The quality of the decisions that are being made by all stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking is only as good as the data that supports these decisions. Given the massive scale of the collaborative efforts, and the rapid rate in which this is occurring, I believe that a framework and/or set of guiding principles for data collection and data sharing at the national and local levels should be firmly established ...more »
What actions should be prioritized?
I submitted a paper on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Ms. Rothwell. It was my culminating project for my MPH program at San Francisco State University. I am planning on publishing it on the internet soon, and may still make minor changes. In this paper I share information about the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Oakland, focusing on the local context and factors along ...more »
Funding and resources from government, private, and philanthropic sources available to combat human trafficking should be prioritized to meeting these critical needs identified by survivors of trafficking themselves over responses which do not address the conditions which create vulnerability to violence and limit options for avoiding and escaping abusive situations. Those conditions, as acknowledged in the SAP, include ...more »
Based on existing research, and our experience working with LGBTSTQ youth and adults, we strongly recommend that actions such as those outlined under Objective 8 of the SAP, which focus on meeting basic needs and eliminating barriers to access to housing, the workplace, medical care, comprehensive legal services and immigration status be highly prioritized. Additionally, priority should be given to eliminating barriers ...more »
Remove barriers to safe and affordable housing as well as mandating a standard of care for housing and shelter programs for survivors, including training, certification, clinical supervision, cultural and language competencies and confidentiality. Increase access to mental health services and alternative healing opportunities that can address trauma in multiple ways. Increase partnership with runaway/homeless youth ...more »
Research directly documenting the needs and experiences of LGBSTQ youth and adults in their own voices overwhelmingly demonstrate that the primary needs identified by these communities include: ➢ Universal, voluntary and unconditional access to safe, supportive, and LGBTSTQ affirming shelter, as well as viable transitional and long term affordable housing options; ➢ Universal access to medical care, including gender ...more »
Ensure survivor voices are equal to NGO's in creation of terminology and guidance. Create a Leadership Council comprised of service providers and survivors (sex and labor, int’l and domestic, youth and adult) to advise on a federal level. Include regional perspectives. What is appropriate in Lubbock, Texas differs from San Francisco, CA. Types of trafficking vary regionally and the US also has its own cultural ...more »
Training should be provided for law enforcement, prosecutors, court room victim advocates, judges, court personnel, probation and diversion to enhance the criminal justice systems’ awareness and response to human trafficking. This will improve victim identification, victim-centered cases and positive outcomes for prosecuted cases.
Match the funding of the ORR project for undocumented trafficked minor to the needs of domestic citizens. These ORR programs are fully funded and DO EXCEPTIONAL WORK. we should mirror them in our efforts to eradicated domestic victimization. The services are robust and demonstrate an understanding of the needs of traumatized young people.
Police officers should be permitted and encouraged to take a young person the officer suspects has been a victim of trafficking or exploitation directly to a program providing safety and services for trafficking victims; such as a runaway and homeless youth shelter or other designated victim service provider. Right now, young people are not routinely screened for trafficking and victimization, but instead are treated ...more »
The Department of Justice should support law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of the facilitation of human trafficking and the sale of commercial sex over the Internet and via social media. The online forums in which human trafficking may be present are innumerable, representing a considerable difficulty in investigation and prosecution. It would also be helpful for DOJ to provide training for local law ...more »
The Department of Justice should assist local law enforcement in developing methods to shift the disproportionate emphasis away from arresting individuals for prostitution toward individuals who promote prostitution, commit human trafficking and purchase commercial sex.
Many times, awareness efforts are limited to types of trafficking that have gained more notoriety such as domestic minor sex trafficking, sex trafficking by pimps, sex trafficking in massage parlors, labor trafficking in agriculture, etc. This limits the public’s view and our field’s view of who can be trafficked, who are traffickers and where trafficking can occur. With the goals surrounding raising awareness in both ...more »
Establish a base level of simple, universal reporting metrics, that are very clearly defined and can be used by federal agencies, federal grantees, and state governments/agencies, with instructions and technical assistance for the state and local level for adapting/translating the state laws and procedures into the system. These metrics should include both law enforcement data fields, and service provider fields, and ...more »
Provide clear guidance for all law enforcement and prosecutors, and across all federal agencies and federal grantees, on the definition of a victim and standards required for a victim to receive federally funded support services, and ensure that these definitions and standards are based on the victim’s experience and not tied to or equated with 1) having enough evidence to arrest/charge/prosecute the alleged perpetrator; ...more »