SOAR to Health and Wellness Training

Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond to Human Trafficking


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

Many victims of human trafficking come into contact with health care and social service professionals and remain unidentified. Potential victims can present with a wide-range of physical and psychological health issues and social service needs. The SOAR training aims to educate health care and social service professionals how to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to potential victims of human trafficking.

  1. What is the history of the SOAR training?

    The SOAR training was originally designed in 2014 by the HHS Administration for Children & Families (ACF) and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) as a pilot training for health care providers. It was tested by partnering with hospitals and community clinics in Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Oakland, and Williston and New Town, North Dakota with the goal of increasing provider awareness and identification of potential victims of human trafficking. Two SOAR Technical Working Groups and several regional work groups comprised of human trafficking survivors and other experts helped develop the SOAR content.
  2. Who should take the SOAR training?

    Anyone interested in learning more about how to recognize and respond to human trafficking in a health care or social services setting is encouraged to enroll in SOAR. In particular, training content will be available for the following specific audiences:
    • Health care providers (e.g., physicians, dentists, nurses)
    • Social workers (e.g., school-based social workers)
    • Public health professionals (e.g., health department staff)
    • Behavioral health professionals (e.g., mental health/substance use counselors)
  3. What will I learn in the SOAR training?

    You will learn how to:
  • Stop - Become aware of the scope of human trafficking
  • Observe - Recognize the verbal and non-verbal indicators of human trafficking
  • Ask - Identify and interact with a potential human trafficking victim using a victim-centered approach
  • Respond - Respond effectively to a potential human trafficking victim
  1. Will the SOAR training be available online?

Yes, you will have the option to take the SOAR training through an online virtual classroom. These training sessions use the same content as the in-person SOAR training, and will be conducted in real-time by a SOAR trainer.

  1. When will the SOAR training be available and how do I enroll?

In-person and virtual training will be available starting August 2016. Watch for specific instructions once the course is open for enrollment.

  1. Will the SOAR training be available in a self-paced format?

No, you must attend a scheduled training session. However, the course materials will be available for you to download and reference any time after you have completed the training.

  1. How long does the training take?

The SOAR training is a three-hour course.

  1. Can I receive continuing education (CE) or continuing medical education (CME) credit for completing the SOAR training?

We anticipate offering CE and CME credit.

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Last Reviewed: May 23, 2016