White Paper: Recognizing Child Trafficking as a Critical Emerging Health Threat

Jessica L. Peck, Mikki Meadows-Oliver, Stacia M. Hays, Dawn Garzon Maaks

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Human trafficking is a pandemic human rights violation with an emerging paradigm shift that reframes an issue traditionally seen through a criminal justice lens to that of a public health crisis, particularly for children. Children and adolescents who are trafficked or are at risk for trafficking should receive evidence-based, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive care from trained health care providers (HCPs). The purpose of this article was to engage and equip pediatric HCPs to respond effectively to human trafficking in the clinical setting, improving health outcomes for affected and at-risk children. Pediatric HCPs are ideally positioned to intervene and advocate for children with health disparities and vulnerability to trafficking in a broad spectrum of care settings and to optimize equitable health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-269
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2021


  • Human trafficking
  • child trafficking
  • labor trafficking
  • pediatric nurse
  • sex trafficking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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