ACF Steps Up the Fight Against Human Trafficking

The fight against human trafficking is stronger today than it was yesterday, thanks to some new initiatives from the Administration for Children & Families (ACF).

•   ACF has worked on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and with co-chairs Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to create the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States (SAP). This five-year plan is a part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking at home and abroad, and it is now available for public comment.

Anyone can go to the online community from now until May 24, 2013, to read the draft of the plan and then add comments and ideas to strengthen the plan. Once the comment period is over, ACF and its co-chairs will review the feedback and use it to strengthen the final version.

•    Many of ACF’s programs work to end human trafficking, including the Office of Refugee Resettlement (works with foreign national victims of trafficking) and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (works with domestic victims of trafficking in Runaway and Homeless Youth programs and Family Violence Prevention Services).

In order to show the collaborative efforts of these teams, ACF has launched a new End Trafficking page that features a more comprehensive look at how ACF works to end modern-day slavery.

•    In addition, ACF and HHS worked closely with other federal partners and the White House to produce events taking place today at the White House, including a panel discussion on human trafficking (moderated by HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr) and a tech summit to discuss how technology can connect us with victims of human trafficking. The President’s Advisory Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships also plans to release a list of recommendations on building partnerships to eradicate modern-day slavery.

For more information on how ACF is working to end human trafficking, please visit our End Trafficking page.

Secretary Sebelius’ statement on equipping communities to combat human trafficking.