Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in the Health Care Setting- Pharmacist



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Many health care providers in the United States practice with the thought that human trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery, does not exist here in the United States. Rather, they believe that it is a problem relevant only to far off distant countries. The truth is that this terrible crime is occurring right here in the United States, just as it is in faraway places. In the United States, roughly 88% of victims have had an interaction with a healthcare provider during their captivity. This puts health care professionals in a unique position to interact with victims in a way that, if appropriately identified, can result in liberation for the victim. Identifying persons believed to be a victim of human trafficking requires health care providers to not only recognize the many types of trafficking that can occur, but also be able to recognize the indicators that unlawful human trafficking may be taking place. To identify victims that are potentially in plain view yet unseen, health care professionals must be diligent to read between the lines of those things left unsaid to see the bigger picture presenting before them. From a pharmacy viewpoint, a woman that you notice coming into the pharmacy often to purchase emergency contra- ception may not be a victim of human trafficking, but she may be. It takes a closer examination of the bigger picture to discover if there are indicators of unlawful activity taking place. Does she have any other indicators that would merit striking up a conversation with her to dig a little deeper?...


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Course Information

Target Audience


Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the types of human trafficking
  • Outline key factors that place a person at greater risk of being a victim of human trafficking
  • Recognize general indicators that a person may be a victim of human trafficking as well as validated assessment tools for identifying a human trafficking victim
  • Identify methods for reporting human trafficking to include the national hotline.
  • Outline referral options for legal services as well public and private social services available for rescue, food, clothing and shelter
  • Describe procedures for sharing information related to human trafficking with a patient

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0798-0000-21-212-H04-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.