Nursing: Human Trafficking

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About the Course

Every day in the United States, individuals are enslaved and made victims of human trafficking. The victims may be teens or young men or women of any race. They are often enticed into slavery with promises of jobs or other opportunities. They then become the victims of their powerful controllers. This course discusses the scope of human trafficking including risks, common characteristics, and signs and symptoms of human trafficking.  Intervention approaches and resources that help prevent and advocate against human trafficking are also presented.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe the incidence, scope, and types of human trafficking.
  • List risk factors and warning signs for identifying 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.


About the Authors: 


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, Dr. Stoklosa seeks to advance research and policy on the health needs of human trafficking victims globally and locally. 

Kelly A. Crum PhD (c), MSN, RN is a nursing education consultant serving schools on accreditation and curriculum matters, currently serves as an international nursing education consultant, and is the expert nurse consultant for Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences. With 25 years of nursing education experience, she has held various nursing positions in both clinical and academic settings. Her passion for curriculum and expertise in teaching are the foundations for her endeavors to educate the educator, reflected in her writing and conference topics. She has published 30+ workbook titles with Elsevier, primarily in the areas of maternity, pediatrics, and simulation case studies. In practice, her focus is on international humanitarian work and community volunteerism and as a hospice and palliative care nurse.

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