• June 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 5

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Handbook on Responding to Child Trafficking

While human trafficking is an emerging area of concern in the United States, many child welfare agencies struggle with ensuring child trafficking victims receive the services and supports they deserve according to Federal and State laws. To address the gap in knowledge and services, the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), in collaboration with the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago, published a new handbook on Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking. The handbook presents guidelines for serving children and youth affected by trafficking, including chapters on the following topics:

  • Identification and investigation
  • Case management
  • Legal protections and advocacy
  • Referrals and resources

The guidelines in the handbook were informed by the experiences of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as they implemented the strategies statewide. As a result, case studies throughout the handbook illustrate how child welfare agencies may incorporate the strategies into their daily practice. The handbook offers numerous tools and sample materials, such as:

  • A summary of child trafficking legislation
  • Questions to determine if trafficking may be an issue in the community
  • Brief screening and indepth assessment forms
  • Best practice pointers
  • A case management toolkit

The handbook may be useful to a wide array of child- and family-serving organizations seeking guidance to address child trafficking in their communities. In particular, IOFA is interested in consulting with other States or communities interested in fully implementing the handbook's tools and strategies. To download the handbook, visit the Center for the Human Rights of Children website:


For more information, visit the IOFA website: 


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