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Psychiatry’s Role in the Management of Human Trafficking Victims

An Integrated Care Approach

GORDON, MOLLIE, MD; SALAMI, TEMILOLA, PhD; COVERDALE, JOHN, MD, MEd; NGUYEN, PHUONG T., PhD

Journal of Psychiatric Practice®: March 2018 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 79–86
doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000287
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Human trafficking is an outrageous human rights violation with potentially devastating consequences to individuals and the public health. Victims are often underrecognized and there are few guidelines for how best to identify, care for, and safely reintegrate victims back into the community. The purpose of this paper is to propose a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional guideline for providing care and services to human trafficking victims. Databases such as PubMed and PsycINFO were searched for papers outlining human trafficking programs with a primary psychiatric focus. No integrated care models that provide decisional guidelines at different points of intervention for human trafficking patients and that highlight the important role of psychiatric consultation were found. Psychiatrists and psychologists are pivotal to an integrated care approach in health care settings. The provision of such a comprehensive and integrated model of care should facilitate the identification of victims, promote their recovery, and reduce the possibility of retraumatization.

GORDON, SALAMI, COVERDALE, NGUYEN: Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

SALAMI: Department of Psychology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Please send correspondence to: Temilola Salami, PhD, Department of Psychology, Sam Houston State University, 1901 Avenue I, Suite 390, Huntsville, TX 77340 (e-mail: TXS047@SHSU.edu).

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