish and implement policies and procedures pertaining to the identification, assessment, and referral of victims of human trafficking.