About the Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking
The Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking operates within the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children as 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. It acts as a central resource for medical and behavioral health professionals seeking information on sex and labor trafficking involving children and adults.
Our goals are to:
- Raise awareness among health professionals about labor and sex trafficking of children and adults.
- Improve the ability of health professionals to recognize potential victims and respond appropriately.
- Contribute to the body of research on human trafficking.
In pursuit of these goals, the Institute on Healthcare and 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.
A significant challenge in trying to address the complex problem of human trafficking is knowing just how widespread it is. At the Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking, we recognize that human trafficking is a public health issue. This perspective guides our purpose as well as the trainings and educational resources we offer.
On-Demand Training With the Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking
Intervening as a Healthcare Professional
This one-hour training module is designed for healthcare professionals who may encounter patients affected by labor or sex trafficking and exploitation.Register
Our Advocacy Work
The Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking works with organizations worldwide to raise awareness of human trafficking. Our representatives are part of the following national committees and national and international organizations:
- National Advisory Committee (NAC) on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States (Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office on Trafficking in Persons): The role of the NAC is to advise the secretary and the attorney general on practical and general policies concerning improvements to the nation’s response to the sex trafficking of children and youth in the U.S.
- National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) (Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office on Trafficking in Persons): The NHTTAC provides training and technical assistance to enhance the public health response to human trafficking and holistically builds the capacity of communities to identify and appropriately respond to the complex needs of trafficked persons.
- International Society on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN): ISPCAN is an international multidisciplinary society of professionals dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- Health, Education, Advocacy and Linkage (HEAL) Trafficking: HEAL is an international group of multidisciplinary professionals addressing human trafficking through a public health approach.
- American Hospital Association Advisory Board on Human Trafficking.
Some of our recent advocacy activities include:
- U.S. Department of Justice Human Trafficking Summit, Washington, D.C. Presented on panel “Restoring Freedom/Empowering Victim Support.”
- American Hospital Association convening on human trafficking, Washington D.C. Presented on work of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) Human Trafficking and Child Trauma Expert Panel Meeting, Washington D.C.
New Developments in Human Trafficking
The Human Trafficking Risks of COVID-19
Measures that mitigate the spread of COVID-19 may exacerbate the risks of sex and labor trafficking of children and adults.