LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- HEAL Trafficking, in partnership with Hope for Justice, announced the release of their new Protocol Toolkit for Developing a Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Health Care Settings.
"Between 28 and 88% of trafficked persons in the U.S. interact with health care providers while they are still being trafficked," said Dr. Susie Baldwin, Preventive Medicine specialist and President of HEAL Trafficking.
Ima Matul, who was trafficked from Indonesia at the age of 17, explains that the two times she saw a health care professional her traffickers told her "not to speak" and to "let them do the talking." Once, on her way to the ER with a serious head injury, her traffickers told her to tell the providers that she "bumped her head in the backyard."
"Trafficking victims slip through our doors every day, undetected, because health systems do not have plans in place. This Toolkit addresses that critical gap" said Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, Emergency Medicine physician at Harvard Medical School and Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking.
Ima, now Survivor Coordinator at Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, hopes that, with this Toolkit, professionals will be armed with the information and resources needed to identify and respond to trafficking survivors, like herself, in the health care setting.
A copy of the Toolkit can be obtained here.
HEAL Trafficking is a network of professionals addressing human trafficking from a public health perspective. www.HEALtrafficking.org
Hope for Justice brings an end to modern slavery by rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society. www.HopeForJustice.org
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SOURCE HEAL Trafficking