The National Convening on Trafficking and Child Welfare, cohosted by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), brought together State child welfare agencies, courts, and law enforcement partners to enhance their capacity to identify and respond to children and youth who are, or are at risk of becoming, victims of trafficking. The purpose of the convening was to highlight the importance of multisystemic collaboration in addressing the problem of domestic child sex trafficking and to support States in preparing for implementation of new mandates under the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014.
The convening focused on the following:
- Effective identification and assessment
- Securing appropriate placements
- Training the workforce and caregivers
- Providing individualized services and supports
The convening provided attendees with information on best practices from the anti-trafficking field, including specific examples from State and local entities that have been engaged in the work. Participants also worked in State teams to assess progress in their State and develop plans to address the new mandates.