January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and OPRE is highlighting our work building knowledge to improve services and programs for victims of human trafficking. Our new human trafficking topic page includes information about our full portfolio of work on the topic, including research and evaluation projects intended to improve knowledge of services for victims of human trafficking; to inform the development of anti-trafficking strategies, policies, and programs; and to guide future evaluation. OPRE partners with ACF’s Office on Trafficking in Persons, in addition to other ACF program offices, on these efforts.
Recent highlights of our work in this area include:
- To improve services for domestic victims of human trafficking, ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) awarded three cooperative agreement grants in 2014 to implement demonstration projects and awarded three additional cooperative agreement grants in 2015. OPRE’s Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Final Report from the Second Cohort of Projects shares the experiences of the second cohort of demonstration projects. One of the lessons learned was the need to provide comprehensive and wraparound services to clients that accounted for their lack of social support and addressed their multifaceted needs. Clients emphasized the importance of individual staff members and their commitment to clients.
- The Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Service Models of the Second Cohort of Projects brief also draws from the experiences of the three projects highlighted above to share the service models that the projects used. While all three projects had their own distinct models, they all collaborated with community partners.
- Examining the Link: Foster Care Runaway Episodes and Human Trafficking discusses the relationship between youth who run away from foster care and their risk for sex trafficking victimization. This brief highlights promising efforts for reducing runaway behavior.
Through these projects and others, OPRE continues our commitment to building knowledge to prevent human trafficking and improve services for its victims.