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Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Human trafficking has become a growing social concern worldwide. Despite efforts to prevent it, human trafficking (human slavery) is an abuse that affects all age groups, genders, and ethnicities. Health professionals are increasingly required to be aware of the problem of human trafficking, to recognize it and to know how to intervene. Although the laws and law enforcement agencies combat human trafficking, health agencies are increasingly confronted with the demoralizing and crippling effects this abuse has on individuals, whole families and communities.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the scope of Human Trafficking
  • Explain the consequences of Human Trafficking
  • Discuss how to report Human Trafficking

Course Syllabus


Human Trafficking Definitions and Terms

Forms of Human Trafficking

      • Sex Trafficking

      • Forced Labor

      • Debt Bondage

      • Other Forms of Trafficking

    Prevalence of Human Trafficking

        • Prevalence According to Polaris

        • Prevalence According to the Bureau of Justice

        • Prevalence in the United States

      Human Trafficking Myths and Facts

      Human Trafficking Laws

          • International Laws

          • U.S. Federal Laws

          • State Laws

          • Tracking, Investigating, and Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases

        Risk Factors and Warning Signs of Human Trafficking

            • Risk Factors

            • Warning Signs

          Working with Victims of Human Trafficking

          Screening and Assessment

              • Screening Potential Human Trafficking Victims

              • Screening and Assessment Tools

            Trauma-Informed Services Safety

                • Trustworthiness and Transparency

                • Collaboration and Mutuality

                • Empowerment, Voice, and Choice

                • Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

                • Peer Support and Mutual Self-Help

              Treatment of Human Trafficking

                  • Trauma-Related Disorders

                  • Peer Support, Advocacy, and Case Management

                  • Crisis Shelters, Housing, and Residential Programs

                Organizational Training and Capacity Building




                Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW, LCSWC

                Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University and teaches practice, theory, and research in the MSW program. Her recent research focuses on deaf and hard of hearing populations, especially in the areas of behavioral health, intimate partner violence, telemental health, well-being, and help-seeking.

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