• July/August 2015
  • Vol. 16, No. 6

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ACF's New Office on Trafficking in Persons

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is committed to preventing the trafficking of persons and to ensuring that survivors of trafficking—including adults and children; foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents; and survivors of labor and commercial sexual exploitation—receive necessary services. Several ACF offices have been providing these services to trafficking survivors, including the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Children's Bureau, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau. In response to the passage of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and in recognition of the importance of antitrafficking work, ACF created the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) within the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary. OTIP aims to better realize ACF's coordinated, strategic, and effective antitrafficking efforts.

Katherine Chon, who has served as ACF's Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons for the past 2 years, will lead OTIP as its director. Ms. Chon and OTIP leadership will be supported by staff who will work with ACF's antitrafficking grantees, contractors, Federal partners, and nongovernment stakeholders. Priority goals for OTIP include the following:

  • Establish a cohesive national human trafficking victim service delivery system that will serve victims of all forms of human trafficking
  • Develop a culture of data-informed antitrafficking programming and policy making
  • Integrate antitrafficking efforts into existing and new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services prevention strategies

For additional information, read an article by Mark Greenberg, ACF's Acting Assistant Secretary, in The Family Room blog at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2015/06/acf-creates-new-office-on-trafficking-in-persons. You can also visit the Frequently Asked Questions on the reorganization (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/office-on-trafficking-in-persons-frequently-asked-questions), as well as ACF's website on human trafficking (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/endtrafficking).

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