Because human trafficking is a public health issue
HEAL’s Support Letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
On October 30, 2014, HEAL Submits a Support Letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
“Dear Secretary Burwell:
HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, Linkage) Trafficking, a national and international network of interdisciplinary health professionals, would like to state our support of the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) “Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond” (SOAR) human trafficking training initiative. We also offer suggestions for future Health and Human Services (HHS) developments in the context of the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Service to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.
HEAL Trafficking has been at the forefront of informing the national response to trafficking from a health perspective. In particular, HEAL Trafficking’s members have been present both on the HHS/ACF SOAR National Technical Working Group and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the United States. Furthermore, one of HEAL Trafficking’s co-founders was an expert witness for the September 11, 2014 Congressional Subcommittee on Health panel, “Examining H.R. 5411, Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2014.”
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