ACYF Releases Guidance on Trafficking for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs

On Monday, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families released Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States. This guidance, written for runaway and homeless youth programs and child welfare agencies, is a road map for how to identify, engage, serve and ultimately restore victims of human trafficking. It lays out what is currently known about trafficking, and the services that are available or still need to be developed for trafficking victims.

To encourage providers and communities to think creatively about the challenges facing human trafficking victims, ACF Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon also co-announced this week a competition to inspire experts in the anti-trafficking field to connect with new partners and generate new ideas for sustainable housing, economic empowerment and stronger social services for survivors.

The competition – Reimagine: Opportunity – is the first of three by a public-private partnership called Partnership for Freedom, made up of the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development, along with peace-building foundation Humanity United.

Find out more and request an application at www.partnershipforfreedom.org. Applications are due November 17, 2013.