Office on Trafficking in Persons

330 C Street SW
4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20201
(202) 401-9200 Phone
(202) 401-4678 Fax
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/endtrafficking

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) serves as the lead Department of Health and Human Services agency to combat human trafficking and modern forms of slavery by administering anti-trafficking programs through grants and contracts and collaborating with federal, state, tribal, and local government and non-government organizations.  ACF established the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) in 2015 to be responsible for the overall leadership of anti-trafficking programs and services under the purview of ACF, including implementation of authorities under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended; Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014; and Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. 

Mission

To combat human trafficking by supporting and leading systems that prevent trafficking through public awareness and protect victims through identification and assistance, helping them re-build their lives and become self-sufficient. 

Purpose

The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) is responsible for the development of anti-trafficking strategies, policies, and programs to prevent human trafficking, build health and human service capacity to respond to human trafficking, increase victim identification and access to services, and strengthen health and well-being outcomes of survivors of human trafficking.  OTIP advises the Assistant Secretary by providing subject matter expertise and overall leadership of anti-trafficking activities under the purview of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  OTIP collaborates with Federal partners and other government and non-government stakeholders to raise public awareness, identify research priorities for ACF's anti-trafficking work, and make policy recommendations to enhance anti-trafficking responses. 

Values

OTIP operates under the values of the Administration of Children and Families and the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.  In addition, we strive to be:

Results-driven... by evaluating our work with accountability, identifying effective strategies, and integrating them into our work

Innovative... by pursuing new ideas, adapting to changing environments, and experimenting with promising practices

Collaborative... by communicating transparently and considering different perspectives in order to coordinate trafficking response systems

Informed... by engaging with survivors and other stakeholders in the development of strategies, policies, and programs


Priority Goals:

  • Establish a cohesive national human trafficking victim service delivery system that will serve victims of all forms of human trafficking, be guided by core standards of care, and include coverage for non-urban communities significantly impacted by human trafficking.  The national delivery system will leverage existing services available for foreign national and domestic victims of human trafficking, leverage public-private partnerships, and coordinate with other federal and state government funding mechanisms for trafficking victim services.
  • Develop a culture of data-informed anti-trafficking programming and policy-making, including a pilot national human trafficking victim service count, the incorporation of evaluation and standardized data collection in all anti-trafficking grant-making, and an increased number of quality reports and publications contributed to the anti-trafficking field.
  • Integrate anti-trafficking efforts into existing and new HHS prevention strategies, including creating targeted awareness and public health messaging to populations at highest risk for human trafficking and addressing the demand for human trafficking.  Efforts will include stakeholder engagement and the creation of online training for health and human service providers that will also be accessible to all HHS employees. 

Program Areas:

  • Certifications and Eligibility Letters: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) extends eligibility for federally funded benefits and services to foreign victims of human trafficking in the United States to the same extent as refugees.  HHS, through OTIP, issues Certification Letters to foreign adult victims of trafficking and Eligibility Letters to foreign minor victims of trafficking to make them eligible for federal benefits available to victims of trafficking under the TVPA.
  • National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program: This program provides funding for comprehensive case management services to foreign victims of trafficking and potential victims seeking HHS certification in any location in the United States.  The grantees provide case management to assist a victim of trafficking to become certified, and other necessary services after certification, through a network of sub-awardees in locations throughout the country.  These grants ensure the provision of case management, referrals, and emergency assistance (such as food, clothing, and shelter) to victims of human trafficking and certain family members.  Grantees help victims gain access to housing, employability services, mental health screening and therapy, medical care, and some legal services, enabling victims to live free of violence and exploitation.
  • Domestic Victims of Trafficking Assistance Program:  This program provides funding for comprehensive case management services to U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident victims of trafficking and potential victims in the United States.  The program also develops, expands, and strengthens existing victim services to ensure that trafficking victims receive support and access to the services they need to facilitate healing and recovery.  Grants target areas with evidence of high rates of domestic trafficking and are intended to support victims not already identified by the criminal or juvenile justice systems. The grantees’ focus is on providing intensive case management services to facilitate follow-up care, such as access to mental and behavioral health services and information and referral to public benefits and other services. 
  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center: This program is a national, toll-free hotline for the human trafficking field in the United States.  It is reached by calling 1-888-3737-888, visiting www.traffickingresourcecenter.org, or e-mailing NHTRC@PolarisProject.org.  The NHTRC operates around the clock to protect victims of human trafficking.  It provides callers with a range of comprehensive services including: crisis intervention; urgent and non-urgent referrals; tip reporting; anti-trafficking resources; and technical assistance for the anti-trafficking field and those who wish to get involved.  To perform these functions, the NHTRC maintains a national database of organizations and individuals, as well as a library of anti-trafficking resources and materials.
  • Rescue and Restore Regional Program: This program serves as the focal point for regional public awareness campaign activities and intensification of local outreach to identify victims of human trafficking.  Each Rescue and Restore Regional partner oversees and builds the capacity of a local anti-trafficking network, and sub-awards 60 percent of grant funds to local organizations that identify and work with victims.  By acting as a focal point for regional anti-trafficking efforts, Rescue and Restore Regional partners encourage a cohesive and collaborative approach in the fight against modern-day slavery.
  • SOAR to Health and Wellness Training:  The program trains health and human service providers to Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to human trafficking, informed by a national technical working group comprised of health professionals, survivors of human trafficking, service providers, and other subject matter experts.
  • Human Trafficking Data Collection Project:  Federal legislation authorizes HHS to measure progress in prevention, protection, and assistance to victims of human trafficking and to expand interagency procedures to collect and organize data, including significant research on domestic and international trafficking.  Specific activities are informed by ACF, HHS, and other Federal Strategic Plans, including key efforts of the HHS Health Data Initiative and the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.
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