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Documenting Human Trafficking

Document Appropriately 

  1. Document in the patient’s medical record that screening has (or has not) occurred. If screening has not occurred, document why. 
  2. Record if abuse, neglect, or other signs of trafficking are suspected even if the patient denies its occurrence. Document why trafficking is suspected. (i.e., Explanations are not consistent with injuries). 
  3. If available. Indicate other individuals available for assistance in cases of abuse.
  4. Request a social worker to assist in photo documentation in cases of child abuse, vulnerable adult abuse, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, or human trafficking. 
  5. When taking photographs: 
    1. If possible, take photographs before medical treatment is given. 
    2. Use a ruler to help assess the size of the injury. 
    3. Take at least two pictures of every major trauma area. 
    4. Based on healthcare facility policy, indicate where photographs can be safely and securely stored.
    5. Write the patient’s name, date, the medical record number, and the name of the photographer.
    6. [Insert where the photographs can be safely stored] . Also attach the consent form to the medical record or have the consent scanned into the medical record.

If you are in the United States and you need help or you want to learn more about human trafficking:

Call: 1 (888) 373-7888
National Human Trafficking Hotline
SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish, and 200 more languages
Website: humantraffickinghotline.org



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Based on healthcare facility policy, indicate where photographs can be safely and securely stored.