The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) supports organizations and communities that are working to end youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. FYSB's anti-trafficking efforts focus on runaway and homeless youth and domestic violence victims, which are populations at increased risk for victimization.
Bought and Sold: Recognizing and Assisting Youth Victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (2017)
Outlines the signs and symptoms of youth who may have been trafficked, or who are at risk of being trafficked, and highlights resources for this vulnerable population.
Human Trafficking and Runaway and Homeless Youth
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau & Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center
Offers resources, eLearning modules, webinars, and more on runaway and homeless youth and their risk of becoming victims of sex and labor trafficking.
National Runaway Safeline
Ensures young people in crisis have a central place to call 24 hours a day before they run away from home. Operated by the National Runaway Switchboard, the National Runaway Safeline also focuses on prevention efforts by delivering educational resources and providing technical assistance to communities nationwide.
Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum
National Runaway Safeline (2019)
Helps youth build life skills to teach them to solve problems as opposed to running away, educates young people about alternatives to running away, and encourages youth to seek help from trusted community members before running away. This evidence-based, interactive curriculum includes a module to address child sexual exploitation and human trafficking prevention.
National Trends on Youth in Crisis in the United States: An Analysis of Trends in Crisis Connections to the National Runaway Safeline Over the Past Decade (2007–2017) (PDF - 1,690 KB)
National Runaway Safeline (2018)
Provides information about the characteristics of youth in crisis who reached out to the National Runaway Safeline and information on the issues they face.
The Overlap of Human Trafficking and Runaway and Homeless Youth
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (2020)
Discusses the overlap between youth homelessness and human trafficking and how runaway youth are at a higher risk of homelessness and victimization through sex and labor trafficking.
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API Institute) (2017)
Describes resources and training and technical assistance provided by the API Institute about the intersection of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking.
Understanding Trafficking to Develop a Local Tribal Response [Webinar]
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) (2015)
Describes the common dynamics that accompany human trafficking in Tribal communities and examples of responses by some Tribes. NIWRC provides training and technical assistance related to trafficking and its link to domestic violence.