The implications of the new research presented in Volume 2, Issue 1 (Human Trafficking) of the Journal of Applied Research on Children are explored, calling attention to the need for increased awareness, greater availability of data, and proactive policy solutions to combat child trafficking.

Author Biography

Angelo P. Giardino, M.D., Ph.D. is the medical director of Texas Children’s Health Plan, a clinical professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, the Associate Chief for Academic General Pediatrics, Research, Texas Children's Hospital, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, an attending physician on the Texas Children’s Hospital Child Protection Team and a member of the forensic pediatrics service at the Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the Academic Pediatrics Association and Texas Pediatric Society where he serves on both the Child Abuse and Neglect Committee and the Children with Disabilities Committee. His academic accomplishments include publishing several textbooks on child abuse and neglect, presenting on a variety of pediatric topics at national and regional conferences, and serving on several national boards including the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse America, the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Safe Families and the Advisory Board for Justice for Children.

Robert D. Sanborn, Ed.D. earned his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and his doctorate at Columbia University in New York City. Before entering the non-profit sector, he had a distinguished career in higher education at institutions such as Rice University and Hampshire College. He has worked and served as a senior leader with many organizations, always bringing with him a focus on innovation, collaborations with like-minded groups, resource developing partnerships, and a belief that all children deserve extraordinary opportunities to succeed. Under his leadership, CHILDREN AT RISK has expanded its influence considerably. Notable achievements include launching the Public Policy and Law Center, CHILDREN AT RISK Institute and the Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children, directing significantly increased media attention to the issues championed by the organization, and increasing the organizational capacity to drive macro-level change to improve the lives of Texas’ most defenseless children.