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Identifying Human Trafficking in Texas: What Physicians Need to Know 

TAFP has published this CME course to educate physicians on how to identify, treat, and respond to people who are at risk or who have been trafficked. The course, which meets all required Texas Health and Human Services Commission human trafficking training standards, is accredited for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and 1 Ethics.

Release Date: November 6, 2023
Expiration Date: November 6, 2025

Cost of activity: There are no fees required for participating in or receiving credit for this online enduring CME educational activity. 

By the end of this education activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Recognize the elements of patient history, physical findings and behaviors that suggest potential human trafficking.
  2. Discuss various ways to screen for human trafficking.
  3. Take appropriate actions with patients and authorities in cases of suspected human trafficking.


Melinda Lopez, MD
OB/GYN and Affiliate Faculty, Department of Women’s Health
People’s Community Clinic
Austin, Texas

Faculty biography and disclosure

Dr. Lopez is an OB/GYN and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Women’s Health at People’s Community Clinic in Austin. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

Dr. Lopez disclosed she is a consultant for Afaxys.

Planner disclosures

TAFP staff and planners disclose they have no financial relationships with any ineligible organizations or commercial interests.

Texas Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP has reviewed this activity Identifying Human Trafficking in Texas: What Physicians Need to Know and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.00 Online Only, Enduring AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 11/06/2023 to 11/06/2025. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Texas Medical Board continuing medical education requirements information

This activity has been designated by the TAFP for 1 hour of credit in ethics and/or professional responsibility. This conference includes sessions that meet physician CME requirements mandated by the Texas Medical Board for pain management, human trafficking, and medical ethics.

The presentation entitled "Identifying Human Trafficking in Texas: What Physicians Need to Know" is approved for 1 CME credit which meets the Texas Medical Board licensure requirement for human trafficking and medical ethics continuing medical education.

All materials are included with permission from all parties. The opinions expressed are those of the faculty and are not to be construed as those of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, Policies, and Standards for Commercial Support. Recommendations involving clinical medicine in a continuing medical education activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

This activity is intended to meet the educational needs of family physicians and other primary care clinicians including internists, family physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are seeking education on screening for human trafficking.

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated on the title page; physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted on the main page. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and/or AAFP Prescribed Credit, you must complete the post-test and CME evaluation survey. Your full name, designation, and email address must be completed within the post-test and CME evaluation survey.

To receive CME credits, you must read the learning objectives, faculty and staff disclosures, target audience, and accreditation statements. You must watch the webinar in its entirety. Opportunities for additional questions for the faculty will be provided in the CME evaluation survey. Access the CME evaluation survey by clicking the button below.

CME certificates will be sent via email by TAFP after you complete the CME evaluation survey. If you need a certificate email, please contact Heather Osborne.

Trafficking in Persons 101 Fact Sheet 2020

Human Trafficking by the Numbers 2016 - More Than Drinks For Sale - A Roadmap for Systems and Industries to Prevent and Disrupt Human Trafficking Health Care

Dignity Health Foundation: Meet Josie - Human Trafficking Response Program 2017

Journal of Ethics - Caring for the trafficked patient: Ethical challenges and recommendations health care professionals

Polaris Project Medical Assessment Tool

Polaris Project - Comprehensive Human Trafficking Assessment - Adult Human Trafficking Screening Tool and Guide

Dignity Health Foundation - Trauma-informed approach to victim assistance in health care settings

Brochures and Safety Cards | National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (

Compassionate Care-Going the Extra Mile: Sex Trafficking Survivors' Recommendations for Healthcare Best Practices - PubMed (

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Questions and Answers: Victims of Human Trafficking, T Nonimmigrant Status

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Adult Human Trafficking Screening Tool and Guide

Texas Advocacy Project

Polaris Project

Heal Trafficking

Futures Without Violence


Jessica Miley, CHCP, TAFP Director of CME and Compliance
(512) 329-8666

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