Federal Strategic Action Plan
The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States (Plan) is part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking at home and abroad. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Administration reaffirmed the American values of freedom and equality by asking federal agencies to develop a plan to strengthen services for victims of human trafficking in the United States. In a September 2012 address at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama announced:
…we’ll do even more to help victims recover and rebuild their lives. We’ll develop a new action plan to improve coordination across the federal government. We’re increasing access to services to help survivors become self-sufficient.
At the President’s direction, the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Homeland Security (DHS) have been co-chairing an inter-agency process to develop a five-year plan that seeks to:
- Align efforts by promoting strategic and coordinated services for victims at the federal, regional, state, territorial, tribal and local levels.
- Improve understanding by expanding and coordinating human trafficking-related research, data, and evaluation to support evidence-based victim services.
- Expand access to services by providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to increase victim identification and expand availability of services.
- Improve outcomes by promoting effective, culturally-appropriate, trauma-informed services that improve the short- and long-term health, safety, and well-being of victims.
The Plan was released on January 14, 2014, at the Human Trafficking Survivor Forum and Listening Session organized by the DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime in partnership with HHS, DHS, and the White House, reinforcing one of the Plan’s core values that survivors play a key role in elevating understanding and awareness of human trafficking, improving service delivery, and informing policy.