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"New Resources Explore Human Trafficking and Child Welfare"

Synopsis: "Children and youth in the child welfare system are at heightened risk of being victims of human trafficking, including for sexual and labor exploitation. Traffickers may view them as exploitable due to their unstable living situations, physical distance from friends and family, and emotional vulnerability.

Child Welfare Information Gateway recently launched a suite of online resources to help child welfare professionals stay abreast of the realities of human trafficking. You can review each of the new resources below:

  • Human Trafficking web section Offers information on how the Administration on Children, Youth and Families is confronting the issue of human trafficking and supporting its victims through a variety of collaborations and efforts. It also provides comprehensive resources to help professionals identify risk factors, prevent victimization, and provide services and supports.

  • "Interagency Collaboration to Address Human Trafficking" [Podcast] Presents a discussion about the Miami CARES (Community Action Response to Exploitation and Sex Trafficking) project, a Children's Bureau grantee that is convening multiple players in the greater Miami-Dade, FL, area to forge a multipronged, systematic approach for identifying young victims of human trafficking and potential future victims.

These resources build on the Child Welfare and Human Trafficking issue brief that was disseminated in 2015, which explores the crossover between the child welfare field and ongoing anti-trafficking work. This brief provides background information, including highlights of Federal legislation, and discusses the needs of victims and the ways that child welfare agencies can address the problem of trafficking of children.

Also be sure to check out the Capacity Building Center for States website which provides resources to support public child welfare agencies' implementation of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.

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