Fighting Human Trafficking in the Midst of Covid-19 Part 3: Specialties

Hi Everyone! 

It is day 3 of discussing how to Fight Human Trafficking in the midst of covid-19.  Today I am sharing resources for specific work specialties.  

Anti-trafficking organization Richmond Justice Initiative recently shared the following:

Survivor and Advocate Rebecca Bender shared recently that during COVID-19, human trafficking victims have been permitted by their traffickers to receive more external services than usual. We pray that these service providers would have their eyes opened to recognize the victims they come into contact with. Pray for their clarity of mind and quick action to help victims leave their situations and get to safety.”

Under each speciality header (General, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers and Child Protective Services, Truck Drivers, Hotels/Motels, Educators, Churches) are links that give information on trafficking in that specific context. 

Even if your specific field of work is not listed, I encourage you to research how to be aware of human trafficking in your specific work context.  Signs of human trafficking can be present anywhere and at anytime. 

Being aware could help  save someone’s life. If you suspect something, DO NOT GET DIRECTLY INVOLVED. This could hurt the victim, you ,or both.  Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling 1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711), texting 233733, or chatting here.



This is a link to the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign Awareness Videos. You can select from the categories “General Awareness”, “Sex Trafficking”, and “Labor Trafficking” to to view videos designed to spread awareness of the signs and indicators of human trafficking.


These two links are helpful resources for recognizing human trafficking in any job/context. The first is from the U.S. Department of State on how to “Identify and Assist a Trafficking Victim.” The second is from the National Human Trafficking Hotline on “Recognizing the Signs.” 

“Everyone has the potential to discover a human trafficking situation. While the victims may sometimes be kept behind locked doors, they are often hidden right in front of us at, for example, construction sites, restaurants, elder care centers, nail salons, agricultural fields, and hotels.”


This is a link from anti-trafficking organization Shared Hope International. It lists key terms used in the sex trafficking world. Being familiar with the “language” of sex trafficking is helpful in any setting in order to recognize a trafficking situation. 


This is a link to the National Human Trafficking Hotline online trainings. I would encourage you to scroll through to see what resources are applicable to you and/or your job speciality.


This is a link from the National Gang Center on Gangs and Human Trafficking.  This is important for any specialty to be aware of as coming across gangs or gang members in different contexts is a possibility.  

“ gang involvement with human trafficking—as one of the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprises—continues to increase…As gangs continue to participate in and profit from human trafficking, it becomes even more important for criminal justice and community organizations to be aware of the connections between the two.”



This is a link to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Use the keyword “healthcare” for crucial resources. Including resources on recognizing and responding to human trafficking, what to look for, and protocol when encountering a human trafficking situation in the healthcare setting. 


This is a link for health care providers who already have human trafficking trainings.  You can request access for an Assessment Tool for Health Care Provider Human Trafficking Training


This is a link to a brochure for healthcare providers on how to recognize and support victims. 

Law Enforcement 


This is a link from Truckers Against Trafficking’s Law Enforcement Training page.  It offers information on getting training as well as a training video in the middle of the page. 


This is a link from the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign. This page offers different trainings including: how human trafficking uniquely impacts Native Americans, interviewing victims of human trafficking, and Continued Presence (a temporary immigration status provided to individuals identified by law enforcement as victims of a “severe form of trafficking in persons”). 


This is a link from the National Human Trafficking Hotline with resources for law enforcement. If you work in law enforcement, browse their resources to find relevant online trainings, reports, and assessment tools.

First Responders


This is a link to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Use the keywords “First Responders” for crucial resources on what disaster responders need to know and trauma informed human trafficking screenings. 

See the above category “General” to find out more information on human trafficking to find out signs of human trafficking specifically.

Mental Health Professionals 

“The compounded nature of trauma in trafficking situations can have a significant impact on personal development, behavior, coping skills, and physical wellness.” 

“As a mental health professional you may or may not be aware if your client is also a victim of human trafficking. Therefore, it is important to keep these effects in mind when offering treatment to any client who may have experienced trauma so that if the client is a victim of trafficking, they can receive the specialized treatment required for recovery.”


This is a link to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Use the keywords “mental health” for crucial resources. Including resources like awareness for mental health professionals and trauma treatment and mental health recovery for victims of human trafficking. 

Social Workers and Child Protective Services

The following resources are geared towards social workers, but may also be applicable for Child Welfare Organizations

“Social workers are in a unique position to make a difference in this crisis[human trafficking], and many are already doing so through education, advocacy, and more targeted, informed, in-the-field interventions.”


This is a link to an article from New England University on “Social Work and Human Trafficking-Spotting the Signs, Ending the Crisis.” It includes trafficking indicators for labor and youth sex trafficking.


This is the link to an article from Social Work Today on Fighting Youth Sex Trafficking- The Social Worker’s Role. It includes a section on “Identifying Victims, Engaging Survivors” and the importance of learning the language of the sex trade.  


This is a link to a resource from the National Human Trafficking Hotline on the experiences of social workers, case managers, and the children of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program, and suggesting best practices in the context of Care for Trafficked Children.

Truck Drivers 


This is a link to the Truckers Against Trafficking Industry Training Program page.  This includes a training video for truck drivers to watch as well as link to register to learn more and become a certified Trucker Against Trafficking-Trained Driver. 



This is a link to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Use the key word “hospitality” to find relevant resources. 


This is a link to a human trafficking awareness training for hotels. If you scroll down, you can sign up for a trial to freely access this course. This 20-minute course addresses the issues surrounding human trafficking. It teaches the definitions of human trafficking and related terms while providing guidance on how to identify at-risk individuals. This course also includes strategies on how to identify human trafficking specific to the following roles: hotel and motel staff, housekeeping, maintenance and room staff, concierge, bellman, front desk, security and valet staff, and food and beverage staff.



This is a link to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Use the keyword “educators” for crucial resources. Including resources like an assessment tool for educators, awareness for educators, a student toolkit for students to help make others aware, a high school educator’s guide on ending human trafficking, and human trafficking fact sheet for schools to name a few.

“Schools are in a unique position to educate youth about human trafficking and identify potential victims while in a safe environment.  As such, schools can be an important player in local coordinated responses.”



This is a link to information on how places of faith can take action to combat human trafficking. 

“Communities of faith have a crucial role in the anti-trafficking field. As integral members of the community, faith communities are in a position to identify situations of trafficking, report tips to law enforcement, and connect victims with life-saving resources.”

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