Child Protection Specialists from the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) traveled to Homestead, Florida earlier this month to train over 1,000 youth care workers, case managers, case aides, and other professionals who work with unaccompanied children, including minors from migrant caravans. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act Visit disclaimer page requires federal, state, and local officials to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within 24 hours of discovering that a foreign national minor may have experienced human trafficking (22 U.S.C. § 7105 (b)).
OTIP processes Requests for Assistance and issues Interim Assistance and Eligibility Letters for minors who may have or have been subjected to a severe form of trafficking in persons to be eligible for benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. In FY18, OTIP issued more than 400 Eligibility Letters to foreign national children who have experienced forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation, and other severe forms of trafficking in persons.
Join the OTIP’s next monthly webinar, “Responding to Child Victims of Trafficking,” on January 16 to learn more.