Human Trafficking: Providing Meaningful Intervention - Online Course

This course is designed to provide a general overview of the complex issue of human trafficking.


Accreditation:  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses play a pivotal role in the identification of potential victims of human trafficking. This course is designed to provide a general overview of the complex issue of human trafficking. Increased knowledge will help nurses to spot the common red flags associated with trafficking. Once identified, nurses can begin to provide victims with meaningful, trauma-informed care and interventions.

What’s in it for me?

Victims of human trafficking (HT) often encounter health care providers (HCPs) while being trafficked, yet many HCPs lack adequate training regarding the issue. This module will provide an overview of HT, including common forms. Indicators of HT and vulnerabilities associated with HT will be reviewed. Health consequences victims may experience will be discussed in detail. A case study about men and boys in Thailand will be highlight the issue.

Course Learning Outcomes:

After participating in this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define the various types of human trafficking
  • Recognize common indicators of human trafficking
  • List health problems experienced by victims of human trafficking
  • Identify ways nurses can intervene if human trafficking is suspected
  • Describe the current situation regarding men and boys involved in sex trafficking in Thailand

About the Author

Diana Kovacic, DNP, RN, Dr. Kovacic received her DNP degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2017. Dr. Kovacic’s thesis was centered around creating an instrument to assess health care providers’ knowledge of human trafficking. Dr. Kovacic volunteers for an agency in Cleveland working with victims of human trafficking and has worked abroad with men and boys in Thailand who were victims of sex trafficking. Dr. Kovacic is a full-time tenured professor at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

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