Every individual who has experienced trafficking is unique and will require a different mix of services. In addition to creating partnerships with public health professionals, community-based organizations, and survivors, your multidisciplinary treatment and referral process should also include health care, legal aid, law enforcement, behavioral health, and social services.
By building a comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment and referral team, you can work together to meet the various needs of an individual experiencing trafficking and their family members. Here are examples of immediate, medium-term, and long-term needs:
- Medical care, including mental health care
- Legal assistance
- Treatment for substance use
- Ongoing medical care, including mental health care and treatment for substance use
- Transportation to service appointments
- Access to systemic services
- Therapeutic counseling
- Legal aid
- Ongoing mental and medical health care to address the effects of long-term trauma
- The Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage (HEAL) Trafficking organization has developed a variety of resources, including a toolkit, to assist organizations in developing a referral network as part of a response protocol.
- The U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide provides practical tips and tools in building a referral network to coordinate services across multiple organizations.
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