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Alliance for Children in Trafficking Chair Presents at APHA Conference
Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, chair of NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth’s Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT), presented on November 12 at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego. Dr. Peck’s presentation, entitled Health Disparities in Human Trafficking, Reframing as a Public Health Issue, focused on the critical role that healthcare providers can play in identifying and assisting pediatric human trafficking victims. She described the vulnerabilities that make children easy prey, informed on the health consequences faced by child victims and demonstrated how healthcare providers can make a difference by learning what signs to look for when treating potential pediatric victims.
“Human trafficking is a serious threat to children’s health and safety, and pediatric healthcare providers are front line responders who play a vital role in identifying and responding to victims, said Dr. Peck. “It is crucial that we arm ourselves with the information we need to recognize and assist victims, so we can combat and end child trafficking.”
ACT Launches New Workgroups
The Alliance for Children in Trafficking has launched four new workgroups to help carry out its work. Approximately 20 volunteers will participate in the workgroups with the goal to have projects completed in time for the NAPNAP national conference in March 2019. The Grassroots Toolkit Workgroup will create a toolkit to help organizations with a local network sustain ACT at the grassroots level. The Training ACT Advocates Workgroup will develop a training and marketing program to educate providers, who will be known as ACT Advocates, on human trafficking and how to train other providers. The Multimedia Workgroup will create a high-quality multimedia presentation for use by ACT Advocates. The Best Practices and Protocol Workgroup will develop resources for child trafficking protocols for hospitals, clinics and other settings.
“We are very excited to launch these important initiatives and to bring so many enthusiastic volunteers into our fold,” said ACT Chair Jessica Peck. “The workgroups will help us make great strides in our goal to serve as a national leader in coordinating efforts to end child trafficking.”
ACT Leaders Attend JuST Conference
Jessica Peck, Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, chair of the Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT) and Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, APN-NP, CPNP-PC, ACT co-chair, joined more than 1,000 anti-trafficking professionals at the JuST Conference, the nation’s leading conference on juvenile sex trafficking. The conference, sponsored by Shared Hope International, took place October 16-18 in San Diego and featured 137 speakers and more than 70 survivor leaders. Coinciding with Shared Hope’s 20th anniversary, the conference featured sessions on building justice for survivors and assisting male victims and victims of color. Shared Hope International is one of 17 partners of NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth.
"The JuST Conference was incredibly challenging to attend. It’s difficult to hear so many stories of abuse,” said Jessica Peck. Tresa Zielinski added, “The survivors’ stories were very moving and inspired us to continue the work that ACT is doing to combat trafficking.”