Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue

A Paradigm Expansion in the United States

  • Makini Chisolm-Straker
  • Hanni Stoklosa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Wendy J. Barnes, Holly Austin Gibbs
    Pages 15-27
  3. Clydette L. Powell, Cyril Bennouna
    Pages 43-66
  4. Nicole Littenberg, Susie Baldwin
    Pages 67-91
  5. Carol Smolenski, Sarah Ingerman
    Pages 93-104
  6. Madeline Hannan, Kathryn Martin, Kimberly Caceres, Nina Aledort
    Pages 105-121
  7. Erin Shanley, Robyn Jordan
    Pages 123-140
  8. Kathryn Xian, Shaylin Chock, Dustin Dwiggins
    Pages 141-152
  9. Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, Zheng B. Ma
    Pages 185-210
  10. Cathy L. Miller, Michelle Lyman
    Pages 293-307
  11. Annie Lewis-O’Connor, Elaine J. Alpert
    Pages 309-323
  12. Kimberly S. G. Chang, A. Seiji Hayashi
    Pages 347-362
  13. Elaine J. Alpert, Sharon E. Chin
    Pages 379-400
  14. Katherine Y. Chon, Smitha Khorana
    Pages 415-441
  15. Makini Chisolm-Straker, Hanni Stoklosa
    Pages E1-E3
  16. Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, Zheng B. Ma
    Pages E5-E5
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 443-457

About this book


This clear-sighted reference examines the public health dimensions of labor and sex trafficking in the United States, the scope of the crisis, and possibilities for solutions. Its ecological lifespan approach globally traces risk and protective factors associated with this exploitation, laying a roadmap towards its prevention. Diverse experts, including survivors, describe support and care interventions across domains and disciplines, from the law enforcement and judicial sectors to community health systems and NGOs, with a robust model for collaboration. By focusing on the humanity of trafficked persons, a public health paradigm broadens our understanding of and ability to address trafficking while adding critical direction and resources to the criminal justice and human rights structures currently in place.

Among the topics covered:
  • Children at Risk: Foster Care and Human Trafficking
  • LGBTQ Youth and Vulnerability to Sex Trafficking
  • Physical Health of Human Trafficking Survivors: Unmet Essentials
  • Research Informing Advocacy: An Anti-Human Trafficking Tool
  • Caring for Survivors Using a Trauma-Informed Care Framework
  • The Media and Human Trafficking: Discussion and Critique of the Dominant Narrative
    Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue is a sobering read; a powerful call to action for public health professionals, including social workers and health care practitioners providing direct services, as well as the larger anti-trafficking community of advocates, prosecutors, taskforce members, law enforcement agents, officers, funders, and administrators.
    “An extraordinary collection of knowledge by survivors, academics, clinicians, and advocates who are experts on human trafficking. Human Trafficking is a Public Health Issue is a comprehensive offering in educating readers on human trafficking through a multi-pronged public health lens.”
Margeaux Gray: Survivor, Advocate, Artist, Public Speaker


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Editors and affiliations

  • Makini Chisolm-Straker
    • 1
  • Hanni Stoklosa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-47823-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-47824-1
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