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This webinar is designed for all dental assistants to familiarize them with the growing phenomenon of, and second largest criminal activity in the world, human trafficking. Human trafficking is a federal crime, as well as a crime in many states, punishable under the law. Some states have enacted legislation requiring continuing education for license renewal on this growing problem so health care professionals may learn how to recognize victims in their practice. Highlighted will be the role of the dental assistant in identifying persons potentially affected by exploitation which could result in human trafficking, and how to provide suspected victims identified in dental health care settings access to resources to help obtain shelter, medical care, or legal assistance.


Natalie is the Senior Manager for a nonprofit dental clinic targeting the underserved children of Minnesota, and she is also a freelance writer and lecturer. She is a graduate from the CODA Approved dental assisting program at ConCorde Career Institute and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University. She currently serves as the President of the ADAA.  


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Define human trafficking, labor trafficking and sex trafficking;
• Describe the different types and settings of human trafficking in the United States;
• Recognize victims of human trafficking that may be present in dental health care settings;
• Describe the characteristics of domestic abuse;
• Differentiate between human trafficking and human smuggling;
• Recognize populations vulnerable to human trafficking;
• Identify the warning signs of human trafficking in dental health care settings for adults and minors; and
• Identify resources for reporting the suspected victims of human trafficking.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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