Health Services

Identifying Human Trafficking Victims

IDENTIFYING VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

IN A HEALTHCARE SETTING

 

INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Healthcare providers may come into contact with victims of human trafficking and have a unique opportunity to connect them with much needed support and services. Anyone in a healthcare setting may be in a position to recognize human trafficking – from clerical staff to lab technicians, nursing staff, ambulatory care, radiology staff, security personnel, case managers, and physicians.

Healthcare providers in Suffolk County are encouraged to print and use the checklist of “Red Flags and Indicators” provided below. The pamphlet was adapted from materials provided by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).

RED FLAGS AND INDICATORS

Human Trafficking Identification Checklist

 

What should I do if I believe I have identified a victim of human trafficking?

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Ask for assistance with assessment and next steps, following all HIPAA & mandatory reporting regulations. The NHTRC Hotline is a confidential hotline, is operated 24-7, and has access to 200+ languages.

Text: 233733.

nhtrc@polarisproject.org


Local Resources

  • In case of emergency, call 911.
  • Contact EAC Network’s Child Advocacy Center at (631) 439-0480 for assistance and services within Suffolk County. After 5:00 pm and on weekends, contact the Safe Harbour hotline number at (631) 533-5658.
  • If you suspect the child’s parent/guardian is involved in the trafficking, call the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR) at 1-800-342-3720.

Additional Resources