About This Office


To combat human trafficking by supporting and leading systems that prevent trafficking through public awareness and protect victims through identification and assistance, helping them re-build their lives and become self-sufficient.


The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) is responsible for the development of anti-trafficking strategies, policies, and programs to prevent human trafficking, build health and human service capacity to respond to human trafficking, increase victim identification and access to services, and strengthen health and well-being outcomes of survivors of human trafficking.  OTIP advises the Assistant Secretary by providing subject matter expertise and overall leadership of anti-trafficking activities under the purview of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  OTIP collaborates with Federal partners and other government and non-government stakeholders to raise public awareness, identify research priorities for ACF's anti-trafficking work, and make policy recommendations to enhance anti-trafficking responses.


OTIP operates under the values of the Administration of Children and Families and the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.  In addition, we strive to be:

  • Results-driven ...by evaluating our work with accountability, identifying effective strategies, and integrating them into our work
  • Innovative ...by pursuing new ideas, adapting to changing environments, and experimenting with promising practices
  • Collaborative ...by communicating transparently and considering different perspectives in order to coordinate trafficking response systems
  • Informed ...by engaging with survivors and other stakeholders in the development of strategies, policies, and programs

Learn more about ACF's response to human trafficking.

Last Reviewed: December 30, 2015