January Is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The Family and Youth Services Bureau will mark National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, along with the White House and other federal partners. Eliminating human trafficking in the United States and across the globe is a federal government priority.

As part of the government’s overall efforts, FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs have responded to the urgent need to serve young victims of domestic sex trafficking by working with the FBI’s Innocence Lost anti-commercial sexual exploitation project to promote partnerships between law enforcement agencies and social service providers that come in contact with sexually exploited youth. (Read about the FYSB-FBI partnership in the FYSB news archives.)

“Many sexual exploiters target runaway and homeless youth,” says Resa Matthew, director of FYSB’s Division of Adolescent Development and Support. “Through our partnership with the FBI and training to our grantees, we are working to recover sexually exploited young people and help them heal and regain their lives.”

Anyone who wants to find help for a trafficked person can call the federally funded National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-3737-888. The center also provides technical assistance to social service providers that work with victims.

Here are some other federal resources on trafficking:

Fact Sheets

White House efforts to combat human trafficking

President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking

Federal efforts to assist victims of trafficking

Training and Toolkits

The Department of Homeland Security’s trafficking awareness training

Office of Refugee Resettlement Rescue & Restore Campaign toolkits

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth anti-trafficking resources