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Human Trafficking: Hiding in Plain Sight (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH

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Target Audience: All Michigan healthcare providers required to receive human trafficking training for licensing.

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses. 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 webinar will provide an overview of human trafficking, including its US definition, scope, as well 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 screening, and recommended intervention protocols. The webinar will review common mistakes when screening 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 Michigan human trafficking training requirements for health care 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

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 commons myths and misconceptions in this portion.

2. How Does Someone Become Trafficked?

The journeys that lead someone to be trafficked are myriad. Using a public health lens, Dr. Stoklosa will delineate the various vulnerabilities that lead someone to be trafficked. Dr. Stoklosa will use the socioecological model to demonstrate these vulnerabilities. Among the vulnerabilities reviewed will be opioid addiction.

3. Do Trafficking Victims Access Healthcare?

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?

4. What is the Best Way to Screen for Human Trafficking?

Using research from trafficking survivors, and lessons learned from domestic violence, Dr. Stoklosa will review approaches to a potential trafficking victims, including common pitfalls in screening. Dr. Stoklosa will provide potential screening questions. This section will also include a discussion of the role of unconscious bias in screening for human trafficking.

5. Trauma-Informed Care: Practical Advice

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.

6. What Next? Creating a Plan for Trafficking

HEAL Trafficking published a Protocol Toolkit in 2017 which has been guiding health systems to respond to trafficking in 24 countries across the globe. Dr. Stoklosa will review the core components of trafficking protocols, and how to develop them in your health system.

7. Next Steps and Resources: A Call to Action

Each and every health professional can play a role in ending human trafficking. This section will review the simple next steps a clinician can take in responding to trafficking in their health system.

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