WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015, a bill to help medical professionals identify and stop human trafficking. This bill, which is cosponsored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), will provide for the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for health care professionals to recognize victims of trafficking and respond effectively.
Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) introduced a similar bill in the House of Representatives.
“Human trafficking can and must be stopped. As a doctor, I know health care providers are on the front lines of recognizing and then referring those exploited for help. This bill better prepares these providers to help.” said Senator Cassidy. “Human trafficking is a crime against humanity; let’s join to stop it.”
“Human trafficking is a serious problem in Michigan, and we need to give our health care providers the tools they need to recognize and address human trafficking in their communities,” said Senator Peters. “This program will provide health centers with critical resources that will put us on a stronger path to ending these horrific crimes in Michigan and across the country.”