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Identifying and helping victims of human trafficking


The AAD Ad Hoc Task Force on Dermatologic Resources for the Intervention and Prevention of Human Trafficking has developed the medical and educational resources in this resource center to help dermatologists provide timely support and advocacy for those who are trafficked.

Registry of human trafficking skin signs

Please click here to log anonymous cases of skin findings seen in those experiencing trafficking.

Dr. Shadi Kourosh explains dermatology’s role in identifying and helping victims of human trafficking

Thank you to Anthony Martinez, Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy for videography and video production.


Why dermatology?

Dermatologists are uniquely positioned to aid in efforts to assist those experiencing trafficking with our training to recognize and diagnose relevant signs on the skin and to assist patients with certain aspects of care and recovery, including the treatment of diseases, scars, and tattoos.


Donate today!

Donate today to support the AAD’s trafficking toolkit and Mass General’s trafficking registry as well as development of continuing medical education materials focused on recognizing and supporting trafficked individuals. Visit www.aad.org/donate and note “Human trafficking” in the comments associated with your donation.

How to handle a patient encounter when you suspect trafficking

In this video, Abigail Judge, PhD, a national expert on trafficking from the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, speaks with Rachel Niemiec, DNP, FNP-C, former nurse examiner and trafficking survivor advocate, on principles of trauma-informed care and pearls for navigating a visit where trafficking is suspected.

Thank you to Anthony Martinez, Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy for videography and video production.

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