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HHS Health & Human Trafficking Symposium Panel Materials and Final Report

Published: October 11, 2019

In 2008, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) sponsored a national symposium focused on the health needs of human trafficking victims. This event brought together health care professionals, federal employees, and anti-trafficking advocates to discuss how best to identify victims in health care settings and ways that the health care system can provide improved and effective services to this population. Learn more from the Post-Symposium Brief.

Ten years later, ASPE partnered with the ACF Office on Trafficking in Persons to convene a follow-up symposium to reflect on how far the health service response to human trafficking has evolved, identify emerging issues, and inform future anti-trafficking efforts across the fields of health care, behavioral health, public health, and social work. Leading practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and trafficking survivors gathered to discuss critical issues and gaps, share lessons learned, identify trauma-informed clinical practices based on the best available evidence, and inform current and future anti-trafficking efforts. Over 120 partners attended the symposium in person, and over 300 participants joined online. Access the agenda and the final report.

The presentation materials and resource lists from each panel are available for download below.

  1. Panel 1: Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health Services for Trafficking Survivors
    Practical, concrete, and innovative approaches communities are taking to integrate primary and behavioral health care with a trauma-informed approach; why they have prioritized such strategies; and how they position them for organizational success

  2. Panel 2: Prevention of Human Trafficking
    The role of health care and social service settings in trauma-informed early intervention and prevention programs; lessons learned from adjacent fields such as child abuse and domestic violence

  3. Panel 3: Screening to Identify Trafficking Survivors                                                                                 
    Barriers to identification and strategies for developing, adapting, and using trauma-informed screening tools; referral protocols in diverse settings to promote access to services and ensure better coordination among providers

  4. Panel 4: Addressing the Health Needs of Minors and Young Adults                                                        
    Challenges and strategies, including trauma-informed prevention, screening, and intervention, for serving children and youth who have experienced sex or labor trafficking

  5. Panel 5: Addressing the Substance Use Needs of Trafficking Survivors and Exploring the Nexus With the Opioid Crisis
    The role of substance use and connection to trafficking, impact of the opioid crisis, challenges and strategies for treatment, harm reduction and prevention strategies, multidisciplinary coordination between criminal justice and community health stakeholders, and next steps

  6. Panel 6: Reflections on Next Steps (Research, Evaluation, Technical Assistance)
    Important research questions, measurement challenges, and/or technical assistance needs for the field and what research methodologies would be needed to answer them

Last Reviewed: October 11, 2019

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