The Many Needs of Trafficking Victims and Survivors

Healthcare Providers are uniquely placed to identify victims and assist them. Because of the services you offer, clinic providers and staff are true first responders. Thinking about the potential to reach victims can help clinics design a Human Trafficking Response Plan that begins with the very first contact with the scheduler and the waiting room. Schedulers and intake personnel should be trained to recognize signs and indicators of human trafficking. Hospitals should have education and awareness materials such as brochures in the waiting room, and posters in the exam rooms and exam room bathrooms. Clinicians and nurses should know how to create a safe and trusting environment for their exams. In addition, if a victim is identified, staff should be ready to refer victims on a case-by-case basis to meet other needs they may have in addition to those offered by your hospital.

Build Trust, Meet Needs

Trust Building in a Clinic Care Setting

Starts with Scheduler, Waiting Room Practices, Trauma Informed Care, Victim-Centered Approach, Referrals and Follow-up

Build Trust; Uncover Needs; Warm Handoffs

Recognizing and Acting on the Needs of Survivors


Acute Issues

Treatment of STIs and illnesses or injuries

Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Pregnancy Related

Mental Health

Trauma Focused Counseling

Addressing Mental Illness

Learning Emotional Regulation


Secure Housing

Food, Clothing, and Other Basic Needs

Time for Sleep and Detox

Life Skills

Conflict Management

Educational Services

Job Skills Training

Spiritual Needs



Community Support