Resources on the Intersection of Human Trafficking and Child Welfare

Resources on the Intersection of Human Trafficking and Child Welfare

Children and youth in out-of-home care, who have been removed from their homes because of child abuse or neglect, are at particularly high risk of being trafficked. Many sources estimate trafficking statistics, but none provide a complete picture. For many reasons, the actual occurrence of sex and labor trafficking is unknown. Learn about the challenges of identifying victims, collecting and cross-referencing data, and deciding on common definitions in our issue brief, Child Welfare and Human Trafficking. It provides a broad overview of the crossover between the child welfare field and the work currently being done to prevent and respond to human trafficking of children and youth in the United States.

The White House has led the charge to make sure different government departments work together to serve victims of trafficking. However, government agencies aren't the only ones working toward increasing understanding, expanding access to services, and improving overall outcomes. There are many State and local organizations that provide information and resources on human trafficking. For more resources on the intersection of human trafficking and child welfare, visit the Human Trafficking webpage on Child Welfare Information Gateway's website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/trafficking/.