Educational Events on Human Trafficking


Human Trafficking Webinar Series with Dignity Health

  • Human Trafficking 101: Dispelling the Myths
    This presentation is the first in a multi-part series in which Holly Austin Gibbs, Program Director of the Human Trafficking Response Program and Philip Brown, RN, BSN, Director of Emergency Services at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center in Merced, CA share information on and their experiences with how to identify and assist trafficked persons with victim-centered, trauma-informed care and services.
  • Human Trafficking: A Trauma-Informed Health Care Response
    This webinar discusses the importance of using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach when caring for a victim of any type of interpersonal abuse, neglect, violence or exploitation. The webinar presents strategies and discusses the importance of this approach when caring for victims and survivors of human trafficking. Gibbs leads Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking Response Program. The webinar coincides with January being National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
  • Creating a Human Trafficking Victim Medical Safe Haven in Resident Physician Education: A Synergistic Dynamic of Care
    This webinar presents a solution for providing the long-term medical care essential for human trafficking victim and survivor recovery. A logistical framework, best practices and training curriculum will be presented based on a highly successful medical safe haven incorporated into Dignity Health’s family medicine residency clinic. The program presents a viable, low-utilization construct for providing widespread survivor-led, victim-centered, trauma-informed medical care to human trafficking victims and survivors while concurrently training the future physician workforce to recognize and appropriately treat this vulnerable patient population. The presenter is Ron Chambers, MD, FAAFP, Program Director of the Dignity Health Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program and Medical Director for the Mercy Human Trafficking Clinic.


HEAL Trafficking – A united group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors, from a public health perspective.  The HEAL Education and Training Committee focuses on educating health care providers about trafficking and making relevant, evidence based training resources more available.

Catholic Health Initiatives – Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness – With the goal of eradicating violence in all forms, CHI focuses on specific types of violence for purposes of education and awareness throughout the year.  An ongoing focus and commitment for CHI is human trafficking.  

Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking Response Program – Dignity Health is taking a stand to change this reality by creating the Human Trafficking Response (HTR) Program.  The goal of this program is to ensure trafficked persons are identified in the health care setting and appropriately assisted with victim-centered, trauma-informed care and services.

Human Trafficking: Guidebook on Identification, Assessment, and Response in the Healthcare Setting - Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Medical Society published a manual for health care providers on human trafficking to describe the health effects of trafficking and guide practitioners in assessing at-risk and trafficking individuals.

Baylor College of Medicine: Anti-Human Trafficking Program – In collaboration with the City of Houston Mayor’s Office, the Office of the Governor of Texas, and community partners, the Baylor College of Medicine Anti-Human Trafficking Program was created in 2016 to respond to the urgent needs of Houston-area victims and survivors of human trafficking.


Related Resources

Magazine & Journal Articles
Laura Castellanos, associate director at the American Hospital Association, discusses how to develop a human trafficking victim identification and response…
Other Resources
The American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative joins the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC…
Nelly Leon-Chisen, AHA Director of Coding and Classification, explains the importance of new codes, released in June 2018, for human trafficking. Learn more at…
Dignity Health releases human trafficking response resource for hospitals, May 2017
Other Resources
Catholic Health Initiatives Dignity Health: Human Trafficking Response Program    Massachusetts General Hospital    …
Advocacy Webinar Recording
  How Hospitals and Health Systems Can Address Human Trafficking Held March 23, 2017 3:00 p.m. ET As part of the American Hospital Association's…