Release of “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: Guide for Health Care Sector” Part 1

By Sharon E. Chin The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council has recently released an abridged version of the 2013 “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States” specifically developed for the health care sector. The original, a dense report at 465 pages, was first created to address sexual … Read more

Champion Against Forced Abortions Named “Top Ten People of 2013”

By: Reggie Littlejohn “It doesn’t matter if you’re pro-choice or pro-life. Forced abortion is not a choice.” -Reggie Littlejohn Reggie Littlejohn is the founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.  A graduate of Yale Law School, she is an acclaimed international expert on China’s One Child Policy.  Her organization has been called the “leading voice” … Read more

What Role Can Healthcare Play in Anti-Trafficking Efforts?

By: Sharon E. Chin This past week, JAMA Pediatrics released two articles discussing the role of healthcare providers and education within anti-trafficking efforts in the United States. The issue of human trafficking occurring in America is still a novelty to many American citizens. This isn’t too surprising since many past studies about human trafficking have been conducted … Read more

Victim Services: the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the U.S.

By Sharon E. Chin In January 2014, the Obama Administration released a Federal Strategic Action Plan in response to the President’s address of human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012. While there has been a large effort legally to protect victims and prosecute traffickers via the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), there has … Read more

When School’s Out, Hungry Kids Miss their Meals

By: Mariel Matze For many American children, summer is about barbecues, corn on the cob, watermelon, and drippy ice cream cones. For others, it’s about hunger. During the school year, children from low-income families qualify for federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and sometimes the School Breakfast Program through their public schools. Under these programs, a … Read more