The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) applauds members of Congress for passing the “Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act of 2018” (H.R. 767) on December 20, clearing the bill for President Donald Trump’s signature. NAPNAP and its members strongly supported this important legislation and the inclusion of provisions that will enable organizations representing health care providers to develop programs and materials to educate and prepare pediatric clinicians to identify children who are victims of human trafficking and ensuring those children receive appropriate care. We encourage the President to sign this measure into law, and we look forward to working with the Administration on Children and Families Office on Trafficking in Persons to implement these policies successfully.
NAPNAP has developed online CE courses* available in PedsCESM to educate APRNs, registered nurses, physicians, physician assistants and other health care providers about the problem of child trafficking. In addition, NAPNAP is hosting "Stop Child Trafficking in Your Community: Become an ACT Advocate" at its 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. This life-saving, innovative workshop is for pediatric-focused NPs to learn about child trafficking, methods of identification, referral and prevention.
We will continue to collaborate with other stakeholder groups to ensure comprehensive and appropriate content and consistent protocols for identification, response and referral.
* 3-PARRT (Providers Assessing Risk and Responding to Trafficking)