National Advisory Committee: Moving Forward

National Advisory Committee Members Meeting The members of the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States met for the second day to determine how they will tackle their responsibilities to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General on strengthening the nation’s response to trafficking.

They were welcomed by William Wubbenhorst, Associate Commissioner for the Family and Youth Services Bureau, who shared about programs that provide outreach to runaway and homeless youth to prevent trafficking and provide appropriate services where needed.

The Committee then rolled up their sleeves to determine how they will divide their work moving forward. The members established two subcommittees who will focus their efforts on the following cross-system collaboration protocols and recommendations.

Subcommittee 1

  • Strategies to identify victims
  • Strategies to collect, document, and share data across systems and agencies
  • Strategies to help agencies better understand the type of sex trafficking involved, the scope of the problem, and the needs of the population to be served
  • Information on the degree of victim interaction with multiple systems

Subcommittee 2

  • Strategies to identify victims
  • Strategies to address the demand for trafficked children and youth
  • Strategies to increase prosecutions of traffickers and purchasers of children and youth

We are grateful to the members who have volunteered their time and expertise to this important work. If you have any protocols, recommendations, or best practices for the Committee to consider, email Ava.Donald@acf.hhs.gov.

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