Raising Awareness

Health care organizations can raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking by:

  • Including information about human trafficking concerns in all employee and physician education.
  • Holding in-service educational programs on the problem of human trafficking.
  • Adding a component on human trafficking in all information presented on domestic violence.
  • Displaying posters with the hotline numbers in patient services areas and in places where patients may be alone, such as bathrooms and treatment rooms.
  • Being aware that employees from other countries, especially in entry-level positions within dietary, environmental services, and housekeeping departments could be victims themselves or know of victims. They are victims if someone else is imprisioning them when they are not at work and taking their paychecks.

If you think someone is a victim of human trafficking, call the Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline: (888) 373‑7888.

"I ask my brothers and sisters in faith and all men and women of good will for a decisive choice to combat trafficking in persons, which includes "slave labor."
Pope Francis, May 5, 2013

"Just remember: YIMBY — 'Yes, in my back yard'"
Cherie Sammis
Vice President, Mission Integration
St. Mary's of Michigan Medical Center
Saginaw, Mich.