Online Program

Human Trafficking Module 1: Overview and Vulnerable Youth


This module contains 4 sessions from the Human Trafficking Conference held at Northeastern University on April 27, 2019.  State and National experts present an overview of the Human Trafficking issue, including legal definitions and contexts where it occurs,  how at-risk youth are impacted, and warning signs School Nurses can look out for. 

1: Introduction to Human Trafficking, Amy Farrell, Associate Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

2: A District Attorney’s Perspective: Marian Ryan, District Attorney for Middlesex County

3: “Seeing” Youth vulnerability to trafficking, Hannah E. Fraley, PhD, RN, CNE

4: Research on School Nurses “Seeing” Youth vulnerability to trafficking Hannah E. Fraley, PhD, RN, CNE


Cost: Free

Contact Hours 0.0



Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the legal definitions of human trafficking of minors and adults in the U.S. 
  2. Describe multidisciplinary teams addressing human trafficking.
  3. Describe risk factors for trafficking of youth and the context in which youth are trafficked. 
  4. Describe the school nurse role in “seeing” youth vulnerability to trafficking


Introduction to Human Trafficking, Amy Farrell, Associate Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

Dr. Amy Farrell is the Associate Director and Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Professor Farrell joined the tenure track faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2008. Prior to that time she served as the assistant director of the Institute on Race and Justice and a faculty researcher at Northeastern University.

Professor Farrell’s research seeks to understand how the criminal justice system responds to newly recognized and prioritized crimes such as hate crimes and human trafficking. Professor Farrell oversees a program to collect data on human trafficking investigations for the U.S. Department of Justice and has studied and published research about how local, state and federal law enforcement agencies identify, investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases. She recently completed projects examining labor trafficking victimization in the US and assign the effectiveness of state anti-trafficking law reform efforts.

Professor Farrell has testified about police identification of human trafficking before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. She was also appointed to the Massachusetts Attorneys General Human Trafficking Policy Task Force and oversaw a committee that developed recommendations for improving the collection and sharing of data on human trafficking victims in the Commonwealth.

A District Attorney’s Perspective: Marian Ryan, District Attorney for Middlesex County

Marian Ryan has been the Middlesex District Attorney since 2013. Before becoming DA, she served the Office in various leadership positions including General Counsel, Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit, Chief of the Elder/Disabled Unit, and as Senior Counsel in the Family Protection Bureau.

A hallmark of DA Ryan’s administration has been her equal commitment to addressing crime and other public safety issues through innovative prevention programs and non-traditional community partnerships. She regularly lectures and leads workshops on workplace safety, teen dating violence, internet safety and schemes that target vulnerable populations, such as immigrants and senior citizens. She also created Middlesex County’s first Conviction Integrity Unit to review closed cases where there has been a claim of potential wrongful conviction.

DA Ryan has been acknowledged for her leadership on the opioid crisis and for developing other initiatives aimed at keeping children safe and protecting our seniors. A graduate of Emmanuel College and Boston College Law School, she lives in Belmont with her husband and two children.

“Seeing” Youth vulnerability to trafficking, and Research on School Nurses “Seeing” Youth vulnerability to trafficking Hannah E. Fraley, PhD, RN, CNE

 Dr. Hannah Fraley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Development, at California State University Fullerton. Dr. Fraley received her PhD in Population Health from UMass Boston and MSN from Cal State University Fullerton.  Dr. Fraley’s research program centers on youth violence prevention and risk reduction and is an expert in youth trafficking prevention. Dr. Fraley uses community based participatory research approaches with school faculty and survivors of trafficking nationally to illuminate trafficking of youth in U.S. schools and build sustainable prevention programs through development of the frontline role of school faculty, particularly school nurses. Additionally, Dr. Fraley serves as a National Leader in the Coalition to Prevent Childhood Sexual Abuse and Exploitation as well as on the Coalition policy sub-committee, and serves on the American Public Health Association School Health Education and Services, and Public Health Nurses sub-committees.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

Planners and presenters of this program have no conflict of interest to disclose and no commercial support has been provided for this program.
Participants successfully completing this program will receive a statement of credit for contact hours. Statements of Credit may be printed on-line after successful completion of the learning assessment.

Continuing Education Information:

The School Health Academy provides these continuing education hours through Northeastern University School of Nursing. Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC’s) commission on accreditation. 

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Provider Number      2019U0003    

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