The University of Maryland SAFE Center, along with the Maryland Hospital Association and Maryland’s Human Trafficking Task Force released new guidelines for health care providers to identify survivors of human trafficking.
As human trafficking becomes better understood as a public health issue, the comprehensive Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Healthcare Providers, released during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, includes recommendations for best practices when working with survivors of trafficking and resources from credible local, state and national organizations.
The guidelines focus on caring for survivors in a trauma-informed manner, following the SIRV framework — Serve, Identify, Respond and eValuate. They offer a step-by-step guide to equip hospitals to meet the needs of survivors, deliver care and support and empower these patients.
Aligned with the Joint Commission’s directive that all hospital staff know how to identifyvictims of human trafficking, the guidelines explain when to involve law enforcement and what resources are available.
“We want health care providers to be well-equipped to recognize and support survivors of sex and labor trafficking from a trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach,” said Ms. Susan Esserman, founder and director of the SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors, which is a joint center of the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
The University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors works to provide direct services for survivors of sex and labor trafficking, conduct research and promote political advocacy in support of survivors. It is based out of the University of Maryland School of Public Health.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 07