USA: Support the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (S. 1823)

Homeless teens. Kids in foster care. Young adults who run away from abusive group homes. Minor sex trafficking victims have had contact, often multiple times, with a child welfare system not always prepared to help them (see below for statistics). This bill helps use existing resources to better serve these vulnerable youth.


Why your lawmaker should support S. 1823:

  1. A 2007 study conducted in New York State shows that more than 85% of identified commercially sexually exploited children in New York State had prior child welfare involvement. Full report available at: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/reports/csec-2007.pdf
  2. Asking the Department of Health and Human Services to publish enhanced guidance in this area will work to ensure more uniform and cost-effective implementation at the state level.
  3. This legislation is low-cost because it focuses on the utilization of existing resources and reporting frameworks.
  4. The information identified by this reporting requirement will help child welfare officials better meet their child protection goals by encouraging better identification of trafficked children, and greater understanding of their specialized support and services needs, as well as earlier identification of cases and thus greater prevention of future abuse.