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Tackling Trafficking Through Health Care
The majority of trafficking victims have contact with a health professional while being trafficked. Yet, most health professionals have never been educated about trafficking. To train millions of practicing clinicians and trainees, more trainers, with content knowledge on human trafficking and teaching skills, are needed. This academy will equip public health and healthcare educators with the content knowledge and teaching skills to train health professionals in their communities to respond to human trafficking. Trainers who attend this workshop will learn to train on the “Core Competencies for Human Trafficking Response in Health Care and Behavioral Health Systems” established in February 2021 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Course director, Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, is one of the primary authors of this document.
This 2-day academy is designed to be a highly interactive flipped classroom and will model the adult learning strategies being taught, including case analyses, best uses of the virtual platform, peer feedback, alumni networking, polls, group activities, games, & more!

Co-sponsored by MGH Institute of Health Professions and HEAL Trafficking
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A united group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors, from a public health perspective.
Because Human Trafficking is a Public Health Issue

View a brief video of an abstract recently presented by CPD Director, Susan E. Farrell, MD, EdM and Workshop faculty Rahel S. Blosson, MD and Hanni M. Stoklosa, MD, MPH at the Annual Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) meeting.
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If you are interested in this academy, we invite you to consider attending if you:

Have experience training clinicians and/or providers about human trafficking, but want to close gaps in content knowledge while increasing your formal education in how best to train adult learners
• Have little or no experience educating others about human trafficking, but have current or future responsibilities in providing this training for clinicians and/or providers in your organization.

Please note, you need not be a health professional to attend this workshop.


After attending, participants will be able to: 
Define factors that promote adult learning.
Evaluate personal training strengths and areas in which to improve.
Broaden their community of clinician-educators within human trafficking education.

Day 1 Day 2
  • Discuss how to teach a public health approach to human trafficking.
  • Explore frameworks for teaching others about human trafficking identification and care as well as exploring their biases.
  • Identify barriers that prevent clinicians from identifying potentially trafficked individuals.
  • Apply learning principles and curriculum design to your teaching session.
  • Begin developing a group teaching session on a specific subtopic.
  • Trauma-informed care and how to teach it.
  • Role of culture in caring for victims of trafficking.
  • Developing a human trafficking protocol at your institution.
  • Analyze your community – what needs do you see for responding to human trafficking?
  • Create an action plan to expand current response in your health care community.
  • Present your group teaching session to your peers.



Jointly_Accredited_Provider_300x206In support of improving patient care, MGH Institute of Health Professions is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this activity for 13.75 contact hours for nurses. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

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Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs. MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this activity for 13.75 CE credits.

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Social Workers
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, MGH Institute of Health Professions is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. MGH Institute of Health Professions maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 13.75 clock hours for continuing education credits.

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This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive13.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.


We welcome pre-enrollment forms from any persons who:

• Have experience training clinicians and/or providers about human trafficking, but want to close gaps in content knowledge while increasing their formal education on how best to train adult learners.
• Have little or no experience educating others about human trafficking, but have current or future responsibilities in providing this training for clinicians and/or providers in their organization.

Please note, you need not be a health professional to enroll. There is no cost to pre-enroll in this program.




CE available for Nursing, Social Workers, Psychologists, Physicians and Physician Assistants.

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Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH

Biology, Emergency Physician | Department of Emergency Medicine | Department of Medicine | Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Executive Director | HEAL Trafficking

Hanni Stoklosa

Dr. Stoklosa, Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking, is an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with appointments at Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Stoklosa is a well-recognized investigator, advocate, and speaker focusing on the public health of trafficking survivors in the US and internationally. She has advised the International Organization for Migration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and National Academy of Medicine on issues of human trafficking and testified as an expert witness multiple times before the US Congress. Moreover, she has conducted research on trafficking and vulnerable populations in a diversity of settings including Australia, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Liberia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, South Sudan, Taiwan, and Thailand. Dr. Stoklosa published the first textbook addressing the public health response to trafficking, Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue A Paradigm Expansion in the United States.

Download a complimentary copy of an article co-authored by Dr. Stoklosa, "Training US health care professionals on human trafficking: where do we go from here?" 

View a brief video featuring Dr. Stoklosa, "Caring for Victims of Trafficking: Identification." 

View a brief video featuring Dr. Stoklosa, "Caring for Victims of Trafficking: Trauma-informed Care."  

Rahel Bosson, MD

Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. Bosson is a third-year psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Residency Program at Harvard Medical School. Before moving to Boston to complete a second residency, she served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Bosson was the former Medical Director of the Refugee Health Program (RHP) at the University of Louisville Global Health Center (GHC) where she began an integrated mental health program. As part of her role, she oversaw all medical activities within the GHC-RHP, including medical, psychiatric, social services, and community outreach for the different refugee/immigrant populations. Dr. Bosson is currently gratis faculty at the University of Louisville. She continues to maintain a practice and research focus on international healthcare, including refugee, immigrant, and undocumented populations.

Dr. Bosson has lived on three different continents and has presented both locally, nationally, and internationally on areas involving refugee health, human trafficking, and refugee population-specific interventions.


National Human Trafficking Hotline — available 24 hours per day

1-888-373-7888 • https://humantraffickinghotline.org

Faces of Human Trafficking.

This 3-minute video is a preview of a 9-part video series that is designed to raise awareness of human trafficking from the Office for Victims of Crime. 

Assessment Tool for Health Care Provider Human Trafficking Training
Use this link to access this assessment tool from HEAL Trafficking.

Universal Education About Human Trafficking for Health Professionals
26 February 2019
Read this UN blogpost
Hanni Stoklosa | Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking
Terri Davis | Emergency Medicine Physician, UF Health Shands Hospital