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Contact Congress: Support SOAR to Health and Wellness Act of 2016



Healthcare professionals are uniquely positioned to be able to interact with trafficking victims. But in one study, 95% of ER doctors and nurses surveyed had never received formal training on human trafficking. The House of Representatives recently introduced a bill ensuring that healthcare professionals get comprehensive training to help trafficking victims. The same bill was introduced in the Senate last year. Please call or send a letter to Congress to pass this important legislation.

1. Send a letter to one or all of the following recipients:

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
The Honorable Joni Ernst
United States Senate
111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA)
The Honorable Charles E. Grassley
United States Senate
135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Representative Rod Blum (R-IA 1st) 
The Honorable Rod Blum
House of Representatives
213 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-1501

Sample letter:
Today's Date

The Honorable ________
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

OR

The Honorable ___________
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC  20515

Dear Senator/Representative:

Hello,

I’m writing today to urge you to support the SOAR to Health and Wellness Act of 2016.

There are thousands of human trafficking victims across the United States, and the healthcare sector is one of the fields with the highest exposure to trafficking victims. In one study, 88% of sex trafficking survivors surveyed reported having contact with a health care provider while being trafficked, and the most frequent treatment site referenced was a hospital/emergency room (Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking, Annals of Health Law).

But often, healthcare workers don’t recognize the signs of a victim. In another study, 95% of ER doctors and nurses surveyed had never received formal training on human trafficking (Combating Slavery in the 21st Century: The Role of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Press).

It is critical that healthcare professionals are adequately trained on identifying human trafficking and helping victims. The Department of Health and Human Services should expand on current training to enable providers to identify trafficking victims, provide informed and appropriate victim care, and implement proper protocols and procedures for working with law enforcement and victim service providers.

Please pass the SOAR to Health and Wellness Act so that trafficking victims receive the health care and services they desperately need.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Name
Your Title
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip
Your Phone Number

 2. Call Congress at 888.787.9658 and encourage your Representative to support the SOAR to Health and Wellness Act of 2016.

 
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