Nursing: Human Trafficking in Michigan

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About the Course

Audience: The target audience for this course is Michigan nurses who want to practice evidence-based care to identify, care for, and report victims of human trafficking. 

Purpose: Health care personnel in Michigan are on the front lines of the fight against human trafficking. Nurses and nurse practitioners must be alert to the often overlooked signs of trafficking in their patients. This course is designed to provide a sensitive review of the issue of abuse in human trafficking and how it affects patients and their families. This modern slavery issue has been gaining ground, and the silent victims are in critical need of care and interventions. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the incidence, scope, and types of human trafficking.
  • List risk factors and warning signs for those who may become or who are victims of human trafficking.
  • Discuss intervention strategies to approach trafficking victims and determine treatment.
  • Identify reporting agencies and community resources for human trafficking victims.
  • Explain the role of health care personnel in attacking the global issue of human trafficking and empowering victims for change.

About the Author

Herica M. Torres, BSN, MSN, PhD candidate 

Ms. Torres is a naturalized citizen from Colombia, South America, who came to the United States to seek a professional nursing degree after working many years as a respiratory therapist. She completed her BSN and master's in nursing degrees from the University of South Alabama. She is currently the simulation director at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing and is pursuing nursing doctoral studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Her career focus has been in global health nursing. In addition to her life experiences in Colombia, she has taken students to Peru for clinical field experiences and has attended multiple global health conferences.

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