WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Human trafficking, which includes both forced labor and sex trafficking, is a modern form of slavery. Human traffickers keep their victims under control by means of force, fraud, or coercion.
The most defenseless members of our society are the targets of human trafficking. Everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status, is vulnerable to the human trafficking industry based on greed and exploitation.
Victims of trafficking often believe false promises of a better life and then are subjected to the traffickers’ use of force, fraud, or coercion to keep them under their control. Those who are victims of human trafficking often have their most fundamental rights violated.
Human trafficking is a violation of human rights and a crime against humanity. Every citizen in communities across the globe has an obligation to help eradicate this vile crime from society. Most of the time inaction is due to the lack of awareness and understanding of the crime. You can make a difference by recognizing human trafficking and by knowing what to do to take action against it.
The Healthcare Practitioner Human Trafficking course will cover mandatory topics that are required by the state of Texas per House Bill 2059 (86R).
- Define human trafficking
- Understand the realities of trafficking
- Identify risk factors and vulnerabilities related to trafficking victims
- Explain recruitment techniques
- Recognize human trafficking indicators in the clinical setting
- Respond appropriately to victims of human trafficking
- Develop a Response Protocol
Report incidents, as appropriate
Examples of healthcare professionals that need to take a human trafficking course to renew their license:
Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Massage Therapist, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrator, Respiratory Therapist, Licensed Master Social Worker, Registered Dieticians, and many more.
Beginning September 1, 2020, certain healthcare practitioners who provide direct patient care must complete an approved human trafficking prevention training course in order to renew their licenses. In order to satisfy the training requirement, the course must be approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Our course has been approved by HHSC.
In addition to working with HHSC, we are partnering with the non-profit organization, Hands of Justice. This course was designed with the advice and expertise of Becca Cary, a human trafficking survivor. She is the founder of Hands of Justice, an anti-trafficking non-profit in Montgomery County, Texas. Becca holds the Survivor position on the board for Montgomery County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, is a member of the Survivor Expert Advisory Committee (SEAC) with the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, and is a member of the Survivor Advisory Committee for the State of Texas.
A portion of all sales of this course will be donated to Hands of Justice. For more information on this non-profit please click the Hands of Justice icon below.