Library for Victims / Survivors

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: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/HumanTrafficking/MentalHealth/index.pdf

The White House

Executive Order—Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts (2012)

President Barack Obama — September 25, 2012

Executive Order, modeled on successful practices in the private sector, strengthens protections against trafficking in persons in Federal contracting and helps to protect vulnerable individuals as contractors and subcontractors perform vital services and manufacture the goods procured by the United States. Requirements include annual certifications, compliance plans, self-reporting.

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).

Additional Relevant Links:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/fact-sheet-human-trafficking

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/fact-sheet-sex-trafficking-english

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/fact-sheet-labor-trafficking-english

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/fact-sheet-victim-assistance-english

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/fact-sheet-federal-efforts-to-assist-victims-of-human-trafficking

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/fact-sheet-certification-for-adult-victims-of-trafficking

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/fact-sheet-child-victims-of-human-trafficking

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.

Laws of Florida

Florida HB 1325/Ch. 2013-98: Victims of Human Trafficking

Enacted May 30, 2013; Effective Date January 1, 2014

(1) Revises mental, emotional, or developmental age of child victim whose out-of-court statement describing specified criminal acts is admissible in evidence; (2) Provides expungement of trafficking victim’s criminal history record; (3) Expunged conviction is deemed vacated due to substantive defect in underlying criminal proceedings; (4) Official documentation of status as trafficking victim creates presumption; (5) Provides for electronic appearances of petitioners; (6) Provides for physical destruction of records; (7) Authorizes person whose records are expunged to lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge arrests covered by expunged record without subjecting person to perjury charges or liability.

Laws of Florida

Florida HB 1327: Human Trafficking Victims

Enacted May 30, 2013; Effective Date January 1, 2014

Creates a public record exemption for expunged criminal history record of trafficking victims. Such record retained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is confidential and exempt from public record requirements and shall only be made available to criminal justice agencies for their criminal justice purposes.