The Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking operates within the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The institute is a collaboration between the Center for Safe and Healthy Children, the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development within the School of Public Health at Georgia State University and the Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
The mission of the institute is to improve the lives of children and families affected by human trafficking by increasing and enhancing behavioral health and medical care through research, training and education. It acts as a central resource for medical and behavioral health professionals seeking information on sex and labor trafficking involving children and adults.
The goals of the institute are to:
- Raise awareness among health professionals about labor and sex trafficking of children and adults.
- Increase the ability of health professionals to recognize potential victims and respond appropriately.
- Contribute to the body of research on human trafficking.
- Provides a clearinghouse of existing resources and research for prevention, identification, intervention and treatment.
- Offers online and on-site training and education to medical and behavioral health professionals working with adults and children.
- Provides a calendar of events related to human trafficking within the U.S.
- Provides technical assistance to health professionals seeking to design office, clinic and/or hospital protocols or develop programs on human trafficking.
- Conducts research on human trafficking.