- December 2021/January 2022
- Vol. 22, No. 11
Continuing to Move Forward With Lessons From a National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare
- Child welfare agencies
- System partners (e.g., law enforcement, juvenile justice systems, family courts, health-care and mental health service agencies, housing services, schools)
- Local service providers (e.g., runaway and homeless shelters, local businesses, recreation services, community groups, victim advocates)
- Youth and young adults who have lived experience in child welfare and sex trafficking
Since 2015, many jurisdictions have formed or strengthened multidisciplinary task forces and work groups that facilitate information sharing, make recommendations for coordinated responses, align policies and practices, or share protocols for identifying and serving trafficking victims (Gibbs et al., 2019).
To advance collaborative partnerships in your state or community, explore the following resources:
- Collaborating With Youth Serving Agencies to Respond to and Prevent Sex Trafficking of Youth (Capacity Building Center [CBC] for States brief)
- "Interagency Collaboration to Address Human Trafficking" (Child Welfare Information Gateway podcast episode)
- At Risk for Sex Trafficking: Youth Who Run Away From Foster Care (CBC for States brief)
- "At Risk for Sex Trafficking: Collecting, Using, and Sharing Data to Inform Prevention and Intervention Strategies" (Video recorded at the Child Welfare Virtual Expo; free registration required)
- "Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking - Part 1" (CBC for States training curriculum; free registration required)
- "Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking - Part 2" (CBC for States training curriculum; free registration required)
- Identify Minors and Young People Exploited Through Sex Trafficking: A Resource for Child Welfare Agencies (CBC for States brief)
- Join a peer group of child welfare professionals responsible for preventing and addressing sex trafficking in child welfare. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request membership.)
- Explore lessons learned from grants to address trafficking within the child welfare population.
- Read publications that feature examples from the field, such as Human Trafficking in Child Welfare: A Guide for Child Welfare Agencies (Child Welfare Information Gateway bulletin for professionals).
- Contact the CBC for States at email@example.com to request information on state and program examples.