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Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is deeply committed to combating human trafficking in all of its forms, particularly those that target the most vulnerable including children and youth.

The new Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States will build greater awareness and better response to the problem of child trafficking in the United States, particularly among child welfare and runaway and homeless youth response systems. ACF recognizes the critical role child welfare systems have in early intervention and prevention and acknowledges that systems and services must consider enhancing their practices in the context of limited resources. This guidance focuses on emerging knowledge and practices that systems and services can consider integrating into existing activities.