The first step toward victim recovery is establishing a coordinated reporting system that increases the visibility of child sex trafficking victims and the possibility of identification. Additionally, successful response systems require collaborative, multi-disciplinary coordination that includes child welfare, law enforcement, children’s advocacy centers and specialized services and shelter placements.
Recommendations for change
On April 5, 2012, the National Center for Victims of Crime convened a roundtable of national, state, and local advocates, practitioners, and officials to consider two important issues relating to child victims of foreign and domestic trafficking:
- the need to incorporate a child welfare response into anti-trafficking efforts, and
- the need to provide legal representation to these victims.
With the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, advocates working on human trafficking and child victimization, child welfare administrators from all levels, law enforcement, prosecutors, researchers, and legal advocates shared their experiences and perspectives on the needs of child victims of human trafficking.
While the range of stakeholders was broad, there was widespread agreement on 26 recommendations to improve the national response to child victims of human trafficking.
Read our Press Release about the recommendations.
The National Center supports efforts by Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) to improve the trafficking response of child welfare agencies nationwide through legislation. Read a fact sheet about legislation previously introduced. Legislation is expected to be reintroduced in the 113th Congress.
For more information about this important issue, see these helpful resources.