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Human Trafficking: A Public Health Perspective on a Human Rights Issue

Originally presented on November 21, 2013

Lauren Pesso, LMSW, MPA
Director of the Human Trafficking Program
My Sisters' Place

Christa M. Stewart, Esq.
Coordinator, NYS Human Trafficking and Unaccompanied Children Programs
Bureau of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance/OTDA

Human trafficking has often been referred to as “modern day slavery.”  The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 defines human trafficking as recruiting, abducting, facilitating, transferring, harboring, or transporting a person, by threat or use of force, fraud or coercion, for the purpose of subjecting that person to involuntary servitude, peonage, slavery, slave-like practices, commercial sex, or forced or bonded labor services.  According to federal law, any person under the age of 18 years old induced to perform a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking, whether force, fraud or coercion are present or not.1
Victims of human trafficking often suffer from a variety of health issues including malnourishment, STIs and other gynecological issues, exposure to communicable diseases, chronic conditions including vision, back, hearing, and respiratory problems, dental issues, and a host of disorders related to psychological trauma. 
Unfortunately, victims of human trafficking frequently remain unnoticed or unassisted.  This webcast will provide the public health workforce with an overview of human trafficking as well as insights on how to detect it and what actions to take if there is suspicion of trafficking.  Further, this webcast will examine the myriad health implications of human trafficking and address additional concerns for special populations.

  1. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), Public Law 106-386 22 United States Code, § 7102(8)

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of human trafficking on public health and wellbeing of victims;
  • Discern situations in the local community that may indicate human trafficking;
  • Identify populations that are at higher risk for victimization;
  • Formulate a plan of action to be taken when human trafficking is suspected.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing education credits will be available until November 2016.

The planners and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.