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Sanctuary for Families

Domestic Violence and Sex Trafficking

Discussing the similarities between human trafficking and domestic violence, including the tactics of psychological torture used by the abusers (e.g., Isolation of the victim; Induced debility, producing exhaustion, weakness, or fatigue; Threats of harm to the victim or others; Degradation; Forced drug/alcohol use) and obstacles to accessing help (e.g., Small actions leading victims to hope torture will cease; Traffickers restricting movements; Violence and threats of violence against them and/or their families in their home countries; Psychological coercion, deception, brainwashing that makes them inclined to see themselves as criminals rather than victims; Profound distrust of outsiders).

Polaris Project/National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Domestic Work

Discusses when domestic work becomes trafficking, vulnerabilities (exclusion from certain labor laws, immigrations status), means of control.

California Child Welfare Council

Ending The Commercial Sexual Exploitation Of Children: A Call For Multi-System Collaboration In California

K. Walker — 2013

The Report “identified priority areas for immediate action… : [1] Placement: Establish safe and secure emergency and transitional placements for CSEC victims. [2] Identification: Implement cross-system screening tools to systematically identify CSEC and children at risk of exploitation in order to inform and improve service delivery and placement decisions. [3] Training: Mandate training for all professionals working with youth in child-serving systems… . [4] Data: Develop protocols and strategies to coordinate, collect and share data across systems to better understand the scope of the problem, the level of interaction with multiple systems, and CSEC specific needs.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families

Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment for Victims of Human Trafficking, prepared for Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

E. Williamson, N. Dutch, H. Clawson — April 2010

This Issue Brief examines the evidence-based research for treating common mental health conditions experienced by victims of human trafficking. This topic was identified at the National Symposium on the Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims. Contents include: (1) Victims’ Mental Health Needs; (2) Trauma-Informed Services; (3) Evidence-Based Treatment for Symptoms/Diseases Associated with Human Trafficking. Additional Relevant Links:

released by The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad

Discusses: (1) Executive Order Strengthening Protections in Federal Contracts; (2) Tools and Training to Identify and Assist Trafficking Victims; (3) Increased Resources for Victims; (4) Federal Strategic Action Plan (Global Business Coalition Against Trafficking, U.S. Travel Association’s Anti-Trafficking Tool Kit, Counter-Trafficking in Persons Campus Challenge, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Research Partnership with Goldman Sachs Foundation and Advisory Council on Child Trafficking, Made in the Free World Initiative, etc.).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement

Fact Sheets, prepared for Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

Fact Sheets discussing: (1) National Human Trafficking Resource Center; (2) Human Trafficking (Definition, How Victims are Trafficked; Trafficking vs. Smuggling); (3) Sex Trafficking; (4) Labor Trafficking (Forms, Identifying Victims, Health Impacts); (5) Victim Assistance (Benefits and Services Available to Victims, Temporary Immigration Status and Relief); (6) Federal Efforts to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking; (7) Certification for Adult Victims of Trafficking (T Visa, Continued Presence); (8) Child Victims of Human Trafficking (Definition, Identification, Reporting, Assistance).

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families

Finding a Path to Recovery: Residential Facilities for Minor Victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking, prepared for Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

H. Clawson, L. Grace — September 2007

This Issue Brief focuses on minors who are victimized by sex traffickers across the U.S. It is intended to provide practical information about the characteristics and needs of these minors and describe the type of residential programs and facilities currently providing services for this population. The promising practices discussed here were identified by directors and staff of residential facilities housing and serving minor victims of domestic trafficking, juvenile corrections facilities, programs for runaway and homeless youth, child protective services personnel, and law enforcement. Contents include: (1) Impacts of Domestic Sex Trafficking on Minors; (2) Current Challenges and Limitations to Serving this Population; (3) Promising Practices from the Field: Residential Facilities.