Human trafficking

This week you will have the opportunity to participate in an Interprofessional Educational Experience (IPE). The concept of IPE in educational programs has been a clarion call from the National Academies of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) as a way to prepare healthcare practitioners to fully engage in collaborative practice roles.

In this discussion, you will explore the role of the interprofessional team in identifying and reducing human trafficking. A 2017 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that more than 40 million people were being exploited as victims of human trafficking at any time in 2016. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and a grave violation of basic human rights (Vejar, 2020). The United Nations defined trafficking of children as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and/or receipt” kidnapping of a child for the purpose of slavery, forced labor and exploitation.” 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 (Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, 2020).

Given these statistics, it is not surprising that Human Trafficking is on the rise and so hard to track. After watching Frontline: Trafficked in AmericaLinks to an external site. think about the role of the interprofessional team in identifying victims of Trafficking and reducing Trafficking rates in patients, particularly youth.


Link to PBS film here: to an external site.


Initial Post : After watching the video (or listening to the audio track), respond to the following in the collaborative Interprofessional Discussion area:

Clearly present your perspective and well-informed thoughts based on personal professional growth, new insights/ideas, ethical considerations, and citations from your text and other sources. 

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