Human Trafficking Logo

2021 Virtual Rural Human Trafficking Summit

Working to End Human Trafficking by Increasing Education and Awareness Through the
Health Systems and Community Response

November 9-10, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Rural Human Trafficking Summit!  The 2021 Summit continues the rural human trafficking collaborative with an emphasis on rural prevention, treatment, and community collaboration.  We are glad to have you with us!

See below for materials and resources for the Summit.

Day One Presentations

Day One Recording (Note:  recording begins 9:15 am): Click here

Day Two Presentations

Day Two Recording:  Click Here

  • Resources.  For more information or help for victims of human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or contact one of the following organizations:
    • Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) – Human Trafficking Victims Services: Since 2003, OVC, with funding authorized by the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act (TVPA), has supported the development and enhancement of programs designed to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking. Visit
    • The Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives in February 2018. It proposes providing health care professionals with training on how to identify and appropriately treat human trafficking victims. Access to learn more.  They offer free online training with CEU credits for Public Health, Healthcare, Social Services, School-Based Professionals, Indigenous Populations, and several more.
    • The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) delivers training and technical assistance to inform and enhance the public health response to human trafficking. NHTTAC builds the capacity of communities to identify and respond to the complex needs of all survivors of human trafficking and address the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking. Visit
    • The Blue Campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed new products for medical front- line responders in law enforcement at state, local, and tribal levels. These include assessment tools and protocols for managing care for those affected by trafficking. Access to learn more.
    • Health care provides can access federal services through the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP), which provides information, trainings, and links to other organizations combating Human Trafficking at
    • Polaris Project is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Visit:
    • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is the nation’s clearinghouse & comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization, NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse, and exploitation – because every child deserves a safe childhood. Visit:
    • HEAL Trafficking—Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage. HEAL is a united group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors. HEAL’s goal is to mobilize a shift in the anti-trafficking paradigm toward approaches rooting in public health principles and trauma informed care.
    • Adult Human Trafficking Screening Tool and Guide.  A guide for training public health, behavioral health, health care, and social work professionals who wish to use trauma-informed and survivor-informed practices to assess adult clients and patients for human trafficking victimization or risk of potential trafficking victimization.  Adult Human Trafficking Screening Tool and Guide

The Rural Human Trafficking Summit is a partnership of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region III Office of the Regional Director, Health Resources and Services Administration; the Eastcentral and Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center; the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.


Other Human Trafficking Resources

“It’s on Us”: Healthcare’s Unique Position in the Response to Human Trafficking

by Jenn Lukens

Click here to read Part one of a two-part series on human trafficking in rural America.

Download a Human Trafficking Awareness Poster

Click on one of the sizes of posters below to download a PDF to print and share.
(Left) 8.5x11in, (Right) 11x17in

8.5in x 11in11in x 17in


2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Podcast Episodes

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s podcast series on human trafficking. Our goal is to educate everyone who can target and stop human trafficking which is defined as modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking occurs in every state, every city, every town and in almost every industry. Rural areas can be particularly vulnerable to trafficking, and a haven for traffickers. Listen to learn what actions rural communities can and are taking to prevent human trafficking and how to help victims get the support they need.

Join in listening to conversations from the 2019 Pennsylvania Rural Human Trafficking Summit, held on October 29, 2019. This summit was host to multiple guest speakers, including one survivor, who educated attendees on the ways human trafficking is affecting our communities and how to spot and stop this crisis; discussed strategies for health care and human service organizations to implement to train providers and staff on identifying potential human trafficked victims; and highlighted how this issue is impacting Pennsylvania and the role law enforcement is taking. Featured in our two podcasts are Susan Mathias, CEO of Transition of Pennsylvania and Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Association of Sexual Assault Centers and Kendra Aucker President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital; and Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Lannette Fetzer, Quality Improvement Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.

Episode 1

Episode 2


2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Presentations

Chelsea Edwards.General Session III Krista Hoffman.General Session I Martha Okafor.General Session II MaryTiernan.General Session I Patricia Danner.General Session II Steven Donahue.General Session V


Core Competencies for Human Trafficking Response in Health Care & Behavioral Health Systems

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Trafficking in Person (OTIP) has released the Core Competencies ...
Read More

‘It’s on us’: Health care’s unique position in the response to human trafficking

Health care providers have a valuable role to play in the identification of human trafficking victims and the provision of ...
Read More

National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) is offering ...
Read More

Department of Homeland Security Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human ...
Read More

“It’s on Us”: Health Care’s Unique Position in the Response to Human Trafficking

by Jenn Lukens Human trafficking, as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “involves force, fraud, or coercion to ...
Read More

Promising Practice: Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Puts Focus on Rural Human Trafficking
This article appeared as a Promising Practice feature in the March issue of the NOSORH Branch newsletter.
Reprinted with permission from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).

Loading Events

Upcoming Events › Human Trafficking

Events Search and Views Navigation

  • No matching events listed under Human Trafficking. Please try viewing the full calendar for a complete list of events.