The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) is focused on preventing human trafficking and working to ensure that children and adults who have experienced trafficking and their families get the support and care they need to live safe and healthy lives. This focus remains the same during responses to public health emergencies such as COVID-19. As in times of disaster response, we recognize that disruptions to local services, housing and economic stability, and social disconnection can further increase risk of victimization and exploitation.
OTIP continues to work diligently to assist individuals, families, and communities impacted by human trafficking in a timely manner. What challenges are you experiencing? We want to hear from survivors; state, tribal, and local leaders; faith-based and community organizations; health care providers; and other stakeholders so we can best meet shifting needs at the local level. Please email EndTrafficking@acf.hhs.gov or call 1-866-401-5510 to contribute information, and continue to check this page for available resources and services.
If you have difficulty accessing benefits and services through providers supported by OTIP, email EndTrafficking@acf.hhs.gov or call 1-866-401-5510.
The DVHT program provides comprehensive case management, direct services, and referrals to services for domestic victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons.
TVAP provides comprehensive case management services to foreign national victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons who have received an HHS Certification Letter or Eligibility Letter. For more information on the TVAP or to learn how to become a TVAP partner, contact the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI):
Foreign national minors in the U.S. who have been subjected to a severe form of trafficking in persons are eligible to apply for benefits to the same extent as a refugee as well as comprehensive case management services. If you are working with a foreign national minor and have concerns that they may have experienced forced labor or commercial sex, submit a referral through the OTIP Shepherd Case Management System. For questions about benefits or submitting a referral:
Foreign national adults in the U.S. who have been subjected to a severe form of trafficking in persons and received a T visa or Continued Presence status from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are eligible to apply for benefits to the same extent as a refugee. Adult survivors of trafficking who are seeking or have received HHS Certification can access comprehensive case management services. For questions about the Adult Certification process or to request a Certification Letter on behalf of a foreign national adult:
OTIP compiled a list of challenges we have heard about from our stakeholders along with federal, state, and local resources to help. We will update the list on a continual basis as we learn more. If you encounter additional challenges or have resources to share, email OTIP at EndTrafficking@acf.hhs.gov or call 1-866-401-5510.
Polaris Project: Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic Report