HHS Task Force to Prevent and End Human Trafficking

HHS Task Force to Prevent and End Human Trafficking

Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a critical role in the U.S. Government’s comprehensive response to prevent and Image removed.end human trafficking. HHS is a member of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) and established an HHS task force in 2015 to further strengthen cross-departmental initiatives to support survivors of human trafficking and prevent modern slavery.

STRUCTURE
The HHS Task Force to Prevent and End Human Trafficking, represented by the heads of HHS operating and staff divisions, meets twice a year. The Task Force Policy Operating Group supports the Task Force through three committees and meets bi-monthly. The Administration for Children and Families serves as the Secretariat for the Task Force.

Co-Chairs

Assistant Secretary for Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH)

Agency Representatives (Division Heads)

Administration for Community Living

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Assistant Secretary for Administration

Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources

Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs

Assistant Secretary for Legislation

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

Health Resources Services Administration

Indian Health Service

National Institutes of Health

Office for Civil Rights

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Surgeon General

HHS Task Force Policy Operating Group

Co-Chairs
Katherine Chon, Director, Office on Trafficking in Persons (ACF)
Nancy Lee, MD, Director, Office on Women’s Health (OASH)

Committees
Research and Policy Committee
Victim Services Committee
Public Awareness and Prevention Committee

GOALS
The HHS Task Force to Prevent and End Human Trafficking:

  1. Builds the capacity of HHS divisions and programs to prevent and respond to human trafficking through coordination and information sharing
  2. Initiates strategic opportunities to integrate human trafficking prevention and intervention through cross-division collaboration
  3. Leverages strengths, reach, and resources of health and human service divisions to directly benefit victims of human trafficking and inform anti-trafficking policies and practices

The Task Force builds on the successes of the HHS Human Trafficking Working Group, convened by the Administration for Children and Families and the Office on Women’s Health under the Assistant Secretary for Health from 2013 to 2015 to develop and implement the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

In support of these goals, the HHS Task Force to Prevent and End Human Trafficking will:

  • Implement the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States and report on accomplishments to the PITF
  • Build on the foundation of the Federal Strategic Action Plan by integrating anti trafficking responses into other relevant HHS plans to prevent human trafficking, including early intervention, demand reduction, and other violence prevention initiatives
  • Expand on ideas to strengthen research and data collection on human trafficking, including development of a surveillance system to characterize the extent of persons affected, identify the social determinants of human trafficking and create a risk profile to aid in prevention
  • Coordinate public engagement efforts in support of national awareness activities, including Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (January)
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to strengthen coordination and collaboration with federal, state, tribal, territorial, local, government and non-government stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate on budget and policy discussions that will enable efficient and impactful spending of available  discretionary funds and anti-trafficking appropriations across relevant programs
  • Build the capacity and network of medical, dental, mental health, social service, and other professionals available to provide long term care for victims of human trafficking

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