January 16th, 2012
Resources for the Field
Child Sex Trafficking & Child Labor Trafficking At-A-Glance
The NHTRC has developed two new resources for the field on the topics of child sex trafficking and child labor trafficking in the United States, featuring information about trafficking networks, relevant laws, recent cases and prosecutions, risk factors, warning signs, and getting help for victims.
Building a Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking
The International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) and Loyola University’s Center for the Human Rights of Children have produced a joint publication outlining strategic guidelines for the child welfare field to build a comprehensive response to human trafficking of children.
This resource provides practical information for service providers and advocates on thoroughly and appropriately administering psychosocial, legal, case management, and other support for child victims of trafficking.
Practical knowledge from service providers in the field is sub-divided into six comprehensive chapters spanning a variety of issues, and the publication is intended for active provider use to inform referral and care decisions. To read the document in its entirety, click here.
New Training for State, Local, Campus, and Tribal Law Enforcement
As part of its Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking, the Department of Homeland Security has developed a web-based training course for state, local, campus, and tribal law enforcement. The course, entitled Identifying Indicators of Human Trafficking, teaches officers how to recognize the signs of human trafficking encountered during routine duties, ways to protect victims, and how to initiate human trafficking investigations
This training is available on the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) Electronic Learning Portal for law enforcement officials. To establish training authorization and apply for an account with the Regional Information Sharing Systems click here.
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Hotline Calls Referencing Child Victims of Human Trafficking
From December 2007 through November 2011, the NHTRC received more than 2,000 calls about 1,500 unique cases involving potential child victims of human trafficking. A child or minor refers to an individual under 18 years of age. The data below reflects the cases with high levels of substantive detail and significant indicators of human trafficking, approximately 50% of the total.
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Vignettes of the Month
A counselor at a youth shelter contacted teh National Human Trafficking Resoruce CEnter after doing an intake assessment with a 15-year-old boy whom the caller suspected might be a victim of human trafficking. Read more.
In a panic, a distraught mother contacted the National Human Trafficking Resource Center after seeing pictures online advertising her 16-year-old daughter for comercial sex. Read more.
While at work, a construction worker named Miguel was approached by a man who told Miguel that he had young girls available for commercial sex. Read more.
Note: Vignettes are based on hotline calls received by the NHTRC. Names, locations, and other identifying information have been changed and/or omitted to preserve the confidentiality of the individuals we serve. Vignettes are meant as examples of the types of calls received by the hotline and are for informational purposes only.
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Call for Response: Awareness Campaigns
Is your organization conducting a campaign to raise awarness about the NHTRC hotline number? We would love to have you share details with the NHTRC so that we can track the calls generated through your campaign and provide you with a summary report of the results.
Please include details about the type of awareness materials, method/location of dissemination, and timeframe (if applicable).
To download hotline flyers and see example materials, click here.
Above is an example of an awareness sticker disseminated by Oklahomans Against Trafficking of Humans (OATH) Coalition.
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© Copyright Polaris Project, 2011. All Rights Reserved.
This publication was made possible in part through Grant Number 90ZV0087 from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Office of Refugee Resettlement, or HHS.