New House Bill To Aid in Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking

Bill received initial House Approval in late February

United States Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) recently introduced a bill that would help health care providers identify and support victims of human trafficking.

The bipartisan Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Act of 2018, H.R. 767, or the SOAR to Health and Wellness Act of 2018, was introduced by Rep. Kinzinger and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Jan. 31, 2017. The bill received approval by voice vote on February 26.

The bill would direct the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a training program that would teach caregivers to identify patients who may be victims of human trafficking.

“It can be difficult to imagine, but human trafficking is happening here in the U.S., within our communities, and it affects all of us,” Rep. Kinzinger said after the House voted. “This bill will raise awareness on human trafficking, educate communities on signs to look for, and ultimately help more victims across the country.”

Representative Cohen added that H.R. 767 would authorize $4 million in grant money for training, and “could end horrors for thousands of victims.”

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