The Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) represents the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in federal partnerships, most notably on the Senior Policy Operating Group of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking (PITF).
The PITF consists of 15 departments and agencies responsible for coordinating U.S. government-wide efforts to combat trafficking in persons.
OTIP is part of the Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG), which has four standing committees:
We also partner with other federal agencies and departments to improve the government’s coordination of services and better understand the needs of survivors and those at risk of human trafficking.
HHS and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development address the need for housing and social services for survivors of trafficking through national listening sessions and policy development.
This partnership brings social service and housing providers together to:
HHS and the U.S. Department of Education partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States and President Lincoln's Cottage to develop an advocacy toolkit that encourages young people to raise awareness about human trafficking through student voices, activism, and advocacy.
The goals of the partnership are to:
One of the critical elements of a survivor’s recovery and the prevention of re-victimization is their ability to find and keep a job. However, this population faces unique barriers to employment.
HHS and the Departments of Justice and Labor seek to: