HHS Working Group on Human Trafficking

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An HHS-wide working group on human trafficking was formed in 2012, co-led by the Administration for Children and Families and the Office on Women’s Health within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to inform the development of the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States (2013-2017).  The HHS Working Group on Human Trafficking continues to meet on a quarterly basis to coordinate on the implementation of the Plan, share information, and discuss other intra-agency collaborative efforts that cut across health and human service systems.  Members of the group include:


Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is the second largest agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administering more than 60 programs with a $50 billion budget.  ACF is guided by the vision of “children, youth, families, individuals, and communities who are resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure.” We seek to advance that vision by providing federal leadership, partnership, and resources for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services. 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) oversees 12 core public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps — as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees.  Participating offices include the Office of Women’s Health, Office of Minority Health, Office of Population Affairs, and the Office of Adolescent Health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.  CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats through their Division of Violence Prevention. Participating offices include the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity.  HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.  This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers, and their families and those in need of high quality primary health care.  HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.

Indian Health Service (HIS) is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes.  The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 566 federally recognized tribes

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the Department's civil rights and health privacy rights law enforcement agency and investigates complaints, enforces rights, and promulgates regulations, develops policy and provides technical assistance and public education to ensure understanding of and compliance with non-discrimination and health information privacy laws.

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.

Office of Global Affairs (OGA) is the lead HHS office in global health and international matters, and provides advice and direction to the HHS leadership regarding international health, family, and social affairs, including health diplomacy in support of U.S. foreign policy. OGA promotes the health and well-being of Americans and of the world's population by advancing HHS's global strategies and partnerships and working with U.S. Government (USG) agencies in teh coordination of global health policy.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) combines the oversight of the Medicare program, the Federal portion of the Medicaid program and State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and related quality assurance activities.