SOAR to Health and Wellness Training

SOARMany individuals who have experienced trafficking come into contact with health care and social service professionals during and after their exploitation, but still remain unidentified. The SOAR training equips professionals with skills to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to human trafficking.

By applying a public health approach, SOAR seeks to build the capacity of communities to identify and respond to the complex needs of individuals who have experienced trafficking and understand the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking.

After attending SOAR training, you will be able to:

  • Stop – Describe the scope of human trafficking in the United States
  • Observe – Recognize the verbal and non-verbal indicators of human trafficking
  • Ask – Identify and interact with individuals who have experienced trafficking using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach
  • Respond – Respond effectively to potential human trafficking in your community by identifying needs and available resources to provide critical support and assistance
“Real life scenarios…make you think about how to put these skills and knowledge into action.”
“I had no prior training or knowledge of human trafficking. I did not even realize people were trafficked for labor purposes. I just thought that this occurred in other places, when in reality it can be in the city that I live in.”
“Enjoyed the interactive platform, thought provoking questions asked, and having a survivor [facilitator]. Extremely well delivered by all speakers.”
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Who Should Take SOAR Training?

SOAR is for anyone interested in learning how to recognize and respond to human trafficking in health care or social service settings. Trainings will be available for:

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

How Do I Attend SOAR Training?

The SOAR training is delivered either in-person or online. Choose a training that best suits your work and your professional role.

SOAR Resources

  • Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking: State & Territory Profiles

    The U.S. State and Territory Profiles provide an overview of anti-trafficking activities and resources in each state and territory to help promote collaboration
  • SOAR Training Enhancements

    Published: July 13, 2017
    The infographic provides a high level overview of the three-tiered approach to enhancing the SOAR to Health and Wellness Training. Related project activities
  • SOAR Training Infographic

    Published: August 9, 2016
    SOAR | Stop. Observe. Ask. Respond to Human Trafficking A Training for Health Care and Social Service Providers

The HHS SOAR training program is administered by OTIP in partnership with the HHS Office on Women's Health, through the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center.

The Office on Trafficking in Persons thanks the 2014 and 2016 SOAR technical working groups for their hard work and contributions to the development of this training.

Last Reviewed: April 4, 2018

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