Human Trafficking

human_trafficking_body_400According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, human trafficking is a public health concern and often a violent crime that impacts individuals, families, and entire communities across generations. Human trafficking occurs when a trafficker exploits vulnerable victims with force, fraud, or coercion to make them perform commercial sex or work. Recognition of human trafficking victims requires training and a response from communities, social service providers, healthcare providers, and other first responders.

Since emergency nurses are often the first healthcare workers to have contact with human trafficking victims, the conversation and education on this topic has ramped up in recent years. In fact, it was the cover story of the April 2017 edition of ENA’s member magazine ENA Connection.

Resources

ENA Position Statement: Human Trafficking Patient Awareness in the Emergency Setting

Journal of Emergency Nursing study: Implementation of Human Trafficking Education and Treatment Algorithm in the Emergency Department

U.S. State Department's 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

Free CE: Human Trafficking: What Emergency Nurses Need to Know

Emergency Nursing 2017 Sessions
on Human Trafficking

The following sessions are being offered at Emergency Nursing 2017 in St. Louis Sept. 13-16, 2017.

Human Trafficking in the Emergency Department: Navigating Medical Forensic Protocols
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 2:00–3:00 pm and 
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 4:30-5:30 pm

Sex Trafficking: It's Near You
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 9:15–10:15 am

See, Pull, Cut the Threads of Violence
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 10:30–11:30 am

In an ED Near You: Victims of Human Trafficking
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 3:15–4:15 pm

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