Human Trafficking TALK BACK SESSION
Carlis Williams, Southeast Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in Atlanta, Georgia, facilitated the session. Time was allotted for introduction of the attendees (approximately 40 on site and 30 called in).
The purpose of the session was explained as an opportunity to engage partners from a wide spectrum of social, health, educational, and human services sectors around the issue of human trafficking to solicit in-put on the basic points of the proposed Human Trafficking Strategic Action Plan (SAP): Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity: Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013-2017 (the Plan).
Ms. Williams emphasized that this strategic plan is designed to support the on-going battle against this modern-day slavery. The three co-chairs of the SAP were identified: Department of Health and Human Services/ACF, Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. The audience was given an overview of the timeline of the SAP, noting that it was released to the public in April, 2013 and open for comments for 45 days ending on May 24, 2013.
Ms. Williams gave a brief overview of the four SAP goals: 1. Increase Coordination and Collaboration, 2. Increase Awareness, 3. Expand Access to Services, and 4. Improve Outcomes. The SAP purpose is to ensure comprehensive services to victims. Comments and observations from the ACF Human Trafficking Forum in January at the National Archives Center, went forward for consideration as well.
Extensive comments were given by participants. The session was recorded and the notes were forwarded to Katherine Chon, the Human Trafficking Prevention Director in the ACF national office.