Human Trafficking Symposium


Human Trafficking is a Public Health Problem

Human trafficking is happening every minute around the globe. This issue is modern–day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers and/or fear of law enforcement. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help. Everyone can play a role in identifying and helping victims of trafficking, especially providers. Register for DCHA's first symposium dedicated to the topic of human trafficking. The symposium will feature keynotes and panels that will discuss the identification of victims, hospital protocols, community response and how to compassionately help the victims of this terrible crisis.

Keynote: Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking, Boston Massachusetts
Hanni is an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an expert on human trafficking. Her candid, and at times harrowing stories, illustrates this public health crisis. Hanni will describe how health care providers, and emergency room physicians in particular, are uniquely positioned to help victims of human trafficking. Read more about Hanni.

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) with appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She is Director of the Global Women's Health Fellowship at BWH, Connors Center. Dr. Stoklosa is an internationally-recognized expert, advocate, researcher, and speaker on the wellbeing of trafficking survivors in the U.S. and internationally through a public health lens. She has advised the United Nations, International Organization for Migration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, and the National Academy of Medicine on issues of human trafficking and testified as an expert witness multiple times before the U.S. Congress. Moreover, she has conducted research on trafficking and persons facing the most significant social, economic, and health challenges in a diversity of settings including Australia, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Liberia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, South Sudan, Taiwan, and Thailand. Among other accolades, Dr. Stoklosa has been honored with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health Emerging Leader award, the Harvard Medical School Dean's Faculty Community Service award, has been named as an Aspen Health Innovator and National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leader. Her anti-trafficking work has been featured by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Glamour, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, STAT News, and Marketplace. Dr. Stoklosa published the first textbook addressing the public health response to trafficking, "Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue, A Paradigm Expansion in the United States."

Keynote: Danielle J. Bastien, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
Danielle will provide an overview of human trafficking for health care providers with a focus on assessing, treating, and reporting, as well as the barriers health professionals face. Definitions of the many types of human trafficking will be discussed as health care is playing a vital role in identifying and helping victims. Danielle took on the issue of human trafficking for a doctoral project, which grew into formal training and hospital policy for all emergency room doctors and nurses across the Henry Ford Health System. Read more about Danielle.

Danielle graduated from the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In 2018, she completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her doctoral research was focused on creating and implementing a policy and procedure on identifying, assessing, and treating victims of human trafficking in the emergency department. This project has since expanded to become a permanent, system-wide procedure and education program for staff at Henry Ford Hospital and has since been adapted by more than 50 institutions across the US and Canada. Danielle recently left her role as a staff RN in the emergency department and now serves as the Clinical Coordinator of Advanced Practice. She is also a nurse practitioner in Hematology/Oncology, both at Henry Ford Hospital. Danielle works closely with law enforcement both locally and federally, building community partnerships to fight human trafficking.


9 am Registration
9:30 am Welcome & Introductions
9:45 am Keynote: Hanni Stoklosa
10:45 am Community Response Panel
Noon Lunch (provided)
1 pm Keynote: Danielle J. Bastien
2:15 pm Survivors-Providers Panel
3:15 pm Adjourn

Register $25 includes Lunch


Yolette Gray, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Community Engagement, 202-682-1584