ACF Working Group on Human Trafficking

An ACF-wide working group on human trafficking was established by the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary in 2012 with the recognition that human trafficking is a cross-cutting issue that involves linkages and partnerships across multiple ACF offices. Please click here to see the points of contact for each Program Office or Region. The shared responsibility is reflected in the anti-trafficking action items in the 2014 ACF Strategic Plan.

The ACF Working Group on Human Trafficking meets on a monthly basis and includes participation from:


Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with the opportunity to maximize their potential in the United States.  The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees.  The program also raises awareness of human trafficking through the HHS Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign.

Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) promotes safety, stability, and well-being for people who have experienced or been exposed to violence, neglect or trauma.  FYSB supports programs that provide shelter, community services and prevention education for youth, adults and families.  Victims of human trafficking receive support through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.

Children’s Bureau (CB) partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families.  CB responds to human trafficking through the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, which provides leadership and direction on the issues of child maltreatment and the prevention of abuse and neglect. 

Administration for Native Americans (ANA) promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community based projects, and training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and native organizations.

Chief Medical Officer serves as the main advisor to the Assistant Secretary regarding health-related programming and initiatives.  As a human service agency, ACF is concerned with “the social determinants of health.” Social determinants are social, economic and physical conditions into which people are born and live.

Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) promotes the resilience of vulnerable individuals, children, families and communities impacted by disasters and public health emergencies, and provides expertise in human services preparedness, response and recovery through policy, planning, operations and partnerships.

Office of Community Services (OCS) partners with states, communities and agencies to eliminate causes of poverty, increase self-sufficiency of individuals and families and revitalize communities. Our social service and community development programs work in a variety of ways to improve the lives of many.

Office of Regional Operations (ORO) advises the Assistant Secretary on all strategic operational activities related to implementation of the agency's programs at the regional level. ORO consists of a headquarters office and ten regional offices that serve states, territories, tribes, and other grantees in their geographical areas.

Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) studies Administration for Children and Families (ACF) programs and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families, research syntheses and descriptive and exploratory studies.

Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB) provides leadership in the development of legislation, budget, and policy for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Our goal is to ensure consistency in these areas among program and staff offices, keeping in mind ACF’s overall mission of promoting the health and well-being of individuals and communities.