Sex Trafficking Survivors United has written a letter to President Obama, which we are copying to key people in the cabinet, as well as the Department of HHS and ACF. The letter is a group effort and features input from our more than 100 survivor members. 18 Survivor-Led NGOs, more than 143 survivors, 39 US NGOs & Leaders, 22 International NGOs & Leaders, and 278 survivor allies have signed this letter in support of ...more »
What additional partnerships or collaborative efforts are needed?
Victims of Human Trafficking suffer some of the most severe psychological disorders due to the particular form of abuse and humiliation. Their minds and bodies are enslaved in an exploitative dynamic that leads to the destructive emotional states. The American Psychoanalytic Association is comprised of professionals (psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, and therapists) who are experts who understand the burden ...more »
As possibly the two sectors to which the general public looks to most as moral standard-bearers, encourage partnerships between faith-based groups and law enforcement in shifting cultural norms, especially around purchasing sex and supporting survivors. Such collaboration exists in Harris County, Houston, TX between Harris County Sheriff's Dept. and Free the Captives. CAASE has toolkits for religious leaders about ...more »
Recommend adding Dept of Education as a sponsoring government agency to improve prevention awareness in public school system for children in grades K-12. Also recommend partnering with private and public universities to incorporate human trafficking education in degree programs for future professionals in applicable fields. This training is especially important for curricula in nursing/medical care, healthcare administration, ...more »
Consistent with the SAP’s recognition that “engaging survivors in anti-human trafficking leadership and decisionmaking is imperative to providing effective services” and that “a focus on the needs, beliefs, and interests” of survivors of trafficking is essential, efforts to seek out perspectives of trafficking survivors should include those of LGBTSTQ survivors of labor trafficking and coerced involvement in the sex trades, ...more »
Federal law enforcement agencies and federally-funded local law enforcement agencies need ongoing training, support, and guidance around human trafficking response. OVC and ORR hold monthly technical assistance calls for their grantees. This would be an excellent tool for law enforcement and would allow them to learn and expand their ability to respond to human trafficking in a victim-centered way.
In response to Objective 4, It is recommended that the Federal Government engage in joint efforts with various government agencies to increase public awareness on labor rights and outreach. Many survivors are not aware of their rights upon arriving to the United States and as such we are deprived of our rights, especially our labor rights. It would be best if there was a joint effort between the Department of Labor, US ...more »
Working with victims there are great barriers in accessing services for those with disabilities that are also foreign nationals as Suplemental Security Income for those with disabilities requires a social security number and often goes through a long process of denials and appeals.
It is important for the federal government to work with universities in order to train emerging public policy leaders, researchers, and activists on human trafficking. Partnerships on webinars and online trainings are critical in order to mobilize efforts through higher education.
The strategic plan does not indicate the stakeholder agencies and providers necessary to achieve the plan’s goals at the state and local level. For example, because many exploited youth have a history with the child welfare system (between 50-90%), the child welfare system could play a major role in the prevention and early intervention of commercial sexual exploitation. We know in California, that the child welfare agencies ...more »
Objective 5: Improve understanding of human trafficking through rigorous research and reporting. Comment: Data collecting agencies must work together to determine the types of data to collect with respect to the different types of trafficking. i. A lack of common language among the agencies that serve trafficking victims results in missed opportunity. For example, children in Alameda County, in California touch the ...more »
Re: Objective 10: Support survivors in attaining health and independence through high-quality services that are effective at meeting their needs. Comment: Sub-item “Promote improved medical and mental health outcomes.” In each area, include mental and behavioral health providers, particularly in regards to efforts to identify opportunities for training and collaboration to better identify and serve victims within targeted ...more »
2. Objective 7: Foster collaborations and partnerships to leverage resources and expertise. a. Comment: Related to sub-item “collaborate with youth-serving agencies and organizations,” add a sub-item related to child-welfare systems and the types of collaboration that would support their efforts to protect sexually exploited minors in their care, including collaborations with juvenile justice, education, mental health, ...more »
Increase funding for local anti-trafficking collaborations that incorporate a multi-disciplinary approach to responding to human trafficking. These collaborations include agencies from criminal justice systems and community-based victim services that work together to respond comprehensively to human trafficking by building strong relationships, victim-centered investigations, and trauma-informed services.
Homeless shelters play a critical role in victim identification as well as providing housing to victims. HUD funded shelters also have access to long term transitional housing for individuals who are homeless, however many of these programs require a social security number which is a barrier for foreign national victims of trafficking to have access to these housing programs.