UPDATE: On Monday, February 26, 2018, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 767, the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act of 2018, and now it needs a vote in the Senate to move forward. Ask your Senator to prioritize the SOAR Act today.
In an Annals of Health Law report, 88% of sex trafficking survivors reported having contact with a healthcare provider while being trafficked. Unfortunately, many of the nurses, doctors and other health care professionals who helped these patients weren't trained to recognize the signs of human trafficking and intervene to offer support or contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Congress can help address this problem by passing the SOAR Act, which trains healthcare providers to:
Identify potential human trafficking victims,
Refer victims to service agencies, and;
Provide victims with care tailored to their circumstances.
You can ask your Senator to urgently support this legislation by filling out this form.
Time is not on our side. We know that many trafficking victims seek health care for one reason or the other and it may be the only time that they is separated from their trafficker. Healthcare workers are on the frontline of helping victims and training for the signs of trafficking will help us identify victims earlier.
Congress has a lot on their plates, but training healthcare professionals to identify and assist victims of human trafficking is a simple way to immediately help vulnerable people. Join us and urge the Senate to pass this important legislation.