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  • Request for Assistance Form

    Published: August 14, 2018
    The Request for Assistance form can be used by any person who has concerns that a foreign national minor may have experienced forced labor or commercial sex. The RFA is used in the child Eligibility process to support two main functions. To notify HHS of trafficking concerns within 24 hours of having credible information that a foreign national minor may be a victim of trafficking (22 U.S.C. § 7105 (b)) To connect potential victims of trafficking with local trafficking victim assistance providers for case management services Steps to Request Assistance Using the RFA If you are working with a foreign national minor (non-US citizen/legal permanent resident and currently under 18) and have concerns that they may have experienced forced labor or commercial sex at any point in their life, take the following steps: Complete the RFA (during the initial 24 hours you only need to complete and submit Part A) and email the form to . If you want to discuss the case with the OTIP Child Protection Specialists before submitting the RFA, you can call them during normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST) at 202-205-4582. Complete Part B of the RFA and submit to if you did not submit it initially. While the case is pending, email the OTIP Child Protection Specialists with any changes or updates on the child’s case. The OTIP Child Protection Specialists will contact you with updates on the child’s case, letters issued, and whether it is determined that the child is eligible for benefits and services to the same extent as a refugee.
  • Assistance for Child Victims of Human Trafficking

    Published: May 10, 2016
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides assistance to victims of human trafficking in the United States, guided by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), Preventing Sex Trafficking Act and Strengthening Families Act of 2014, and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.  The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) was established to provide overall leadership of anti-trafficking programs and services including issuing Eligibility Letters, in accordance with the TVPA.
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