Policy

OTIP aims to develop a culture of data-informed policy.  Policy resources include information memoranda, fact sheets, program instruction, and other policy documents on a variety of topics ranging from clarification of legislation and its impact on programs, to systemic issues that affect populations at risk of trafficking, to expanded details of OTIP programs and services.

Policy Documents

  • Fact Sheets (FS) provide brief information on programs, services, and special topics
  • Information Memorandum (IM) provide basic information to stakeholders and the public about OTIP program activities, initiatives, partnerships with other agencies, research findings, and special topics of interest
  • Program Instruction (PI) provide information to grantees and other stakeholders on policies, procedures, and processes for policy and program implementation
  • Questions and Answers (QA) provide questions and answers on OTIP program policies
  • Federal Register Notices are published in the Federal Register, providing information or invite comment on issues under consideration

Recent Policy Documents

Stable, affordable, and safe housing directly contributes the economic mobility of individuals and families. Access to secure housing can provide opportunities for gainful employment, education development, healthy food options, and health care. It can reduce exposure to community violence and the risk for exploitation, including human trafficking. Housing affordability and stability allows individuals and families to build savings and invest in themselves and their communities through relationships, civic engagement, education, and health. 

This Information Memorandum (IM) highlights the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) contributions to human trafficking research, gaps in evidence, and open access policies.

Family and Youth Services Bureau Resources

Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States

January 22, 2014

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, federal agencies began to develop a plan to strengthen services for victims of human trafficking. This document clarifies how FYSB will help support the goals of the Federal Strategic Action Plan.

Read Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States

Webinar: Child Trafficking in the United States, May 22, 2014

July 7, 2014

On May 22, 2014, the Administration for Children and Families presented a webinar on Domestic Child Trafficking and the federal response.

Read Webinar: Child Trafficking in the United States, May 22, 2014

Demonstration Grants for Domestic Victims of Severe Forms of Human Trafficking Fact Sheet

August 12, 2014

The purpose of this demonstration grant is to develop, expand, and strengthen coordinated case management and comprehensive direct victim assistance for domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking in the U.S.

Read Demonstration Grants for Domestic Victims of Severe Forms of Human Trafficking Fact Sheet

Children's Bureau Trafficking Resources

Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States

September 13, 2013

This document provides guidance addressing human trafficking of children and youth in the United States.

Read Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States

Interagency Collaboration to Address Human Trafficking

August 22, 2016

This podcast covers how the project identifies victims; provides therapeutic services; brings juvenile justice agencies, the State's attorney office, and public defenders together for a common cause; and sustains communication and collaboration between agencies.

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Federal Laws on Human Trafficking

Legislation

(* impacts HHS programs)

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