Human trafficking of children and adolescents: recognition and response in the emergency department.

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Labor and sex trafficking impact children of all ages, genders, and nationalities. Trafficked patients present to the emergency department for illnesses and injuries both related and unrelated to their trafficking experiences. Emergency clinicians are not meant to be experts in labor and sex trafficking, but they must know enough to be able to identify patients at risk for trafficking and ensure that these patients have the opportunity to be connected to relevant services and support. This issue reviews the ways in which youth are trafficked, the indicators of trafficking, and the evidence-based and best-practice recommendations for addressing suspected or confirmed trafficking in the pediatric and adolescent patient populations.







Larissa Truschel

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

I am a pediatric emergency medicine physician with a research interest in child health advocacy, health equity, and medical education. I chose pediatric emergency medicine because I enjoy taking care of children and supporting their families, whether the child has a minor or severe illness or injury.

My academic work focuses on health equity and social justice. I have worked with community organizations nationally and internationally in the areas of social screening, health outcome disparities, identification of human trafficking, and interventions that target child poverty. I am interested in enhancing the health equity and advocacy training provided to pediatrics residents and developing future leaders in Pediatrics who are prepared to address health disparities. 

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