As we learn more about human trafficking states are passing legislation to require healthcare providers to learn about human trafficking. Currently, only a handful of states have these requirements. A webpage operated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services lists all of the human trafficking statutes of each state. The page is updated periodically and can be found here.
According to state statue, CT ST § 17a-106h, healthcare professionals must complete a training program with a video presentation that offers awareness of human trafficking issues and guidance by July 1, 2018 and annually thereafter.
According to the Human Trafficking Bill, Chapter 2019-152, healthcare professionals must complete one hour of continuing education related to human trafficking and post a sign about human trafficking in their office by January 1, 2021.
According to state statue, LA R.S. 40:2175.7, every mandatory reporter to law enforcement shall certify to the Louisiana Department of health that they have participated in a training on human trafficking awareness and prevention on an annual basis beginning August 1, 2019.
The Department of Health, in consultation with the Commission on Human Trafficking established by section 1 of P.L.2013, c. 51 (C.52:17B-237), shall develop, approve, and provide for a one-time training course on the handling and response procedures of suspected human trafficking activities for employees of every licensed health care facility.
According to New York Public Health Law, NY PUB HEALTH § 2805-y, every subject (health) facility shall provide, on an ongoing basis, personnel training in the recognition of indicators of a human trafficking victim and the responsibilities of such personnel in dealing with persons suspected as human trafficking victims.
According to Ohio Regulation, OH ADC 4723-14-03, a nurse must complete one contact hour of education that is directly related to recognition and handling of human trafficking victims beginning January 1, 2018.
Beginning September 1, 2020 as a result of House Bill 2059 (86R) health care practitioners in Texas who provide direct patient care must now complete an approved human trafficking prevention training course in order to renew their license.