Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Every year since 2010, the President has dedicated the month to raising awareness about the different forms of human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, and educating people about this crime and how to spot it. At IHS, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage all health care professionals to take advantage of trainings and resources geared specifically toward those working within Indigenous communities.
To address the crisis of ongoing violence against Native Americans, IHS, the Administration for Native Americans, and the CDC have partnered to develop a Domestic Violence Awareness Public Service Announcement campaign. These PSAs are tailored specifically for Native communities for the purposes of providing survivors access to resources, improving bystanders’ ability to safely intervene, and increasing prevention efforts on both the individual and community level:
- Warning Signs and Prevention Skills (Transcript [DOCX])
- Seeking Services for Survivors (Youth Focused)
- Seeking Services for Survivors (Male Focused) (Transcript [DOCX])
- Seeking Services for Survivors (Female Focused) (Transcript [DOCX])
- Supporting Survivors and Responding to Domestic Violence (Transcript [DOCX])
- Increasing Community Safety
The SOAR to Health and Wellness Training is available for anyone interested in learning how to recognize and respond to human trafficking in health care or social service settings. There is also the SOAR for Indigenous Communities training , designed to equip those serving Indigenous populations to better understand the issues surrounding human trafficking and its impact on these communities. In addition, HHS also offers several other courses that will assist health care professionals to improve their response to patients that may be affected by human trafficking.
Other resources include the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888), a one-stop-shop for both victims of human trafficking and health care providers assisting victims of human trafficking. Specially trained anti-trafficking advocates staff the toll-free hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers can also dial 711 to access the hotline using TTY, or you can text 233733.
Everyone can play a part in ending human trafficking.