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Requiring a person in prostitution to “prove” she/he is a sex trafficking victim creates an additional layer of stigma that further marginalizes these victims and causes harm. The federal government should not be doing anything that may worsen the prognosis of sex trafficking victims’ abilities to recover and live meaningful, productive lives.
Many survivor-led organizations are experts in the areas of prevention, demand, and services to victims. If this Strategic Plan is to be effective, survivor-led organizations must be included as partners in the process.
To enhance the level of research relating to demand, the relevant federal research agencies including the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Health and other agencies involving mental health and education should convene an expert group of advisors, including survivors, to encourage more robust research on preventing and deterring demand. This would reduce the silos between researchers and practitioners ...more »
Anti-trafficking efforts must be anchored in the reality of survivors’ experiences and knowledge
Cooperative efforts across the political spectrum should be revitalized.
Increase partnering with medical, public health, and social sciences and applied mental health academic programs and related professional associations to increase training for health professionals on identifying and meeting the needs of human trafficking victims.
Addressing human trafficking on school campuses should include demand. The human resources policies of schools that receive federal funding should clearly state as a condition of employment that school employees cannot procure commercial sex.
Require, as a condition of certification, that all teachers, administrators, school nurses, psychologists, social workers and attendance officers, successfully complete an approved course in recognizing human trafficking.
Require that state curriculums for health and or sex education include a unit on the dangers of, and links between, prostitution and trafficking.
Include educational institutions in efforts to increase victim identification. This could be accomplished not only by inclusion in trainings but also requiring that any school district that receives federal funds designate and train a staff member in all school venues that can serve as a resource for trafficking identification with a focus not only on victims but on perpetrators and on the "education" that young boys ...more »
• Enable a system for shadow reports from NGOs, survivor groups, service providers and individual experts to highlight gaps and challenges and provide ongoing oversight for effective implementation of this Plan.
Urge every prosecutor’s office and law enforcement agency with more than 50 sworn personnel to have an officer trained specifically in responding to international victims of human trafficking and in particular, the statutes and regulations for T and U visas. For smaller jurisdictions, a federal employee should be specifically designated as the T and U visa specialist contact for local law enforcement agencies.