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Now Available: Core Competencies for Anti-Trafficking Response in Health Systems


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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) has released the “Core Competencies for Human Trafficking Response in Health Care and Behavioral Health Systems.” These core competencies pinpoint skill sets that health care and behavioral health practitioners (HCPs) should acquire to identify, respond to, and serve individuals who have experienced trafficking and individuals at risk of trafficking.


Developed in partnership with HEAL Trafficking, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and funded by OTIP, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center facilitated a 3-year process to develop the competencies. These evidence-based core competencies outline actions that individual HCPs, organizations, researchers, and educators need to take to improve health outcomes for individuals who have experienced trafficking and those who are at risk of trafficking. The core competencies aim to improve prevention, identification, and response to human trafficking and institutionalize evidence-based, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive approaches to this critical public health issue.