Partners Fall 2020 Newsletter



News from NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth

Working together for vulnerable children

Fall 2020 edition


Partner Updates

We’re Back!

COVID-19 has not stopped child trafficking, and it won’t stop us either! We’re here to engage and equip health care providers with the professional tools they need to identify and help children who are victims of or at risk for child trafficking. To focus on other important aspects of our work in transitioning to virtual environments, we’ve taken a hiatus from publishing our newsletter, but we are proud to share important updates with you now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Executive Board and staff of NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving season filled with delicious food, fellowship and good cheer!



  NAPNAP Welcomes James Wendorf as Executive Director

 Last October, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) welcomed James H. Wendorf as its permanent executive   director. Jim had been serving as interim executive director since April 2020. In his capacity as NAPNAP’s leader, he will also serve as vice   president on the Partners board. He brings a wealth of non-profit experience to our organization. You can read more about Jim on  the NAPNAP website.


NAPNAP Partners’ Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT) 2018-2020 Impact

Over the last two years, we reached more than 8,000 health care providers and provided them with the professional training they need to identify and respond to child trafficking victims and potential victims. Thank you to our leaders, ACT Advocates and our partners for all you have done to help us protect vulnerable children!

ACT Advocates Relaunched

The Alliance for Children in Trafficking is recruiting more ACT Advocates! On Nov. 5, Partners President Dr. Jessica Peck, ACT Chair Dr. Tresa Zielinski and Co-chair Dr. Brenda Cassidy hosted an ACT Advocate relaunch attended by ACT Advocates and Partners leaders. If you want to train your peers to stop child trafficking, then we need you! Learn more about the ACT Advocates grassroots advocacy program, including our Jan. 26 virtual ACT Advocate training.

TeamPeds Talks

Earn free CE and learn more about child trafficking and ACT’s efforts to stop it through the NAPNAP’s new podcast series TeamPeds Talks, available wherever you listen to podcasts. Partners President Dr. Jessica Peck interviews ACT Chair Dr. Tresa Zielinski. NAPNAP members can earn up to 8.0 hours of free CE by listening to TeamPeds Talks episodes on PedsCESM.

Thank You to Our Generous Donors and Supporters

The work of NAPNAP Partners and the Alliance for Children in Trafficking would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who contributed throughout the year. A very special thank you to the following organizations and individuals for their generous support.

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Organization of Nursing Leadership
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • Jim and Kim Cherry Charitable Fund
  • Meeting Management Associates
  • Jean Martin
  • Mason Consulting, LLC
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • Rita Przygocki
  • Dave Schaming, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses
  • Cassandra Newell – Top ACT Advocate fundraiser

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday takes place this year on Dec. 1! Partners has now trained more than 10,000 health care providers to identify and help child trafficking victims and potential victims. We have exciting events and new initiatives planned for 2021. But we need your help to make those plans a reality! Please consider adding Partners to the list of charities on your Giving Tuesday list. You can support our work by clicking on the button below.

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National News

HB 2059

In Texas, HB 2059 requires all direct health care providers to take a one-hour CE training on human trafficking that has been approved by Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC). Partners President Dr. Jessica Peck helped write language for HB 2059, and she worked extensively with HHSC to develop the criteria. Partners, along with NAPNAP, is proud to be a provider of HHSC approved training. Texas providers, learn more about HB 2059 and take our free one-hour approved course.

Journal Article: The Public Health Impact of Coronavirus Disease on Human Trafficking

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated major risk factors for human trafficking. Social isolation and severe economic distress amplify violence and homelessness as well as increased internet usage by under-supervised children. Read more in this informative article by HEAL Trafficking Executive Director Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, Dr. Jordan Greenbaum and Dr. Laura Murphy.

Partners Published Scholarly Articles



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NAPNAP Partners Founding Members

Thank You for Your Support!

  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Nurses Association National Nurse-Led Care Consortium
  • American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association
  • American Organization of Nursing Leadership
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • Children’s Hospital Association
  • Emergency Nurses Association
  • HEAL Trafficking, Inc.
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • National Student Nurses’ Association
  • Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
  • Partnership for Male Youth
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • School-Based Health Alliance
  • Shared Hope International
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses

National, state and local organizations focused on improving the health and safety of vulnerable children are welcome to become a partner of NAPNAP Partners or a supporter of the Alliance. There are no fees or dues to become a partner.

* Founding Partners: Please send your organization’s updates to and we’ll be happy to include them in future newsletters.


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