Hidden in Plain Sight - Human Trafficking in America San Marcos Hays County EMS San Antonio, Texas
Human trafficking is the fastest-growing organized crime activity in the United States, averaging over $30 billion per year. Research has revealed that up to 88% of human trafficking victims accessed healthcare while being trafficked. This means that the chances are high that as an emergency responder or healthcare provider, you have treated a victim of human trafficking and may not have recognized it. In this discussion, learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, how to identify a potential victim, and what you should do if you identify a victim. This lecture will include key takeaway points compiled from various resources including the human trafficking victim-witness coordinator for Central Texas, a human trafficking victim, Allies Against Slavery, the International Labour Organization, social services and emergency care providers, and the Institute for Family Violence Studies.
Understand the scope of human trafficking in the United States.
Understand the role of emergency personnel in caring for persons at risk for human trafficking.
Identify common characteristics to help identify at-risk persons.
Identify resources available once a victim or potential victim has been identified.