RHY Resources

DHHS Human Trafficking Issue Briefs

The Department of Health and Human Services created and released a series of issue briefs focused on various topics under Human Trafficking for service providers. Here you will find five of those briefs covering a range of topics from case management, assessing needs, residential facilities, identifying victims/survivors, and mental health treatment. The five briefs are as follows:

These briefs are 7 to 10 pages in length giving not only an overview, but covering the various areas within in topic more deeply.


Polaris Resource: Important U.S. Numbers to Know

Polaris Project developed this helpful list of numbers to know and call in case of working with a victim/survivor of human trafficking.

Bought and Sold

The Department for Health and Human Services developed this brief, Bought and Sold: Helping Young People Escape from Commercial Sexual Exploitation, to give information and resources on the dynamics of Human Trafficking of young people.


Medical Treatment of Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

This issue brief examines the procedures and protocols that currently exist for assessing and treating victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in healthcare settings in an effort to evaluate their applicability to victims of human trafficking. Given the similar trauma experienced by victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, the procedures and protocols for domestic violence and sexual assault offer the best foundation on which to learn from and build proper response systems for victims of human trafficking. Since the procedures and protocols related to domestic violence and sexual assault typically focus on the sexual nature of the offense, this issue brief will primarily focus on victims of sex trafficking as well as victims of labor trafficking who are sexually assaulted.


Power and Control Wheel

Polaris Project created this wheel by adapting it from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project's Duluth Model Power and Control Wheel (www.duluthmodel.org). The Power and Control wheel looks at the various tactics of traffickers to maintain power and control over their victims.

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