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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.