Human Trafficking Toolkit for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals may come in contact with victims of human trafficking at many levels within the healthcare system. It is of the utmost importance that healthcare professionals are aware of signs of potential trafficking and are equipped with the proper communication skills and resources to access help for victims.

This toolkit contains many helpful items to prepare staff members for an encounter with a victim of human trafficking. It includes risk assessment tools, top 10 red flags of human trafficking, human trafficking hotline information, a medical assessment algorithm, and training tools for staff.

Recognizing and Diagnosing Human Trafficking

Healthcare providers treat many different types of patients and it is important to be able to screen and identify potential signs of a human trafficking victim. These resources provide tips on diagnosing human trafficking victims.

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    Human Trafficking Red Flags

    A list of the 10 Red Flags of Human Trafficking. This is a great tool, created by the AHA, in a format that can be easily used for staff quick reference and pocket reminders.

    TAGS: AHA, Pocket, reminder, Tools

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Screening to Identify Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: Guide

    A guide to the tool to help identify children who may have indicators of sex trafficking.

    TAGS: Evidence-based, Healthcare, Victims, Sexual, exploitation, Tools, Implementations, Guide, Screening

  • Screening Tools

    Screening Tools

    Screening to Identify Commercially Sexually Exploited Children - Tool

    A tool to help identify children who may have indicators of sex trafficking..

    TAGS: Evidence-based, Healthcare, Identify, Children, Victims, Sexual, exploitation, Tools, Implementations

Coding Human Trafficking Cases

Coding the medical record when a human trafficking victim is treated in a healthcare faciltiy is an important part of performance improvement. Proper coding of human trafficking can help reveal trends in occurrence and aid in development of support services and new programs aimed at prevention.

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Coding for Human Trafficking

    ICD-10-CM coding guide for human trafficking. Effective in 2019, unique ICD-10-CM codes are available for data collection on adult or child forced labor or sexual exploitation, either confirmed or suspected.

    TAGS: IDC10CM, 2019, data, Collection, Adult, Children, Sexual, exploitation

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Reporting And Responding to Human Trafficking

Once a human trafficking victim has been identified and treated in a healthcare facility, it is imperative to notify the victim of the national human trafficking hotline and provide appropriate resources.

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    National Human Trafficking Hotline

    A flyer that displays the hotline phone number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline. This flyer can be printed and posted for both staff and patient use.

    TAGS: Phone, Number, Flyer, Staff, Patient

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Online Resources

Online resources are available for healthcare providers who are interested in human trafficking education and information.

  • American Hospital Association on Human Trafficking

    The American Hospital Association actively supports healthcare organizations' fight against human trafficking and provides valuable resources for healthcare providers.

    TAGS: Healthcare, Organization, fight

  • Human Trafficking Continuing Education

    Human trafficking continuing education that focuses on preparing healthcare providers in the identification and reporting processes of human trafficking victims.

    TAGS: preparing, Healthcare, providers, Victims, identification

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline Training

    The National Human Trafficking Hotline provides training in various areas of human trafficking topics.

    TAGS: Training, various, Topics

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