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Human Trafficking for Healthcare Professionals: Texas

presented by Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH

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Financial: Hanni Stoklosa is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. She receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial: Hanni Stoklosa is the executive director of HEAL Trafficking. She has no other competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 114 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 46 Minutes

A majority of human trafficking victims access healthcare while being exploited in the United States. This represents a critical opportunity and responsibility for health professionals to intervene in victims' lives, setting them on a path toward health and healing. This course will provide an overview of human trafficking, including its US definition, the scope of the problem, and vulnerabilities that lead someone to be trafficked. Further, it will provide specific guidance to health professionals on signs to identify human trafficking victims, methods for assessment, and recommended intervention protocols. The course will review common mistakes when assessing for trafficking, practical advice on implementation of trauma-informed care, the role of unconscious bias in caring for trafficking victims, and links between the opioid epidemic and human trafficking. This program meets the Texas human trafficking training requirements for healthcare providers.

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Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is the executive director of HEAL Trafficking and an emergency physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital with appointments at Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She is the director of the Global Women's Health Fellowship at the Connors Center of Brigham and…

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1. Introduction to Human Trafficking and Affected Populations

This section will provide an overview of human trafficking, including its definition, the scope of the problem, and common industries of exploitation. Dr. Stoklosa will address common myths and misconceptions in this portion.

2. How to Identify a Trafficked Person

A majority of trafficking victims access healthcare at some point during their exploitation. But what are the health consequences of trafficking that may lead someone to healthcare, and what are the signs health professionals should look for? This section will also include a discussion of the role of unconscious bias in assessment for human trafficking.

3. Inquiry and Assessment for Human Trafficking

Using research from trafficking survivors and lessons learned from domestic violence, Dr. Stoklosa will review step-by-step approaches to assess potential trafficking victims, including common pitfalls in assessment. Dr. Stoklosa will provide potential inquiry questions.

4. Trauma-Informed Care: Referral and Service Options

What does trauma-informed care mean? How do we go from the theoretical to the practical? What are some tips and tricks each of us can use to embrace principles of trauma-informed care in our work, and especially with victims of trafficking? We will review categories of referral options, including social and legal services, and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

5. Establishing a Protocol in Your Healthcare Setting

HEAL Trafficking published a Protocol Toolkit in 2017 that has been guiding health systems to respond to trafficking in more than 35 countries across the globe. Dr. Stoklosa gives an overview of some of core components of trafficking protocols and how to develop them in your health system.

6. State-Specific Trends and Rules: Texas

This chapter reviews Texas-specific vulnerabilities to trafficking and guidance regarding mandated reporting requirements.

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