Launch of the Human Trafficking Policy and Protocol for Global Healthcare Providers — The Sovereign Order of Malta Permanent Observer Mission & Global Strategic Operatives / Thursday 29th September / United Nations Headquarters
Launch of the Human Trafficking Policy and Protocol for Global Healthcare Providers
Trafficked persons visit healthcare providers for a complex variety of acute and chronic injuries and diseases as well as mental health complaints, oftentimes making repeated visits, without appropriate screening. The purpose of this policy proposal is to present the World Health Organization and their stakeholders with a health care response to TIPs procedure framework for global adoption.
The goal of this proposal is to sustainably empower organizations globally in adapting and modifying, (based on local laws, organizational policies, language, geographic regions, and cultural and ethnic norms,) policies and procedures to guide the trauma-informed, survivor-informed response to trafficked persons presenting for treatment in health care facilities.
For three years the Sovereign Order of Malta and Global Strategic Operatives have developed a protocol to assist health care providers globally identify and assist victims of human trafficking. Until now there has been no universally recognized and approved TIP response procedure framework to guide health care professionals (HCP) when they encounter victims of human trafficking in the course of medical treatment and assistance.