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Identification and Aftercare of Trafficked Persons in Ontario: What Health-care Providers Need to Know, RNAO

February 21, 2017

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, and exercising control over someone in order to exploit them (RCMP, 2013). It may involve international border crossing, but more often occurs within Canada between cities/provinces, or even within a single city. Several forms of human trafficking exist, and recent data demonstrates that while many marginalized persons are vulnerable, healthcare providers may need to consider screening all clients in diverse clinical environments. Although there is a long history in Canada of law enforcement and social service involvement, healthcare providers may not have received the same level of training in order to safely and effectively identify, assess, and refer trafficked persons. This webinar will familiarize you with the scope and scale of human trafficking in Ontario and Canada, and how healthcare providers can play a critical role in the identification, and aftercare provided to these individuals. During this session, you will also be provided with information as to how to navigate and access local resources, and discuss future directions for advocacy and change at the systems level.

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  • Overview of human trafficking at the provincial and national level
  • Safely identify trafficked persons, and learn about health assessment and health needs
  • Learn strategies to coordinate care once trafficked person identified


  • Mia Biondi, PhD, RN, NP-student, Western University, London, ON.
  • Jenna Baronette, MScN, NP-PHC, Waterloo Region, ON.
  • Caroline Pugh-Roberts, Executive Member and Lived Experience Advisor, London Anti-Human Trafficking Committee, London, ON.
  • Julie Neubauer, MEd, Manager of Human Trafficking Services, Covenant House, Toronto, ON.

Materials adapted with the assistance of Tara Wilkie, RN/Forensic Nurse Examiner, Fraser Health Authority, BC.

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