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Establishing Policies And Building Capacity Of Community Health Centers To Address Human Trafficking

Resource Topic: Emerging Issues
Resource Subtopic: Special and Vulnerable Populations, Policy and Advocacy, Patient-Centered Health Outcomes, Research and Data, Social Determinants of Health

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Enabling Staff

Language: English

Developed by: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (See other resources developed by this organization.)

Resource Summary: This educational brief gives an overview of the health disparities facing victims of human trafficking and how health centers are an essential resource uniquely situated to help victims. This brief includes recommendations for training staff members to recognize sex trafficking victims, policies/procedures to support patients who were being trafficked, and other federal anti-trafficking resources.

Resource Details: This education brief includes a background on the growing recognition of human trafficking as a health issue and why health centers should care, examples of best practices practiced at Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA&NHPI)-serving health centers, and recommendations for establishing policies at and building the capacity of health centers to prevent the trafficking of patients, identify patients who are victims, and care and coordinate services for those exploited.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.