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What is Human Trafficking?


Human trafficking occurs when an individual is forced, tricked, or manipulated to work.  The Action-Means-Purpose Model can be used to help understand this definition better.



Why Should Health Care Providers Know About This Public Health Concern?

Because we see individuals who have experienced human trafficking!  Studies have estimated that we have seen between 28-88% of individuals affected by trafficking during their encounter.  By knowing what to look for, we can help identify those at risk of trafficking and individuals who have been affected by human trafficking.  It’s important that we know how to use a trauma informed approach and to know our local resources.


How Can I Use A Trauma Informed Approach to Care?

The PEARR Tool can be used to assist providers with some practical guidelines when working with patients who may be experiencing complex trauma.


PDF iconFor The Full PEARR Tool Click Here

Where Can I Find Resources?

Emergency Advocate Support for Human Trafficking:


Chains Interrupted


Emergency Number: 319-536-2027

Non-Emergency Number: 319-364-0222)


NISAA African Family Services


24 Hour Help Line: 1-844-269-6203

Other Lines:



*Offers Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services


Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity


Helpline: 1.866.881.4641

*Offers Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services


National Resources:

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Call: 1 (888) 373-7888

Text: 233733 (BeFree)



Iowa Resources:

Iowa Victim Service Call Center

Call: 1-800-770-1650
Text: ‘IOWAHELP’ to 201-21


*They keep a list of updated resources.


Network Against Human Trafficking

Resources Page


Hospital Resources:

Ask to talk with a social worker or call 319-356-2207

Please find the handout on the Point which includes information on statewide resources.

Must be at the hospital or using remote access to utilize link.   Local and Iowa Resources

Professional Resources:

HEAL Trafficking

HEAL is the leading non-governmental authority on Human Trafficking as a health issue. Our approach is three-pronged. 1) We educate and empower health care providers to be prepared and able to respond to those who have experienced trafficking or are at risk.  2) We build the capacity of health systems to identify and support trafficked persons with approaches and policies designed to help survivors take the lead in accessing the services they need.  3) We advocate for public health approaches that are survivor-informed, evidence based, and prevention-oriented. Please join our network and commit to healing human trafficking!



SOAR Online

SOAR Online is jointly provided by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association is a national organization that provides guidance on addressing human trafficking through the health care system.