FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 10, 2013
CONTACT: Kath Cummins
Washington, DC-- The White House today requested funding to ensure that the nation addresses its obligations to child victims of sex trafficking within the United States.
The White House 2014 budget proposal to dedicate $20 million in federal funds to these under-recognized victims will be critical to begin the work of providing services tailored specifically to their needs, including counseling, transitional housing and foster care.
The National Center for Victims of Crime has been working to encourage child welfare agencies around the nation to extend their services to child sex trafficking victims. In most jurisdictions, however, trafficked children are not recognized as crime victims and are therefore unable to access victim services.
The National Center recently hosted a roundtable of service providers and federal, state and local officials on the need for the child welfare system to recognize child victims of domestic trafficking as their clients.
For more information on the roundtable and its recommendations, please click here.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led the nation's struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives. Visit www.VictimsofCrime.org for more information.