Notice Inviting Informal Public Comment


Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity: Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States


Summary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, reaffirming the American values of freedom and equality. The Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity: Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013-2017 (the Plan) embraces these principles and builds on the progress that our Nation has made in combating human trafficking and modern-day forms of slavery through government action, as well as partnerships with civil society and concerned citizens.


The Plan is a part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking at home and abroad, and it builds on the strong record of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The development of the Plan was announced by President Obama in his September 25, 2012 remarks to the Clinton Global Initiative, during which he pledged to “do even more to help victims recover and rebuild their lives. We’ll develop a new action plan to improve coordination across the federal government. We’re increasing access to services to help survivors become self-sufficient".


The five-year Plan is a collaborative, multi-phase effort across agencies, led by co-chairs from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS),Homeland Security (DHS),and Justice (DOJ).


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF),at HHS is inviting informal comment from the public for a period of 45 days. The purpose of this public comment period is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders and experts within the anti-trafficking field, and civil society at large, to review the Plan, make recommendations to strengthen the Plan, and suggest additional items that can be accomplished through collaboration with states, tribes, and local communities or partners to improve the Nation’s response to victims and survivors of human trafficking. The co-chairs of this strategic planning effort will coordinate the review of input received during the public comment period and make changes to the Plan as appropriate.



Vision

We envision that every victim of human trafficking is identified and provided access to the services they need to recover and rebuild their lives through the creation of a responsive, sustainable, comprehensive, and trauma-informed victim services network that leverages public and private partners and resources effectively



Dates

The public comment period will close on: May 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm



Description of Requested Input

Criteria for helpful input

  • • Comments should be aligned with the stated vision and goals of the Plan
  • • Comments should be aligned with the stated values and principles of the Plan
  • • Recommendations should be specific and actionable within the 5 year time period of the Plan
  • • Recommendations should be measurable and identify implementing federal, state, tribal or local government departments and agencies within existing authorities

General guiding questions

  • • What actions should be prioritized?
  • • What areas, gaps, or needs are not sufficiently addressed by the Plan?
  • • What are promising practices that can be continued or emphasized?
  • • What additional partnerships or collaborative efforts are needed?

Comment submission guidelines

You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • • Via web at ACF Stronger Together
  • • Via email by sending to acf-comments@acf.hhs.gov
  • • Via mail postmarked no later than May 24, 2013 to:
    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