SOAR to Health and Wellness Training

Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond to Human Trafficking


Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond (SOAR) Human Trafficking Training

Health care and social service providers may come in contact with victims of human trafficking and not recognize the red flags.   When this occurs, it leads to missed opportunities for intervention. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a developed a new training for these first responders called SOAR.  The SOAR curriculum is grounded in the public health approach that 1) places human trafficking along a spectrum of inter-related violence 2) understands the ripple effects of trauma and 3) encourages cultural-specific intervention efforts.

SOAR training sessions, both in-person and virtual classroom, will be available beginning August 2016.

Who should take the SOAR training?
Training content will be available for the following specific audiences:

  • Health care providers
  • Social workers
  • Public health professionals
  • Behavioral health clinicians

What are the main learning objectives of the SOAR training?
After completing the training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the reality of human trafficking in the United States in terms of why it is critical to your work
  • Recognize possible indicators of human trafficking
  • Model to others how to identify and interact with a person who is being victimized by a trafficker
  • Respond to the issue of human trafficking in your community effectively
  • Share the importance of human trafficking awareness and responsiveness to others in your work environment

Are continuing education (CE) credits available for those who complete the SOAR training?
CE credits are anticipated.

Project Contact:

Rochelle Rollins, PhD, MPH
HHS/Administration for Children and Families


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Last Reviewed: April 14, 2016