Detecting and Responding to Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a major public health problem, both domestically and internationally. Healthcare providers are often the only professionals to interact with trafficking victims who are still in captivity. Recent studies have demonstrated that up to 50% of trafficking victims in the United States were seen by healthcare professionals while in captivity and were not identified. This course will help guide healthcare professionals to identify human trafficking victims when they present in the clinical setting. 

This course meets continuing education requirements for the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistants, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy in accordance with Florida's Human Trafficking Bill, Section 456.0641, Florida Statutes. The course may be included in the total general hours required and must be completed by January 1, 2021.  For more information on Florida’s Human Trafficking Bill and to download printable posters, go to Department of Health Human Trafficking website.

Samaritan Physicians: Successful completion of this activity will qualify Samaritan physicians for annual policy discounts. Upon completion, please print your certificate and submit to Samaritan for consideration.

Target Audience

Allopathic Physicians, Osteopathic Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers (general), Respiratory Therapists (human trafficking), Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and all other interested healthcare providers including front desk personnel.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify victims of human trafficking – including sex trafficking and labor trafficking – who present in the clinical setting.
  • Differentiate victims of human trafficking from other crimes such as domestic abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
  • Conduct an appropriate medical assessment of trafficking victims. 
  • Identify when to report cases of human trafficking, and appropriately report to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Chisolm-Straker, M., & Richardson, L. (2007). Assessment of emergency department (ED) provider knowledge about human trafficking victims in the ED. Academic Emergency Medicine, 14(5S), S134-S134.
  • Grace, A. M., Lippert, S., Collins, K., Pineda, N., Tolani, A., Walker, R., ... & Martinez, D. J. (2014). Educating health care professionals on human trafficking. Pediatric emergency care, 30(12), 856.
  • Titchen, K. E., Loo, D., Berdan, E., Rysavy, M. B., Ng, J. J., & Sharif, I. (2015). Domestic sex trafficking of minors: medical student and physician awareness. Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
Resources: 

Human Trafficking Resources 

National Hotline Flyer: English | Spanish

Human Trafficking Downloadable Poster: English & Spanish 

Florida International University  | Human Trafficking Awareness Video

National Human Trafficking HotlineNational Human Trafficking Resource Center Get Help Report Human Trafficking

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
10/01/2017
Course expires: 
09/30/2022

Amara Fazal, Chika Nwosu and Valerie Polcz, M.S.
Medical Students, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
Miami, Florida

Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., MPH
Medical Director, Palliative Care and Bioethics Department
Baptist Health South Florida
Associate Dean for Women in Medicine and Science
Associate Professor, Department of Health, Humanities and Society
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University

Ana M. Viamonte-Ros, M.D., MPH, Amara Fazal, Chika Nwosu and Valerie Polcz, M.S., have all indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentation or discussion.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for 2 credit hours, CE Broker Course # 20-727800, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Psychology (2 hours) and the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

This activity has also been approved for 2 credits for Nursing, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling(general), Respiratory Care (human trafficking), Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy and Clinical Chaplains. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
10/01/2017
Course expires: 
09/30/2022
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This course meets the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistants, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy and Pharmacy for the continuing education human trafficking requirements

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