About the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States

Q: What is the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States (SAP)?

A: The five-year plan outlines a collaborative, multi-phase effort across government agencies, led by co-chairs from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), and Justice (DOJ). Its mission is to make sure every victim of human trafficking is identified and provided access to the services they need to recover and rebuild their lives in a meaningful way.

Q: Where can I read the SAP?

A: You may view the entire plan by visiting https://acfstrongertogether.ideascale.com. You may also print the plan out as a PDF.

Q: Why is there a public comment period?

A: We want to provide an opportunity for stakeholders and experts within the anti-trafficking field, and civil society at large, to review the plan, make recommendations, and suggest additional items that can be accomplished to improve the response to victims and survivors of human trafficking. By opening up the plan to public comment, we hope to transparently gather feedback that will help us ultimately deliver a final version that is collaborative and comprehensive.

Q: What kind of feedback do you want?

A: You may comment on any aspect of the plan with feedback and suggestions. We also put together some questions to think about when reading the plan that might help the brainstorming process: • What actions should be prioritized? • What areas, gaps, or needs are not sufficiently addressed by the Plan? • What promising practices can be continued or emphasized? • What additional partnerships or collaborative efforts are needed?

Q: How long do I have to submit a comment?

A: The public comment period lasts 45 days and ends on May 24, 2013.

Q: What happens to all of the comments and suggestions?

A: We will review the input received during the public comment period and, where appropriate, incorporate these changes into the final version of the plan.

Q: When will you release the final plan?

A: We expect to complete the process of reviewing the feedback and making changes to the plan by early 2014.

About providing feedback

Q: How do I comment on the SAP?

A: You can leave a comment on the web at https://acfstrongertogether.ideascale.com, send us an email acf-comments@acf.hhs.gov, or send it to us through the mail: Administration for Children and Families U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ATTN: Karen Fears 901 D Street, SW 6th Floor West Washington, DC 20447

Q: What do I need to do in order to comment on the website?

A: You may submit ideas, like existing ideas, or add comments.
To submit an idea, please click the new idea button. You will then be asked to add a title and choose a campaign for the new idea. You will also have the option to add tags to the idea. To like on an idea, simply click the thumbs up icon to the left of the idea title/description. And to add a comment, click in the box below the idea.
You may also put your feedback in a Microsoft Word or portable document format (PDF) file and upload it to the site.

Q: May I comment more than once?

A: Yes, you may comment as many times as you like.

Q: Why didn’t my comment show up on the site?

A: If your comment contains the following materials, it violates the terms of participation and will be removed: • Threats of unlawful violence or harm to any individual or group • Obscene, vulgar, or lewd material • Defamatory or fraudulent statements • Terms commonly understood to constitute profanity or abusive or degrading slurs or epithets • Information that invades an individual’s privacy • Information that if published would violate criminal law or give rise to civil liability

Q: What does it mean if someone “likes” my comment?

A: If other people like your comment, they may show it by clicking on the thumbs up icon. Likes are strictly a social interaction and have no bearing on whether or not a comment or idea will be integrated into the final version of the plan.