October 20, 2023 Recap – Forum on Human Trafficking within Healthcare
Catch up with our recording!
HT-RADAR partnered with San Diego’s Human Trafficking & CSEC Advisory Council Health Subcommittee to resource professionals about HT.

Research estimates that up to 88% of survivors sought medical attention at some point during their exploitation. While learning to identify victims of human trafficking is the first step, an intervention can be multifaceted and complex. Become a part of the solution by joining professionals who are on the front lines of this public health issue. Thank you for your commitment to addressing this pressing issue, and educating yourselves with the resources provided.

The Health Subcommittee is sharing its Welcome Packet for those who would like to join the subcommittee, fill out this form.

Presentation and Panel Recording

Time stamps:

0:00       –  Presentation by Dr. Rachel Robitz

28:38     –  Presentation Q & A

36:18      –  Panel Introductions

40:05     –  Panel Discussion

1:30:38  – Panel Q & A


Speaker and Panelist Bios

Rachel Robitz, MD (Speaker)

Rachel Robitz, MD

Rachel Robitz, MD is the Medical Director of Turning Point Community Program’s Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic, a physician at Sacramento County Health Center’s Mercy Clinic for people who are unhoused, and faculty at UC Davis. She does consulting work on human trafficking and health for HHS’ Office of Trafficking in Persons and as an expert witness in cases involving human trafficking. She completed her residency in combined family medicine and psychiatry and a fellowship in community psychiatry at UCSD. She was previously the Program Director for UC Davis’ Family Medicine/Psychiatry residency. She also previously worked as a psychiatrist for multiple programs for people who have been trafficked. She has written and presented extensively on human trafficking and health. Her advocacy efforts have centered on improving the well-being of people who have experienced violence through policy work.


Mandated reporting of violence by healthcare providers is a complex issue with potential benefits and harms to people who have experienced interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. There is limited literature about the efficacy of mandated reporting in preventing future violent injury and the impacts on the health and emotional well-being of people who have experienced violence, particularly mandated reporting related to human trafficking. This presentation utilizes argument-based ethics to analyze literature on mandated reporting by healthcare providers of trafficking and discusses areas for further research.

Learning Objectives:

– Discuss three (3) potential risks and benefits of mandated reporting to people who have experienced trafficking
– Give two (2) examples of how mandated reporting may impact health equity
– Analyze California’s current mandated reporting laws according to the three (3) core tenets of medical ethics


Case Study Analysis Recording

Time stamps:

3:00       –  Case Study 1

23:34     –  Case Study 2

42:45      –  Case Study 3


CE Credits Provided by IVAT

This event was approved for 3 CE credits for in-person attendees. The cost of CE credit for this training was $15. To receive a CE certificate, please contact Chelsea Hill, Training and CE Manager, at chelseah@ivatcenters.org

IVAT (Institute on Violence and Trauma) has partnered with HT-RADAR to provide CE credits. The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now accepts American Psychological Association continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs. CE credits approved by California agencies are accepted in most states. The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737). The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma is approved by the State Bar of California to offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education for attorneys (#11600). The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma is approved by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAAP) to sponsor continuing education for certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors (Provider #IS-03-499-0223).