Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Professionals [May 6, 2022]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "Human trafficking occurs throughout the United States, and traffickers exploit vulnerable individuals for commercial sex and forced labor in a variety of legal and illegal industries. U.S. efforts to counter trafficking in persons broadly involve prevention and awareness training, investigations and prosecutions of trafficking offenses, and protection for victims. With respect to identifying victims and protecting them from further exploitation, certain industries--such as the health care industry--are uniquely positioned to recognize potential signs of trafficking. Some studies have indicated that many trafficking victims come in contact with medical professionals at some point during their exploitation, and health care professionals may be well situated to recognize indicators of human trafficking. [...] Various federal departments and agencies have developed efforts to enhance awareness of human trafficking. [...] One program is specifically focused on the health care industry. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Training Program. [...] Health provider training to recognize human trafficking could occur at multiple points in time: during formal education (e.g., medical or nursing school), during clinical training (e.g., as part of medical residency training or nurse clinical training), and while in active practice (e.g., as part of the requirements to obtain or maintain a license). Generally, the federal role at each of these points may be limited because schools and clinical training programs set training content, and states license health professionals. However, policymakers may consider several options for influencing this training."

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CRS Report for Congress, R47100
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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