Nursing: Human Trafficking: An Overview for Nurses

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About the Course

Healthcare providers are on the front lines of recognizing signs of trafficking and advocating for their patients. This course provides insights into the facts surrounding human trafficking and relevant health risks for the trafficked person. The elements of human trafficking - the act, the means, and the purpose - are reviewed and will not only help nurses be able to identify warning signs of human trafficking in a healthcare setting, but also how to report these victims.  Psychological methods used by the traffickers are also presented. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe human trafficking, including the types of trafficking and those populations most vulnerable to trafficking.
  • Identify potential trafficked persons using clinical signs and screening tools.
  • Describe components and implementation of trauma-informed care.
  • Review appropriate national organizations and local resources when intervening in human trafficking cases.

About the Author:
Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and a Human Trafficking and Forced Labor fellow at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University in Boston. She is an Institute of Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine fellow in health sciences policy, and co-founder of HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkages) Trafficking, an international network of professionals combating human trafficking from a public health perspective. Through her work, she seeks to advance research and policy on the health needs of human trafficking victims globally and locally.  

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