The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) established a multidisciplinary medical clinic, called THRIVE (Trafficking Healthcare Resources and Interdisciplinary Victim Services and Education), in 2015 to respond to the health care needs of survivors of human trafficking. The clinic began as a pilot project after faculty began receiving requests from law enforcement, shelter services and other community agencies to examine some of the survivors who needed medical care.
While there is no formal mechanism to track the number of human trafficking cases in the United States (U.S.)—due to the diverse nature of the crimes and various local, state and federal agencies involved in working to eradicate human trafficking—the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline identified over 31,000 cases in the U.S. between 2007 and 2016. In 2016, 8,042 cases were reported, with 25% (2,042) of the calls coming directly from unique victims or survivors. Calls from Florida, which ranked third in the number of calls placed to the hotline, represented almost 10% of calls directly from victims and survivors.
The University of Miami and Jackson Health System (Jackson), two nationally known health-care institutions, worked together to formally develop a medical home specifically to address the multiple health care needs of human trafficking survivors. The only such program of its kind currently in Florida and only one of a handful of such models in the U.S., the multidisciplinary, multicultural THRIVE Clinic offers, in one location, primary care, gynecological care, psychiatric and behavioral health services, and specialty care services delivered by University of Miami faculty.
THRIVE Clinic provides a victim-centered approach to multidisciplinary, healthcare services for survivors of human trafficking by offering quality, comprehensive, trauma-informed care in a private setting. Our core services include:
- Primary Care Services
- Gynecology Services
- Psychiatry/Behavioral Health Services
- Specialty Care and Ancillary Services as needed
This unique UM/JMH collaboration has added special accommodations, such as:
- Increased privacy measures
- Minimized wait times and expedited patient registration
- Trauma-informed trained healthcare team
- Patient sensitive intake procedures that reduce patient’s re-traumatization of having to retell past human trafficking history
The University of Miami THRIVE Clinic is proud to have partnered with the following organizations to deliver the finest, comprehensive, trauma-informed care for our patients.
- Jackson Memorial Hospital
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of Justice
- Office of the State Attorney
- Miami Dade County Coordinated Victims Assistance Center
- NOVA Southeastern University CREATE Program
- Camillus House Phoenix Program
- Lotus Village
- Kristi House
- International Rescue Committee
- Glory House
- Americans for Immigrant Justice
- No More Tears
- St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral Ladies Philoptochos Society