Federal Strategic Action Plan for Victims of Human Trafficking: Clarifying FYSB's Role

In January 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation that declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, to shed light on the exploitation of nearly 27 million women, men and children worldwide. These victims are often overlooked, and those who routinely interact with victims and survivors may lack awareness or tools to properly identify and assist them. Therefore, many victims go without help.

Building on the strong record of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States was developed in 2013 to support the ongoing battle against modern-day slavery. The plan ensures that all victims of human trafficking in the United States have access to the tools and services they need to escape exploitation and rebuild their lives. The Family and Youth Services Bureau and all of its grantee partners are crucial to that effort.

The plan lays out four goals, each associated with action items for victim service improvements over the next five years. The four goals include: 

1. Increase coordination and collaboration at the federal, regional, state, Tribal and local levels; 

2. Increase awareness of human trafficking among government and community leaders and the general public; 

3. Expand access to services for victims of human trafficking; and 

4. Improve outcomes related to health, safety, and well-being.  

As a key ally in the implementation of these goals, the Family and Youth Services Bureau is proud to support the plan as a part of its mission to promote safety, stability and well-being for people who have experienced or been exposed to violence, neglect or trauma. 

To learn more about the role of the Family and Youth Services Bureau and its grantees in the Strategic Action Plan, view this fact sheet.

To learn more about the ongoing work of the Administration for Children and Families to support services for victims of human trafficking, visit the ACF webpage.