September/October 2016Vol. 17, No. 7Arizona's Office for Sex Trafficking Intervention Research
The Arizona State University Office for Sex Trafficking Intervention Research (STIR) is helping the State's child welfare professionals identify and promote the long-term safety and well-being of child sex trafficking victims. With funding from a Children's Bureau grant to address trafficking within the child welfare population, the project aims to (1) identify which system-based child sex trafficking identification method works best for the Arizona child welfare system; (2) develop, implement, and sustain an enhanced array of trainings to increase awareness of child sex trafficking and promote identification; (3) develop multiagency engagement through regular trainings and meetings; and (4) train providers serving trafficked youth in targeted, trauma-informed intervention and treatment protocols that focus on sex trafficking, with the goal of preventing reentry into child sex trafficking situations.
In addition to partnering with Arizona's child welfare agency, STIR worked with a grantee of the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB's) Runaway and Homeless Youth Program to gain perspective on the overlap that can occur between sex trafficking and survival sex activities among runaway and homeless youth. STIR has also collaborated with the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts to train juvenile justice professionals on child sex trafficking issues.
STIR's new community website provides information on trauma-focused and victim-centered agencies serving sex trafficking victims throughout the State. Visit the site at http://sextraffickinghelp.com/.
Learn more about STIR and the Children's Bureau's grant to address human trafficking and its other grantees at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/discretionary-grant-awards-2014 and in a recent article by FYSB's National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth at http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/news/2016/06/children-s-bureau-grant-helps-raise-trafficking-awareness-among-arizona-youth-serving.