Federal Interagency Collaboration

The President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons includes HHS, DOJ, EEOC, CBP, ICE, DoD, FBI,

Preventing and ending human trafficking and modern slavery requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary effort.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) works with agencies across the federal government as a member of two coordinating bodies:

President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF)

The PITF was created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.  The HHS Secretary is a member of the PITF, which meets annually and is co-chaired by the Secretary of State.  PITF member agencies include the:

 

Additional Resources on the PITF


Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG)

The SPOG was created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003.  The Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families represents HHS in quarterly inter-agency meetings to coordinate on policy, grants, research, and planning issues involving human trafficking and the implementation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.  There are four standing committees:

  • Victim Services Committee coordinates implementation of the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States and other efforts to increase victim identification and strengthen services.
  • Research & Data Committee focuses on statistics and data collection
  • Grantmaking Committee coordinates relevant federal anti-trafficking programming
  • Public Outreach & Awareness Committee coordinates government-wide messaging and public engagement efforts

ACF co-chairs the Victim Services Committee and the Public Outreach & Awareness Committee.  

 

Additional Resources from the SPOG