Health Provider Training

Cynthia.pngWashington Trafficking Prevention's (WTP) human trafficking training for emergency room staff and other medical personnel is now in its second year.  The training was developed in partnership with Dr. Cynthia Wolfe, an Olympia-based physician Board certified in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine with 25 years emergency department experience. 

WTP offers both a 1-hour Grand Rounds training, and a comprehensive 2-hour training that includes a trafficking survivor speaking to their experience.  In 2016 we have expanded our training scope to work with nursing assistants, clinic social workers, case managers and other clinic staff with a unique opportunity to intervene and assist victims. 

In August, WTP was invited to organize a train-the-trainer workshop for emergency room and birth center nurse educators at CHI Franciscan Health.  In 2017, all clinic personnel incoming to CHI's seven hospitals in King, Pierce, and Kitsap counties will receive standardized training on identifying and responding to victims of human trafficking.


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Resources for Health Professionals

Dr. Cynthia Wolfe: Guidelines to Help Recognize and Address Human Trafficking.  Download here.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center patient screening and response algorithm. Download here.

Polaris Project: Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking.  Download here.

Click here to access FREE patient screening resources and tools from the DHHS Administration for Children & Families: Campaign to Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Campaign.


Interested in learning more about screening and response for human trafficking in a clinic setting, but unable to organize an in-person training?  In partnership with CHI Franciscan Health, WA Engage is pleased to present a 45-minute video of Dr. Wolfe training clinic staff at St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood.   This training was recorded on May 2, 2016 (note, visual appears ~50 seconds into the presentation).

Academic Research

American Academy of Pediatrics: Child Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Health Care Needs of Victims. Download here.

Southern Medical Journal: Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional. Download here.

The Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago School of Law: The Health Consequence of Sex Trafficking and their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities.  Download here.


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  • Frances Walker
    published this page in Programs 2016-06-03 08:48:01 -0700